By: Jack Coraggio

November 7, 2014

NEW MILFORD — The town’s Clean Energy Task Force, which was established this spring, helps make residents aware of energy- and money-saving opportunities.

The Clean Energy Task Force recently assisted Seongho Hong, the owner of Olympic Taekwondo Academy on Danbury Road, whose business took advantage of energy-saving initiatives offered by Energize CT — a collaboration of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, the state, and electric and gas utilities.

Through the Small Business Energy Advantage program, Hong was able to upgrade his business’s interior and exterior lighting system. The energy-efficient lights immediately made up for about 40 percent of the overall cost, he said.

“I’m very pleased with the new lights, and my students have noticed the change,” Hong said.

With each energy-efficient project completed, New Milford earns points toward a state grant that can be used for efficiency upgrades in municipal buildings.

Kim Erikson of the Clean Energy Task Force called it a “triple win” because businesses save money through the upgrades, the upgrades generate more projects and programs, and everybody does better when less energy is consumed, she said.

To learn more, visit energizect. com.