Connecticut’s Energy Future

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Energy Assistance

illustration of a housePrograms are in place that can help families pay their heating bills this winter. Additional programs include direct cash assistance for heating costs, rebates for replacing outdated furnaces with more efficient models and low- or no-interest long-term loans for energy-efficient upgrades.

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This page updated January 15, 2014.

Help With Your Heating Bill

The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) and the Contingency Heating Assistance Program (CHAP) help offset the costs of winter heating and also pay for weatherization services. For income eligibility and benefit levels, contact the Department of Social Services (DSS) at 1-800-842-1132 or visit the Winter Heating Assistance Web page at DSS. You can also contact Infoline at 211 or visit the Infoline Web pages on CEAP and CHAP.

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is funded by the US Department of Energy, and helps low-income persons to minimize energy-related costs and fuel usage in their homes through retrofits and home improvement measures. The statewide Community Action Agency (CAA) network operates the Weatherization Assistance Program. Applications are taken at the same time as the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program as part of a joint application process. Make sure to ask the staff person for a Weatherization Card or Referral Form if you are interested in the program. For the Energy Assistance intake site near you, call 2-1-1.

Sales Tax Exemptions

Connecticut provides sales tax exemptions for energy-efficient products including:

  • Insulation
  • Caulking
  • Doors
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Furnaces
  • Geothermal heat pumps
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Water heaters
  • Windows

Connecticut’s Energy Portal

Are you interested in saving even more money on your energy bills? Have you ever thought about making your home or business more energy efficient, or even of installing renewable energy technology like solar panels? Connecticut’s new, comprehensive energy information portal, energizect.com, is your one-stop shop for information on all of the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

Other Energy Links

Senate Democrats on This Issue

The General Assembly’s Energy & Technology Committee

The Energy & Technology Committee considers legislation on all matters related to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA, formerly DPUC) and energy planning and activities.

Senator Bob Duff, Senate Chair; 860-240-0414

Senator Gary LeBeau, Senate Vice-chair; 860-240-0511


News Releases from the Senate Democrats on Energy Issues

Duff Applauds Release of Cybersecurity Strategy for CT Utilities 4/14/14

Duff Leads Passage of Shared Clean Energy Program 3/24/14

Duff Welcomes Nomination of Robert Klee as DEEP Commissioner 1/23/14

Bartolomeo’s Energy Expo Offers Cost-Saving Heating Options for Connecticut Families 1/13/14

Bartolomeo: State-of-the-Art Training Will Create Jobs and Energy Opportunities for Connecticut 11/20/13

Duff Recognized by the CT Farm Bureau for Support of Farm Energy Issues 11/15/13

Duff Joins Operation Fuel for Release of Energy Affordability Gap Study 11/14/13

Duff Calls for Innovative Thinking in Home Heating Assistance to Help More Families 9/24/13

Duff Applauds State’s Selection of Two Large-Scale Clean Energy Projects 9/20/13

Fonfara: New Parkville Microgrid Will Make Power More Reliable at Key Locations 8/15/13

Fonfara Applauds Approval of 2 C-PACE Solar Projects in Hartford 8/1/13

Duff Applauds Governor Malloy’s Signing of Major Energy Legislation 7/8/13

Monroe Legislators Announce Passage of Major Energy Efficiency Improvements 6/5/13

Duff & Reed Win Final Passage of Comprehensive Energy Strategy Bill 6/5/13

Duff Attends Groundbreaking for North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Park 5/3/13

Connecticut Senate Votes for Renewable Energy Reform 5/1/13

Duff: Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Passes Senate 4/24/13

Duff Highlights the Importance of Home Heating Assistance and Operation Fuel 4/11/13

Duff: Norwalk Energy Efficiency Project Will Help Shopping Plaza Businesses to Save 4/1/13

Commerce Committee Chairmen Declare Home Heating Tax Dead 3/21/13

Meyer Receives Sneak Peek of Nearly Open Greenleaf Biofuels 2/28/13

Duff to Chair Legislature&rsquos Energy & Technology Committee 1/10/13

Connecticut Light & Power Customers

CL&P customers who own their own home or rent may be able to significantly lower their energy bills by participating in a home energy audit through the Home Energy Solutions (HES) program. During the audit, technicians look for and seal leaks in doors and windows, swap old light bulbs for efficient ones and make other improvements. The average participant saves a significant amount in energy expenses over the course of the next year with a low upfront cost. Income-eligible customers may receive this service for free. For more information, call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873) or visit CL&P’s Home Energy Solutions or Home Energy Solutions - Income Eligible Web page.

The Matching Payment Program provides year-round electric service and possible forgiveness of back balances to low-income electric heating customers who have past-due balances. Call 1-800-286-2828 (860-947-2828 in the Hartford and Meriden calling areas).

The NUSTART program helps certain customers reduce or eliminate their past-due balance if they pay an agreed-upon budgeted amount on time each month. Call CL&P at 1-800-286-2828 (860-947-2828 in the Hartford and Meriden calling areas).

United Illuminating Customers

UI Helps is a free service to help lower your energy bills. An energy expert comes to your home and performs an energy audit. For more information, call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873) or visit UI’s Home Energy Solutions or Home Energy Solutions - Income Eligible Web page.

The Forgiveness Program helps residential customers who heat with electricity and are having difficulty making payments. Call 1-800-322-9288.

The Matching Payment Plan helps low-income customers maintain year-round service and pay down delinquent balances by company-matched dollars. Call 1-800-442-5004.

Save on Your Electric Bill

Choose Your Electric Supplier

The rate you pay for the generation portion of your electric bill may be lowered. The ability for electric ratepayers to choose a new supplier was greatly enhanced following the passage of legislation in 2007. Connecticut electric companies are now required to provide information about competitive suppliers to their customers. Anyone who is interested should visit www.ctenergyinfo.com or call 1-877-947-3873 for more information.

Boiler/Furnace Replacement Program

Heating our homes is expensive and many of us live with inefficient boilers/furnaces because of the high cost to replace them. We recently passed legislation creating a boiler/furnace replacement program that will not require you to pay a major upfront cost.

The program is available to all residential property owners that have paid their utility bill for six consecutive months (no credit check involved). The loan will be paid back as part of your monthly utility bill (electric or gas) with an Interest rate no greater than three percent with a repayment period of up to ten years to keep monthly costs low. If you sell your home, your unpaid loan balance transfers to the new owner. Through this program you can realize actual energy savings (amount depends on the type of boiler/furnace you buy and the fuel used).

For more information visit ctenergyloan.com or call 855-803-3090.

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