Energy conservation and efficiency saved Connecticut consumers an estimated $46 million last year, ranking the state among the nation's leaders, proponents say.
Nearly 349,000 households, plus more than 3,100 businesses and municipalities, shared in the savings promoted through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, officials told state lawmakers this week.
The various energy-efficiency measures and low-energy heating and cooling equipment and lights paid for by the fund last year will achieve savings totaling nearly $337 million over their projected lifetimes, officials said.
Those achievements have been largely responsible for Connecticut being awarded the third highest energy efficiency scorecard in the nation by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy in 2009, according to the Energy Conservation Management Board.
"ECMB is proud of these programs and the tremendous results they have shown for Connecticut," Chairman Jeff Gaudiosi said in a statement.
Connecticut's energy conservation program also has educated the public on ways to cut energy use, Gaudiosi said.
Connecticut's energy-efficiency programs are funded by a surcharge on customers' utility bills and administered by the state's electric and gas utilities.