March 6, 2013

CT saved $53.8M in 2012 energy efficiency

By participating in energy efficiency programs, Connecticut businesses and residents saved $53.8 million in energy costs and avoided over 200,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2012.

More than 4,500 businesses and municipalities and 500,000 homeowners participated in energy efficiency programs in 2012 according to an annual report from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board, which oversees the state's energy efficiency programs.

The report highlighted the Energize Connecticut brand, which uses Connecticut's utilities to bring energy saving programs to consumers, and the Clean Energy Communities program, where 31 communities have pledged to reduce 20 percent of their municipal buildings energy while getting another 20 percent from renewable sources by 2018.

Programs the fund offered include free energy audits for small businesses, rebate incentives and financing options for energy efficient equipment or practices, and training to help implement company-wide behavioral changes.

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