Energy efficiency programs in Connecticut in 2012 saved residents, businesses and communities $53.8 million, according to a report released Tuesday.
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board released its 2012 Programs and Operations Report to members of the General Assembly and other policy-makers. Some of the details:
-More than 500,000 homeowners and renters participated in residential energy-saving programs, collectively saving themselves about $27.9 million.
-More than 4,500 Connecticut businesses and municipalities took part in energy-saving programs, saving approximately $25.9 million.
-Energy efficiency measures kept more than 200,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions out of our air.
"We saw a tremendous growth in the participation ... which means more money saved by our residents and businesses and a healthier environment for Connecticut," commented Dan Esty, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and chairman of the Energy Efficiency Board. "Our commitment to energy efficiency is a key component of our state's first-ever Comprehensive Energy Strategy and the foundation of (Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's) commitment to bring cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable power to our state. We are ... pursuing a number of initiatives in 2013 that will increase the effectiveness and scope" of the effort.
The Energy Efficiency Fund is supported by CL&P and UI customers through the combined public benefits charge on the electric bill. Customers of Connecticut Natural Gas, Southern Connecticut Gas Co. and Yankee Gas Services Co. also pay into the fund via a conservation charge included in their rates.
The fund's programs include residential energy usage assessments, rebate and retail product programs and a program for the construction of new homes.
Commercial, industrial and municipal programs offered include free energy audits for small businesses, rebates as well as incentives and financing options for purchase of energy efficient equipment and for incorporating energy efficiency measures into new construction.