NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — East Haven’s mayor wants his town to be more energy efficient. He’s leading the way this morning by getting a Home Energy Solutions assessment at his house.
Checking for gas leaks is just the beginning of this home energy audit. It’s designed to save the homeowner money and much more.
“Anytime we get to save energy I think it’s a good way to help our economy, a good way to help our country,” said Mayor Joseph Maturo, (R) East Haven.
Maturo is looking to set an example by joining the Home Energy Solutions program through his power company.
“On average people save $200 per year just from this first step,” said Jane Lano, United Illuminating.
That first step includes a giant fan to depressurize the Mayor’s house. Then an expert like Tito Molina can use liquid smoke to see where outside air is coming into the house, because that’s money going out the window.
“And our objective today is to identify it and attack it. Either caulk, foam, weatherstrip – whatever it takes to bring that amount down to a more reasonable level,” said Molina.
He then checks out whether the Mayor’s appliances are energy-efficient, puts in low flow shower heads and faucets, and even replaces inefficient light bulbs. For years, we’ve been told to swap out incandescent bulbs for the compact fluorescent bulbs, but now there’s something better. An LED bulb is much more efficient than the incandescent. It doesn’t have the funny look of a fluorsecent, and it’s light is much more like the incandescent bulbs.
The Mayor wants everybody in town to get this done because the town then gets a reward for being a Clean Energy Community.
“So for every sign up that we get for home energy solutions, and we also have a small business program as well, for all the participation that we have in these programs, the town earns point,” said Lano.
“And through that point system, the UI will give us up to a $10,000 grant to re-invest in energy savings in one of our other municipal buildings,” said Maturo.
They’re still deciding on what to spend that $10,000. Meanwhile, if you’d like your energy bills to go down, the audit costs $99, but low-income households can apply to get it for free.