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New initiative called HeatSmart Bethel launched

The town of Bethel has launched a new initiative called HeatSmart Bethel.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker called it an opportunity to cut energy costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Bethel has partnered with the nonprofit People’s Action for Clean Energy, to develop a yearlong outreach program. 

The initiative will help residents access the programs and incentives available through EnergizeCT.  HeatSmart streamlines the home weatherization process by scheduling affordable energy evaluations for participants, and provides educational presentations to better inform people about heating and cooling choices. 

The cost of a Home Energy Solutions visit, which typically provides services worth hundreds of dollars, is $50, or free to those who are income eligible.  During the audit, utility-certified technicians evaluate the home's energy performance, run a safety check of the current heating system, add weather stripping, seal air leaks, and faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads.  Technicians will also provide written recommendations for deeper energy-saving measures such as insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling, water heating, windows and appliances.  For some income eligible residents, some of these secondary measures may be free. 

Participants who have an energy audit completed through the program will be eligible for a $250 drawing, which will take place in November.  

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