Improving home energy efficiency means giving residents control over their energy usage by using less energy without sacrificing comfort. However, the initial cost of these improvements can put them out of reach of low income customers. The Connecticut legislature is considering a bill to make energy efficiency funds available to heating oil users (48% of housing units). Please ask your state senators and representatives to support SB 450, An Act Concerning Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy.
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Connecticut has wide range of efficiency programs available for most natural gas and electric heat customers, including limited income households. Improving home energy efficiency gives residents control over their energy usage, so they can use less and save money without sacrificing comfort.
Unfortunately, residents of the 48% of housing units in Connecticut that are heated with fuel oil currently have limited access to state efficiency programs. Though all customers of UI and CL&P contribute to the efficiency funds via a user fee on their electricity bill, gas customers also contribute via their gas bills and oil customers do not. Because of this, the state has capped the amount of efficiency assistance that oil customers can receive.
SB 450, An Act Concerning Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy would correct this unfair situation. The bill establishes fair access to the state’s money-saving efficiency programs for all customers regardless of fuel source, and creates a dedicated Fuel Oil Conservation Account to help support the programs.
Families using oil could save up to $768 each winter by increasing the efficiency of their homes—hard-earned dollars which would otherwise be drained from Connecticut’s economy since we import all of our coal, natural gas, and oil from other states and countries. Expanding our efficiency programs to oil customers would create additional business opportunities and jobs for local businesses that provide energy audits and efficiency upgrades. There is also the potential to cut 251,000 short tons of greenhouse gas emissions yearly by burning less oil, helping our state meet its climate goals under the Global Warming Solutions Act. Energy efficiency is a great resource for saving money, creating jobs, and reducing pollution.
These programs should be available to Connecticut residents regardless of how their homes are heated. Please support SB 450, An Act Concerning Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy that makes our state efficiency programs available to everyone.
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