December 9, 2008

Cheap home energy audits available

Press release from Gov. Jodi Rell:

Governor Rell: Vendors Signing Up for Energy Audit Program
for Homes with Oil and Propane Heat

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that 14 Connecticut vendors have signed up for a new program to help Connecticut residents save money by making their heating systems and homes more energy efficient.

The new program starts with the cleaning, tuning and testing of a customer’s furnace. The efficiency of the heating system is then audited. The program is a $500 value but costs the consumer just $75.

Participating licensed heating, piping and cooling contractors are:

· Deep River Oil Company, Inc. (Deep River) 860-526-5415
· Somers Oil Service Inc. (Somers) 860-749-4490
· Beacon Mechanical Service, LLC (Granby) 860-844-0111
· Gault, Inc. (Westport) 203-227-5181
· R & W Heating LLC (Uncasville) 860-848-9993
· Link Mechanical Services, Inc. (New Britain) 860-826-5880
· Fox Heating Service Inc. (Stafford Springs) 860-684-9113
· Edgerton, Inc. (Monroe) 203-268-6279
· Rich's Oil Service (Enfield) 860-763-2015
· Brooks Oil Service (Bristol) 860-585-1515
· Stafford Mechanical Services Inc. (Stafford Springs) 860-684-9485
· Wesson Energy Inc. (Waterbury) 203-756-7041
· Tracey Energy Services LLC (New Haven) 203-777-5747
· JR Heating and Cooling LLC (Plainville) 860-793-2686

“This program will help people to achieve both short- and long-term savings on their energy bills,” Governor Rell said. “We want to provide consumers with a range of energy services at a tremendous value – helping with immediate out-of-pocket costs as well as with ongoing energy expenses.”

Once the oil system audit is complete, the customer will be referred to the existing Home Energy Solutions program, which performs a whole-house energy audit as well as some weatherization measures. The Home Energy Solutions program is administered by the state’s electric and gas utilities.

The program will also work in the reverse. When oil-heated households receive a Home Energy Solutions audit will be referred to one of the participating heating, piping and cooling contractors to have their systems cleaned, tuned and tested. In either case, the customer will be asked to pay only $75 for both services. The state and the ratepayer-funded Home Energy Solutions program will pick up the rest of the costs.

To qualify for the program, consumers need to schedule whole-house audit services with their electric utility or contact one of the participating heating system service companies to schedule clean, tune and test services between now and June 30, 2009. The customer will pay $75 for the first audit service and the rest will be paid for through the program.

The list of participating heating system contractors is updated on a weekly basis. An up-to-date list can be found at Consumers are encouraged to check this website for the latest information on this program.

For more information about the program, call 1-866-940-4676.

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