Fair Haven is a Diverse Community with a Rich History and a Beautiful Waterfront
In front of our house at 80 Atwater Street there's a sign that says "This house just got free insulation!" Connecticut's Home Energy Solutions Program offers Home Energy Audits to homeowners and renters. Here's a good article on the program from the Hartford Courant: http://articles.courant.com/2012-10-27/business/hc-bottom-line-home...
On the web site for the New Haven Office of Sustainability there's a page that explains how our neighbors can request a Home Energy Audit, at http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Sustainability/GHHI/Preview/
For low-income families the audit is free; others pay $75, which is far less than they will save in the first year. The technicians not only test your home for leaks, but work for hours to seal up a lot of them, caulking around windows, and making other appropriate simple improvements
I'd like to invite interested members of CSNA to form an Economic Resilience subgroup of the Economic Development Group. Our first project could be mounting an effort to make sure our neighbors become aware of this opportunity, and possibly also helping people understand what they can do to make the process easier for themselves and the technicians.
The Courant article, written in October of 2012, says "The program somehow has remained underused and unappreciated: Only 103,000 households of the 951,000 single-family residents have enlisted since it began in 2006. Yet last year the program estimated it saved program participants $15.5 million in energy costs."
Saving money while reducing unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions: Yay!!!