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Demand Response

 
Type
Business
 
Category
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment
  • Sustainability

Get paid to help reduce strain on the grid and keep carbon emissions and energy costs low for everyone.

Additional Details

Demand response helps relieve strain on the electrical grid by telling participating customers to reduce their energy use at times of peak demand. This extends the life of grid infrastructure and reduces the need for replacements and repairs, keeping energy costs low. Times of peak demand are also when carbon emissions are highest because they require additional power generation from dirtier fuels. By participating in demand response, your business can earn incentives for helping reduce carbon emissions and keep energy costs low. 

Step 1

Get started by learning more about ways to participate and incentives offered by your utility:

Eversource ConnectedSolutions

Step 2

Once enrolled, your utility will send out notifications when a peak demand event is expected. All you have to do is reduce your energy use during that period. This can be done manually by doing things like shutting off lights or shifting processes, automatically through a building management system, controlled device, or discharging storage such as a battery, or with the help of a curtailment service provider. Contact Eversource for more information on eligible participation strategies.

Step 3

At the end of the season, in most cases summer or winter, your utility will calculate your incentive, often based on how much you reduced your energy use during events, and sends you a check.

Commercial, industrial or municipal customers of all sizes are eligible to participate.

For more information or other questions contact your utility below:

Eversource

Demand Response

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Incentive
Up to $300
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment
  • Sustainability

Smart energy use is not just about how much you use, but when you use it. You could earn rewards for using your smart devices to help lower peak demand, which reduces strain on the grid and keeps carbon emissions and energy costs low for everyone.

Additional Details

Demand response helps relieve strain on the electrical grid by making small adjustments to Wi-Fi connected devices to reduce energy use during times of peak demand. These adjustments have little to no impact on comfort, but by bringing together the power of thousands of devices we can make a big difference.

Lowering demand helps extend the life of grid infrastructure and reduces the need for replacements and repairs, keeping energy costs low. Times of peak demand are also when carbon emissions are highest because they require additional power generation from dirtier fuels. By enrolling your eligible Wi-Fi connected devices, you can earn incentives for helping reduce carbon emissions and keep energy costs low for everyone.

Step 1

Get started by learning more about ways to participate and incentives offered by your utility:

Eversource ConnectedSolutions

Step 2

Once enrolled, your utility will send out notifications when a peak demand event is expected. All you have to do is reduce your energy use during that period. This can be done manually by doing things like shutting off lights or shifting processes, automatically through a building management system, controlled device, or discharging storage such as a battery, or with the help of a curtailment service provider. Contact Eversource for more information on eligible participation strategies.

Step 3

At the end of the season, in most cases summer or winter, your utility will calculate your incentive, often based on how much you reduced your energy use during events, and sends you a check.

Residential electric customers in Connecticut with eligible devices are eligible to participate.

For more information or questions contact your utility:

Eversource

C-PACE

 
Type
Business
 
Category
  • Commercial Renewable Energy and On-site Generation
  • Financing
  • New Construction or Major Renovation

It’s easier than ever to invest in energy-saving improvements and renewable energy projects. Visit C-PACE.com to get started today.

Additional Details

Through the Connecticut Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, building owners access affordable, long-term financing for qualifying clean energy and energy efficiency upgrades that can lower energy costs and make their buildings more comfortbale. Visit C-PACE.com to get started.

Energy Conscious Blueprint

 
Type
Business
 
Category
 
Incentive
Various levels of incentive available
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Lighting
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Process Equipment

Maximize your new facility’s energy performance by planning for efficiency from the beginning. With help from Eversource and the United Illuminating (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG), and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG), subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. (The Companies), businesses can receive support incorporating energy savings into their new construction and building renovation projects.

Additional Details

With the new financial incentives and technical assistance available, customers and design teams have access to valuable resources for making smart energy decisions that deliver cost savings and better building performance for the future.

Financial incentives are designed to offset the cost of purchasing and installing energy-efficient electric and natural gas equipment. Combining both opportunities, when appropriate, allows you to maximize energy cost savings. Energy efficiency is a proven way to reduce the cost of doing business. 

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

Engage with us early on in your project to optimize energy efficiency. With project paths suited to a range of facilities and different levels of energy efficiency measures, there is a pathway for every project. Click the links below for more information about each path, or click here for an overview of the program. 

Path 1: Zero Net Energy (ZNE)/Deep Energy Savings

Comprehensive technical expertise and financial incentives for ZNE, ZNE Ready, very low energy use intensity (EUI) and Passive House projects. 

View the Memorandum of Understanding for Path 1 for more information.

Path 2: Whole Buildings EUI Reduction

Comprehensive technical expertise and financial incentives for meeting EUI reduction goals. 

View the Memorandum of Understanding for Path 2 for more information.

Path 3: Whole Buildings Streamlined

Prescriptive incentives for incorporating energy equipment into projects that are small, simple, fast- moving, or projects in advance design. Incentives are qualified individually for each energy efficiency system/piece of equipment proposed.

View the Memorandum of Understanding for Path 3 for further details.

Path 4: Systems

Prescriptive rebates are available for incorporating smaller energy efficient measures into projects. The Prescriptive / Custom incentives are qualified individually for each energy efficiency system/piece of equipment proposed.

Contact your utility directly or call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) to get started.

Eversource and UI are introducing a new initiative, Sustainable Office Design (SOD), to deliver integrated technical solutions for the leased commercial office market. The SOD program promotes and offers incentives for well‐thought-out, innovative, and controls‐rich lighting designs for tenant improvement (TI) projects. Please see the SOD one pager for a program overview.

Benefits of Program Elements to Building Owners/Tenants:

  1. Simple and predictable $1/square foot (sf) incentive for budgeting and planning purposes
  2. Opportunity to overcome building owner/tenant split-incentive with utility incentive that can be assigned to the stakeholder that pays for the TI fit-out
  3. Quick 1-month turnaround application review timeline that aligns with TI projects
  4. Energy savings from pre-approved lighting and controls performance targets
     
Technical Design Criteria for SOD Incentive: Resulting Benefits from SOD:
  • Minimum Space Requirement: 7,500 sf
  • Open Office Component: ≥40 percent
  • Partition Heights: ≤48 inches
  • Lighting Power Density: ≤.60 watts/sf
  • Control Density: ≤250 sf/control point
  • Higher Energy and Operational Savings
  • Contributes to LEED and ENERGY STAR Certification
  • Shows Leadership in Sustainability Goals
  • Higher Tenant Productivity & Satisfaction
  • Higher Building Occupancy & Rental Rates

Benefits of Program Elements to Designers:

  1. Helps prevent value-engineering of efficient lighting and control systems
  2. Flexible approach enables creativity in design and does not limit technology options - a target level of performance must be met, but the means of doing so is not prescribed
  3. Quick turnaround of application review
  4. Offers competitive advantage to design firms who bring SOD incentive dollars to prospective clients
  5. Provides a Lighting Designer Incentive equal to 20 percent of the total incentive amount (up to $15,000)*

 Steps to Apply

Step 1 - 

Make sure your project is eligible. Review and complete the Sustainable Office Design Program application.

Step 2 - 

Submit your completed application to your utility.

Eversource     UI

* Note: Only lighting designers who have obtained LC, CLEP CLD certification, or are current members of IALD are eligible. The lighting designer must design, engineer, or install, and not profit solely from the sale of the lighting.

Energy Conservation Loan Program

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Financing
  • Gas Water Heating
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Help for Income Eligible
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Renewable Energy

This program for income-qualified consumers offers below market interest rate terms for the purchase and installation of cost-saving energy efficient improvements for single or multi-family homes.

Additional Details

**Effective 12/28/2017, the ECL loan program is limited to emergency situations only (non-working heating systems and leaking roofs). Applicants must be ineligible for other programs in order to qualify for an emergency loan**

Energy Conservation Loans finance energy conservation improvements for low- and moderate-income single-family (1-4 units) home owners. This program is funded by the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) and is administered by Capital for Change, Inc (C4C). This loan may be used to finance energy efficient home improvements up to $25,000 at below-market interest rates. Zero-percent interest rate loans are available for higher-efficiency boilers and furnaces.

Income Limit

This is an income-restricted program. Please Capital for Change, Inc. for the current income limits by town and household size.

Loan Amount and Term

Single family (1-4 units) homeowners may borrow between $400 - $25,000 for a period of 10 years for eligible improvements. 

Eligible Improvements

The following are the emergency improvements eligible under the ECL program as of 12/28/2017:

  • Replacement of non-operational heating system
    • 0% interest for furnaces/boilers that meet efficiency minimum of ENERGY STAR® rating for natural gas or > 84% efficiency rating for oil/propane
    • Applicant must not be eligible for alternate heating loan products (Smart-E loan and EnergizeCT  Heating Loan)
  • Replacement of leaking roof

The emergency status of the project must be verified by the contractor who will install the replacement, and all work must be completed by a C4C Participating Contractor.

Apply for a Loan

Heating system applicants must apply for a Smart-E loan or an EnergizeCT Heating loan before they will be considered for an emergency ECL loan.

Roofing applicants must contact C4C directly by phone to apply for emergency consideration. Please call 860-233-5165, extension 2002 for more information. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. 

**Effective 12/28/2017, the ECL loan program is limited to emergency situations only (non-working heating systems and leaking roofs). Applicants must be ineligible for other programs in order to qualify for an emergency loan**

 

Eligible Improvements

The following are the emergency improvements eligible under the ECL program as of 12/28/2017:

  • Replacement of non-operational heating system
    • 0% interest for furnaces/boilers that meet efficiency minimum of ENERGY STAR® rating for natural gas or  84% efficiency rating for oil/propane
    • Applicant must not be eligible for alternate heating loan products (Smart-E loan and EnergizeCT  Heating Loan)
  • Replacement of leaking roof

The emergency status of the project must be verified by the contractor who will install the replacement, and all work must be completed by a C4C Participating Contractor.

 

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

 

Tax Credits

 
Type
Home
 
Category
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Insulation
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Renewable Energy

Solar Energy Systems may qualify for tax credits that can reduce your tax liability.

Additional Details

Did you know you might be able to take advantage of federal income tax incentives for Solar Energy Systems? Congress first passed the incentives in 2005 as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and has amended them several times since then.

Current incentives* expire December 31, 2021. Find out more at ENERGY STAR®.

You should contact a tax professional with questions specific to your situation.

*All other ENERGY STAR federal tax credits expired at the end of 2016.

Residential New Construction Program

 
Type
Home
 
Category
 
Rebate
Up to $7,000
  • Appliances & Electronics
  • Energy Assessment (Audit)
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Hot Water
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • New Construction or Major Renovation
  • Rebates

Make energy efficiency a priority from the beginning when you build a new home. Enjoy lower energy costs and greater comfort and have access to incentives for building to high performance standards.

Additional Details

If you’re planning to build a new home, you have a great opportunity to minimize energy costs, maximize comfort and do your part for a clean energy future. You can be a leader in the energy- efficient technology revolution and have a profound impact on how we use energy today and in the future.

Better for You and the Planet

Designing and building your home with the latest energy-efficient technologies does a lot more than save energy. It gives you greater comfort and convenience and healthier indoor environments that add up to enhanced value.

And don’t forget the bigger picture – the environmental benefit. Building a high-performance home gives you the satisfaction of doing your part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and live more sustainably.

Let Us Be Your Guide

The Residential New Construction program helps you, your architect and your builder, design and construct a home that is a model of energy efficiency. The program provides:

  • Expert guidance from energy specialists  Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) Raters – who help you tap into energy-efficient home certifications, high-efficiency equipment, high-performance building practices and the latest material options. See the section below for more information about HERS.
  • Your Certified HERS Rater works with your building team throughout the construction process. Based on your new home’s final HERS index you may qualify for a rebate of $1,500 to $7,000 or more!

You can consider the rebates as a kind of housewarming gift to you for reducing your new home’s carbon footprint!

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

It is easier than you may think to build an energy efficient home – and we will be with you every step of the way. Getting started is the easiest.  Just give us a call.  In just a few more steps you will have a rebate check in hand. Easy!

Who is Eligible? Residential customers building a new home or gut rehab that will receive electric or gas service from Eversource, UI, CNG or SCG may qualify for this program. Single-family and multi-family projects are eligible. Because new construction rebates require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, applications MUST be submitted before your home is insulated in order to be eligible.

While you are still in the planning stage, contact the Program Administrator shown below to connect with the proper program. Your builder or your Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater can make the call for you if you prefer.


UI Customers Eversource Customers
Program Administrator Program Administrator
Call 877-WISE-USE Nicholas Jones
(877) 947-3873 (860) 665-5825
ui.wiseuse@uinet.com nicholas.jones@eversource.com 

Contact a HERS rater during the planning stages. The rater will review your plans and provide you with a pre-construction HERS Index score. Working with your architect or builder, they will identify energy-efficient improvements needed.

Click here for a list of participating Connecticut HERS raters.

Once you have hired a HERS Rater, they will review your plans with you and your team, explain the program and discuss how to maximize the use of energy-efficient technologies that make sense for your home, your goals and your lifestyle. Your HERS Rater will also explain the benefits – including rebates* – and the steps to earn additional certifications. (See the section below for more information about HERS.)

Homes that receive a HERS Index score within the required threshold*, can receive incentives through by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. Home that meet the requirements of the program typically show they are at least 25 percent more efficient than a typical home. Single-family home incentives range up to $7,000, depending on HERS Index scores.

Your HERS Rater or the utility Program Administrator will also work with you to identify additional financial incentives and rebates available through other state or federal programs - including any federal tax credits. Plus, we can help you to connect to the green building community.

At this point, you should also review the Requirements and Submission Checklist as well as the EV Ready and PV Ready program checklist with your HERS rater.

* See the project application for all terms and conditions that may apply.

The program offers multiple whole-home certifications, including ENERGY STAR®, LEED for Homes, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, or National Green Building Standard® requirements and you may qualify for an additional rebate. You might also want to enter your home in the CT Zero Energy Home Challenge. (See the Bonus Rebate section below for information about each of these programs.)

You, your building team and your HERS rater will review your construction plans. Based on what you intend to build the HERS rater will prepare a pre-construction HERS Index. Once you have this index our energy experts can help you complete the program application, which will include your pre-construction HERS Index score and estimated incentive.


Download the application now. Be sure to read all of the instructions, rules and terms and conditions very carefully to avoid processing delays. New construction rebates require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, so applications MUST be submitted before the home is insulated to be eligible. The ideal time to submit your application is before construction starts.

Your HERS rater will conduct insulation and thermal bypass inspections at various stages of construction. On-site tests typically include a blower door test to measure air tightness and a duct test to measure air flow through the ducts. The test results, along with information from the plan review, help determine your home’s final HERS Index score. Inspections must be conducted prior to drywall installation and after construction is complete.

When your home is completed and you have the final HERS Index score, your HERS Rater will submit the completed application and testing documentation to the Utility Program Administrator. This is a good time to also review the Requirements and Submission Checklist again with your HERS rater Refer.

Once the program administrator reviews and approves, a rebate check will be sent to you – the (new!) homeowner.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

Residential customers building a new home or gut rehab that will receive electric or gas service from Eversource, UI, CNG or SCG may qualify for this program. Single-family and multi-family projects are eligible. Because new construction rebates require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, applications MUST be submitted before your home is insulated in order to be eligible.

Getting the process started is easy. While you are still in the planning stage, just contact your utility program administrator:

 

UI Customers Eversource Customers
Program Administrator Program Administrator
Call 877-WISE-USE Nicholas Jones
(877) 947-3873 (860) 665-5825
ui.wiseuse@uinet.com nicholas.jones@eversource.com

If you are a Connecticut resident and are not served by one of the utilities listed above, please visit your municipal utility's website to see what energy efficiency programs are available to you.

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information. 

About Home Energy Ratings and the HERS Index

The Connecticut building code requires that all new homes meet a minimum level of energy efficiency.  Most new home buyers expect more than this minimum and most new home builders claim their homes are energy efficient.   But without an objective, third-party measurement of energy efficiency there is no way for you to make informed comparisons between homes and between builders’ claims.

A Home Energy Rating (HER) solves this problem by assigning a numerical rating, called the HERS Index, to a home. The HERS index is the industry standard used to measure the energy efficiency of a newly constructed home. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting, calculating and estimating a home’s energy performance.

The HERS index is determined by the Home Energy Rater, who assesses the energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a relative performance score. The lower the score, the more efficient the home or dwelling unit. A typical resale home scores around 130 on the HERS index (on average), while a standard home, built to energy code, scores around 100. Every point below 100 on the HERS index, translates to roughly 1% energy savings compared to a code built home.

 

The scale to the right shows the range of HERS indexes you might encounter when you buy a home. Older, less efficient homes have HERS Indexes over 100. The US Department of Energy estimates that a typical resale home has a HERS index of about 130. Some drafty, poorly insulated homes may have indexes as high as 200! Newer or energy-retrofitted homes have indexes under 100.

All new Connecticut homes should have a HERS Index below 100 since the State adopted higher energy efficiency standards in 2011. A home built to the current building code standard should have a HERS Index close to 85. However many new homes are built to be much more energy efficient and achieve HERS Indexes below 60.

A few new homes achieve HERS Indexes close to zero.  These homes produce as much energy as they use by combining high-performance insulation and mechanical systems with renewable energy systems.  If you are interested in constructing a Zero Energy Home, contact your utility Program Administrator or visit our CT Zero Energy Challenge page

HERS ratings are determined by trained Home Energy Raters who are certified by RESNET (www.resnet.us), a national, non-profit organization that oversees the standards for Rater certification, quality assurance and the calculation of home energy ratings.

Certified HERS Raters use energy modeling software to determine the home’s HERS Index. The energy models use information collected by the Rater from on-site inspections of the home during construction, from testing the air-sealing of the building and its duct systems, from building plans and from independent reports of the efficiency of the installed heating, cooling, water heating, ventilation and on-site generation systems.

To learn more about HERS visit the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). Use their interactive HERs Index model to see the impact on savings, carbon footprint and comfort from making your home more energy efficient.

Make your home standout and earn a bonus rebate

Build your home to ENERGY STAR®, LEED for Homes, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, or National Green Building Standard® requirements and you may qualify for an additional rebate. You might also want to enter your home in the CT Zero Energy Challenge or consider building your home to meet the All Electric Home standards.

Read more below about how each of these national programs might be the right fit for you and your new home.

ENERGY STAR® Homes
You may have heard your neighbors or your builder talk about ENERGY STAR homes. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Products such as light bulbs, fixtures and appliances can earn the ENERGY STAR rating if they meet certain energy-efficiency standards. New homes can also earn an ENERGY STAR rating. Through our Residential New Construction program your home may also qualify for an ENERGY STAR rating and an additional incentive. To learn more, visit the ENERGY STAR website.
LEED for Homes
This voluntary rating system promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes and multifamily buildings.  LEED-certified homes are designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimize exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, and to save energy and water.  Your project team must work with a designated LEED for Homes Green Rater (as classified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), and a project registration must be completed.  Certified LEED home may qualify for an additional incentive through our Residential New Construction program. Find out more about the certification process at the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s website.
DOE Zero Energy Ready Home
U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home fosters a new level of home performance. Rigorous requirements ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home are constructed to outperform both an ENERGY STAR V3 certified home and an existing home in six major categories:
  • Comfort/Quiet
  • Healthy Environment
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Advanced Technology
  • Quality Construction
  • Energy Efficiency

Certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Home may qualify for an additional incentive through our Residential New Construction program. Find out more about the certification process at the U.S. DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website.

ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS)®
The National Green Building Standard is the leading green rating system for new and remodeled single- and multifamily buildings as well as residential subdivisions in the United States.  The NGBS is the first and only such residential green rating system to have earned the approval of the American National Standards Institute.

Green building, also known as high-performance building or sustainable construction, incorporates environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development process with the goal to minimize the home's environmental impact.  Choosing green means making intentional decisions in your homes construction about:

  • Energy-efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Resource conservation
  • Indoor environmental quality
  • Site design

Certified NGBS homes may qualify for an additional incentive through our Residential New Construction program. Find out more about the certification process at the Home Innovation Research Labs website.

CT Zero Energy Home Challenge
 Singer Estate Model Home Receives Award from Derby Mayor
Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto presents a 2013 Challenge Award to Brookside Development. The Singer Estate high efficiency model home was designed and built to fit into the current estate property featuring a large, stone home.
If you participate in the Residential New Construction program, consider entering the CT Zero Energy Challenge. The challenge is a design-build competition that awards cash prizes to winners and demonstrates how to build super-high-efficiency homes.

Participating homes demonstrate that it’s possible to build near zero energy homes today, while representing the technologies and techniques it takes to get there. A zero net energy home is designed to exceed minimum code standards and may also produce some of its own energy, using no more energy than it produces on-site. All homes entered in the CT Zero Energy Challenge must participate in the Residential New Construction program. Learn more about the CT Zero Energy Challenge

Did you know you might be able to take advantage of federal income tax incentives for Solar Energy Systems? Congress first passed the incentives in 2005 as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and has amended them several times since then.

Current incentives* expire December 31, 2021. Find out more at ENERGY STAR®.

You should contact a tax professional with questions specific to your situation.

*All other ENERGY STAR federal tax credits expired at the end of 2016.

See how the sponsors of Energize Connecticut helped Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity build thier first Zero Energy Ready home, which won a Grand Prize from the U.S. Department of Energy Housing Innovation Awards.

Overall Winner and Lowest HERS Index and Lowest HERS Index before Renewables, Best Overall Envelope (Tied) Winner

Project: Michael Debari Residence, Preston, Conn.

Builder: Nick Lehto of Lehto Design Build, Danielson, Conn.

HERS Index
Code-Built Home100
Before Renewables37
With Renewables-14

““Sustainability, country living aesthetics, and a place where our blended family of eight could call home were deciding factors in building our new home in Preston,” said Michael Debari. “Working with Eversource and Nick Lehto’s team was a true partnership. After six years, we are excited to have this dream become a reality.”

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