State offers energy-efficiency incentives for storm vicitms

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced that $3 million in additional energy-efficiency incentives are available for residents and businesses replacing furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters and refrigerators as a result of damage from Hurricane Sandy.

“Many of the homes and businesses affected by Storm Sandy will be replacing damaged appliances, and heating and cooling equipment,” Malloy said in a news release. “This unfortunate situation does, however, provide a unique opportunity to help property owners improve, rather than just repair, their properties by making energy efficiency investments that will save them money for years to come.”

The incentives will apply for replacement of equipment with more energy efficient models between Oct. 29 and Dec. 31. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31.

Malloy also announced that special funding is available, in the form of low-cost financing for eligible equipment with optional repayment on utility bills for customers who make energy-efficiency upgrades in equipment or insulation and air sealing while renovating as a result of storm damage.

A special team has been formed to assist home owners and businesses with the application process. The team will include representatives of the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, United Illuminating, Connecticut Light & Power, FEMA and disaster relief centers.

Property owners also will be encouraged to take advantage of  comprehensive energy assessments. Rebates connected to those audits will have extended qualification times.

Anyone seeking information about the various energy incentives or financing options available for replacing or repairing equipment should call the Connecticut Energy Information Line at: 1-877-947-3873.

The $3 million for increased rebates will be financed largely with funds made available through the Northeast Utilities/NStar merger settlement agreement.

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