Norwich Public Utilities invites residents to cookout to celebrate natural gas expansion

Norwich – Norwich Public Utilities’ Energize Norwich program to expand natural gas lines throughout the city will celebrate a milestone Thursday, celebrating the mark of 500 new customers signed up for natural gas service.

Norwich Public Utilities will host a picnic-style cookout from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the East Great Plains Firehouse, 488 New London Turnpike. The free event will feature hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments.

NPU invites all customers to attend and find out more about natural gas conversion as well as other energy saving measures to help lower fuel bills.

Energize Norwich is a partnership between NPU, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), Core Plus Federal Credit Union, Eastern Savings Bank, and non-profit SmartPower.

NPU’s natural gas conversion program allows customers to save approximately 40 percent on heating bills and offers an incentive of up to $1,000 for new gas heating customers to help offset the cost of converting their heating system to natural gas. In most cases, NPU will install the service line from the gas main to a residence at no cost.

Installations are currently scheduled through the fall of 2014, so customers who sign up now can guarantee an installation this year. If an agreement is signed before Aug. 1, NPU will guarantee customers a 2014 gas service installation, utility officials said.

NPU also has rebates available for customers who install energy-efficient equipment and some appliance. No-money down financing is available to cover these improvements through the Smart-E Loan, including a special offer if homeowners bundle gas conversion with a high efficiency boiler or furnace conversion and attic and/or wall insulation, a ductless mini-split, or solar for 2.99 percent interest for a 10 year term.

NPU customers can also sign up for a Home Energy Solutions energy assessment at the cookout. The energy assessment, which is free to Norwich residents, has an estimated value of more than $800 and includes free CFL light bulbs, installation of water saving measures, and a “blower door test” to locate air leaks within the home.

For more information on this event and the Energize Norwich Program, call NPU’s Katie Moors at (860) 823-4514 or go to www.energizenorwich.com.

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