Friday, May 30, 2014

Operation Fuel to benefit from Wallingford company's home energy assessment work

According to a release, Competitive Resources Inc. of Wallingford will donate $25 to Operation Fuel each time a customer of Connecticut Light and Power Company or The United Illuminating Co. has a home energy assessment done by CRI on behalf of the statewide energy assistance program.
"The energy assessment is part of Energize Connecticut’s Home Energy Solutions℠ (HES) program, which helps to reduce home energy bills," the release said.

"Operation Fuel is a private, nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance through its statewide network of fuel banks to lower-income working families, the elderly and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis and not eligible for energy assistance from government-funded programs. This is Connecticut’s only statewide, year-round emergency energy assistance program.

 “Electricity and heat are basic necessities, yet nearly 300,000 Connecticut households can’t afford to pay their energy bills. When a home is without electricity or heat, it is unhealthy and unsafe for the people who live there. Many of the households that we help have either children under the age of 18, an elderly person or someone with a chronic illness or disability,” Operation Fuel Executive Director Patricia Wrice said, also in the release.

"The HES program provides homeowners and renters with services and installed products that will help make homes more energy efficient and lower their energy bills. During the home energy assessment, CRI’s certified technicians will make energy saving improvements that include identifying and sealing air leaks and drafts, installing energy efficient light bulbs and water-saving devices, and analyzing appliances and insulation."

"CRI, a utility-authorized contractor, will donate $25 for every HES energy assessment that it completes on behalf of Operation Fuel. During 2013, CRI donated $1,250 to Operation Fuel."

Also in the release: "The HES energy assessment has a small co-pay. CL&P and UI customers can schedule an appointment by calling 888-403-3500 or by going to CL&P and UI must approve all applications and the offer is subject to the availability of funding. Utility customers should have their account number available and mention Operation Fuel when calling to schedule an energy assessment."

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