Neighbor to Neighbor challenge
Mansfield - posted Jun, 14 2013
MANSFIELD- Mansfield and Windham town leaders, and representatives from Northeast Utilities will gather in two ceremonies to celebrate the success of The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three year community energy savings program that helped local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy. A check will be presented to Jean de Smet, chair of the Windham Energy Commission on stage at the June 20 Third Thursday Street Festival. Mansfield’s check will be awarded at the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 24 at 7:15 p.m. The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge was made possible by a $4.17 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Better Buildings initiative, whose mission is to create a self-sustaining building energy upgrade market. Over three years, Neighbor to Neighbor engaged residents in 14 towns, including Windham and Mansfield, helping them reduce their energy use by 20 percent. Residents participated in programs such as the Home Energy Solutions assessment (HES). HES is an easy and affordable Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund program that provides a variety of home energy saving measures and pinpoints deeper actions that will cut the energy wasted by a home. In Windham 112 households completed HES along with other energy savings measures, earning Windham $4,545. Mansfield residents completed 148 HES, combined with other energy saving measures, earning $4,597.50. Both towns will put the money toward solar LED street lights at Memorial Park in Windham and at Farrell Field in Mansfield.