Eastern played host to the Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge on Jan. 8 in the Science Building. Neighbor to Neighbor speakers Kate Donnelly and Corey Krohn moderated a discussion on how Connecticut residents could improve their lives and the energy efficiency of their homes.
The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is a nonprofit community savings program that engages residents in 14 Connecticut towns in ways to reduce their home's energy use by 20 percent. As residents take actions to make their homes more energy efficient, they earn points that can be redeemed for community rewards. If all the towns participate in the program, Neighbor to Neighbor will be able to reinvest $150 million on local Connecticut businesses. Towns currently participating include Bethany, Cheshire, East Haddam, East Hampton, Glastonbury, Lebanon, Mansfield, Portland, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, Wethersfield, Wilton and Windham.
"Neighbor to Neighbor offers a fantastic program for Connecticut residents," said Donelly. "The program really brings the cost down for homeowners and it provides a great opportunity for communities wishing to participate."
The Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge is made possible by a $4.17 million competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the BetterBuildings initiative, whose mission is to create self-sustaining buildings and homes. Nine partner organizations work together to bring the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge to Connecticut residents. The program is administered by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund and gathers resources and experience from other organizations including the Clean Water Fund, the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, EarthMarkets, EMpower Devices, MIT, Mobile Genius, SmartPower, SnuggHome and the Student Conservation Association.