Connecticut library raising energy efficiency awareness

One of the main obstructions preventing energy efficiency from becoming more popular among U.S. homeowners is a total lack of awareness. But one library in Avon, Connecticut is looking to fix that, with a free presentation on programs for energy efficient homes.

According to The Stamford Plus, a local news outlet, this discussion forum on sustainability will provide options for energy-saving measures that both homeowners and business owners can take advantage of. Presenters will also go over how adopting energy efficient methods can improve the town's standing in the Clean Energy Communities initiative.

The Hartford Courant, another local publication, describes the Clean Energy Communities as a joint project between Avon and up to 60 other Connecticut towns committed to reducing municipal energy use by 20 percent by 2018. The pledge also includes the five-year goal of allocating greener, more renewable sources as suppliers for as much as 20 percent of the municipalities' electricity demand. The effort is sponsored by Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority and the utility company Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P).

Representatives from CL&P will be available at the library to help teach interested attendees about ways to adjust their homes to more eco-friendly standards. Recommendations include sealing leaky air ducts, replacing light bulbs with more efficient models and running hot water through more insulated pipes and pumps.

Of course, eco-friendly house renovations are not exclusive to Connecticut. Maryland and Virginia residents can speak with R and J Tinting about home window tinting film options. Tinting film can be placed in your windows to not only ensure privacy at home, but also absorb sunlight that hits the side of your house. This helps to better regulate indoor temperatures, making your home more energy efficient and lowering your utility expenses in the process.