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New Construction Program

Energy-Efficient Homes

This program is one of several innovative solutions offered by Energize Connecticut.

Make Energy Efficiency an Integral Element of Your New Home's DesignResidential New Construction

There is no better time to think of energy efficiency than when you are building a new house. Exciting advancements in technology and building techniques can make your dream home efficient and comfortable. The investment you make now in energy-efficient insulation, home and water heating, air conditioning and lighting will return to you in the form of lower energy costs and/or a higher resale value.  

With the support of Energize Connecticut and CL&P, you can receive financial incentives and rebates to help offset the cost of investing in energy-efficient equipment and materials. Instead of searching for each opportunity, your CL&P program administrator will be your guide to ensure that you receive all your eligible program benefits.  

How Does the Program Work?

  • While you are still in the planning stage, contact our program administrator, Enoch Lenge at 860-665-5369, lengeee@nu.com. Your builder or Home Energy Rater System (HERS) rater can make the call for you if you prefer.
  • We will talk to you about your plans and help you or your builder complete the program application below.
     
  • The application can be completed online and printed out or downloaded and completed by hand. In either case, it must have a signature. Because new construction incentives require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, applications MUST be submitted before the home is insulated in order to be eligible. 
  • The application can be completed online and printed out or downloaded and completed by hand. In either case, it must have a signature. Because new construction incentives require an insulation and thermal bypass inspection, applications MUST be submitted before the home is insulated in order to be eligible.  
  • Once your home is completed and the energy efficiency measures have been verified, we'll send you a check. It's as simple as that.
  • A new rebate for Duct and Envelope Testing of $300 per home is now available through the Residential New Construction Program. It is offered to homes that are not looking to achieve an ENERGY STAR® Certification, but are looking to meet the proper compliance requirements for duct and envelope testing of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The rebate is to offset the cost of working with a certified HERS rater or BPI professional in order to verify that the home passes the energy code requirements for duct and envelope testing.

You may have heard your neighbors or your builder talk about ENERGY STAR® homes. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Products such as light bulbs and appliances can earn the ENERGY STAR rating if they meet certain energy efficiency standards. New homes can also earn an ENERGY STAR rating. The new home construction program is a separate program from ENERGY STAR. However, many of our measures may qualify toward ENERGY STAR ratings. For more information, visit the ENERGY STAR Website.

In order to receive ENERGY STAR certification and the associated rebate on your new home, it must be inspected by a certified Home Energy Rater System (HERS) rater.

Please contact HERS raters directly to discuss your options and to set up an inspection appointment. Please note that in order to qualify for ENERGY STAR certification, inspections must be conducted both prior to dry wall installation and again once construction is complete.

You may also qualify for federal tax credits for installing energy-efficient measures in your home.

For more information call 1-877-WISE-USE (1-877-947-3873).