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Energy Conscious Blueprint

New Construction | Major Renovation | New/Replacement Equipment

This program is one of several innovative solutions offered by Energize Connecticut and administered by Connecticut's utility companies.

Plan on Saving

Energy-efficiency measures are most effective when factored into the earliest phase of development - before the blueprint. The best time to be energy conscious is before the building goes up, the addition is added, or the equipment is ordered. By designing for efficiency, you can realize energy savings from the moment your facility is operational. Businesses often have to make difficult decisions - letting the budget dictate the level of technology or advanced building used. With support from Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, you have the financial assistance that enables you to determine your own energy future and make decisions based on advanced efficiencies in technology and high-performance design.

Who's Eligible?

  • Commercial, industrial or municipal customers of any size engaged in new construction, major renovations, tenant fit-outs, new equipment purchases or the replacement of existing equipment near the end of its useful lifetime
  • CL&P or UI customers on a commercial or industrial rate can participate in electric energy efficiency measures
  • Customers of Yankee Gas, CNG or SCG on a firm commercial or industrial rate can participate in natural gas energy-saving measures

How Does the Program Work?

  • Utility company energy experts will work with you and your design team (architects, engineers and contractors) to brainstorm and identify energy-saving strategies and equipment for your consideration. You maintain complete control over your project.
  • The program uses an incentive strategy. When there is a choice between standard-efficiency equipment and building components, or a high-efficiency option that exceeds minimum building code requirements, the option is evaluated and a financial incentive is proposed to offset the higher costs typically associated with premium-efficiency design. Details on the current incentive structures can be found here  (PDF). You may call 1-877-WISE-USE or your Account Executive for more details regarding measure requirements.
  • The Energy Conscious Blueprint program administrators will provide the general and technical support necessary to prepare an up-front, contractual commitment to be signed prior to ordering and installing your equipment. The Letter of Agreement will detail all the energy-efficiency measures, the estimated energy savings, and the anticipated incentive dollar amount. Once the project is completed, the measures are verified and your organization receives the incentive payment. It's as simple as that.

The financial incentives will help get your project completed the right way, the first time. The energy-saving benefits will continue on, year after year.

The following list is only a sample of how you can design electric and natural gas efficiency into your building or purchasing plans.

  • Lighting design
  • T5 and T8 fluorescent fixtures
  • Hard-wired compact (PL) fluorescent fixtures
  • Pulse-start metal halide fixtures
  • Daylighting controls/daylight harvesting
  • Automatic dimming controls or occupancy sensors
  • LED Lighting Technology 
  • Natural gas furnaces, boilers and unit heaters
  • Natural gas radiant heaters
  • Steam traps
  • Boiler reset controls
  • Chillers
  • Rooftop or split-system AC equipment
  • Variable frequency drives (fans/pumps)
  • Differential enthalpy economizer controls
  • Carbon dioxide controls
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Windows
  • Cool roofs
  • Ammonia refrigeration systems
  • Mechanical subcoolers  
  • Evaporator controls
  • Oversized condensers
  • High-speed cooler/freezer doors
  • Natural gas indirect water heaters
  • Natural gas on-demand tankless water heaters
  • Plastic injection molding machines
  • Air compressors
  • Commercial kitchen cooking equipment including exhaust hoods, ranges and ovens
  • Natural gas-fired process ovens
  • Ozone sanitation systems

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

Success Story:

West Hartford Health & Rehabilitation Center & Avon Health Center (PDF): Two health centers save natural gas and reduce their costs with the Energy Conscious Blueprint program.