April 7, 2020

Chester First Selectman Ed Meehan to Commit Town to Clean Energy Communities Program

Chester First Selectman Ed Meehan is expected to sign the Clean Energy Communities pledge on Thursday, January 17, committing Chester to the program while simultaneously having a Home Energy Solutions (HES) assessment performed at his home.

Clean Energy Communities is a program that incentives cities and towns across the state to support energy efficiency and promote the use of renewable energy sources. Under the program, Chester would pledge to reduce its municipal building energy consumption by 20 percent by 2018. The city would also work with the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority to purchase 20 percent of its municipal energy needs from clean, renewable sources by 2018.

During First Selectman Meehan’s HES assessment, licensed technicians will install an average of $700 of energy efficiency products and weatherization services in a home or apartment for a $75 co-pay. On average, homeowners and renters save approximately $200 each year following its implementation.

The HES service will include identifying and sealing air leaks from windows, doors, attics and ductwork in Meehan’s home; installing hot water saving measures, including low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, and hot water pipe insulation; and replacing incandescent bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs.