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Yankee Gas Services Company
P.O. Box 270
Hartford, CT 06141-0270
(800) 989-0900

www.yankeegas.com
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CL&P AND YANKEE GAS URGE LOW-INCOME CUSTOMERS TO APPLY FOR FREE ENERGY-SAVING PROGRAM  
MEDIA CONTACT:Mitch Gross, CL&PJeff Tilghman, Yankee Gas
Office:(860) 665-5221(860) 665-3931
After Hours:(800) 286-2000(800) 286-2000
 
In-home service for income-eligible customers can help reduce energy bills


BERLIN, Conn., November 1, 2007 – The Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) and Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) offer a free, in-home service for income-eligible customers to help them reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

The Weatherization Residential Assistance Partnership, also known as "WRAP," is one of the many programs offered through the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF) and CL&P. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, low-income customers use a greater percentage of their income to pay for energy — 14 percent — as compared to 3.5 percent for other households. WRAP provides low-income customers with a comprehensive range of weatherization, energy conservation and educational services in order to reduce their energy usage.

A trained energy specialist will inspect all windows and doors for leaks and apply caulking, weather stripping and door sweeps as needed. Then, the energy specialist will assess other ways to minimize heat loss in the winter and maximize cooling effects in the warmer months, such as adding attic and sidewall insulation. Furnaces, refrigerators and freezers will be evaluated and sometimes repaired or even replaced with energy-efficient models. Measures may also include installation of compact fluorescent lighting fixtures, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.

Program eligibility is based on household income and the percent of total annual income spent on energy. Application to the program is easily done with a simple form and the program is open to homeowners and renters. Renters must have their landlord sign a permission statement (included with the application), because landlords are required to grant permission for tenants in their buildings. To request an application, call the WRAP unit at 1-800-388-WRAP (1-800-388-9727).

The WRAP program is available to customers throughout the year. Making your home more energy-efficient is always cost-effective – in any season. However, making the changes before winter will mean that residents can start saving prior to the high-use season.

Barbara Calluzzo of Plainfield, a WRAP program participant said, “I worked all my life and now I’m almost 70 and I’m so grateful for the program. Since the door sweeps have been put in and my new refrigerator doesn’t run all the time like the old one, my electricity bill has gone down. The door sweeps have kept the wind out and I no longer feel the draft on my feet. I absolutely think this is a worthwhile program. I’m an advocate!”

“Energy-efficiency is important to Connecticut,” explained Ron Araujo, director of Conservation & Load Management at CL&P. “The WRAP program helps our customers save money on their energy bill without sacrificing their comfort and lifestyle, but the benefit goes beyond that. When you lower electric usage, you help the environment by reducing power plant emissions.”

Weatherization programs such as WRAP stimulate the economy by putting more dollars back in the hands of low-income families who, in turn, cycle these dollars into the local economy. In 2006, CEEF weatherization programs helped 16,516 low-income customers save 144 million lifetime kilowatt-hours, which equates to lifetime energy savings of $26.87 million.

The CEEF promotes efficient energy use, helps residents and businesses save on their electric bills, advances economic development, reduces electric demand and helps reduce air pollution. Connecticut Light and Power administers the CEEF through conservation programs that serve residential customers, including low- and fixed-income customers, as well as business and municipal customers. Connecticut’s energy-efficiency programs are funded by the conservation charge on customers' electric bills. Additional information on Connecticut's energy-efficiency programs can be found at www.ctenergyinfo.com.
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The Connecticut Light and Power Company (CL&P) has been part of everyday life in Connecticut for more than 100 years, providing safe and reliable electric service to homes, neighborhoods and businesses. With nearly 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, CL&P is an active member in the communities it serves, offering programs in energy conservation, economic development and environmental education. CL&P is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.cl-p.com.

Yankee Gas Services Company (Yankee Gas) is Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, delivering safe, reliable natural gas service to approximately 200,000 customers in 71 cities and towns. Yankee Gas is expanding Connecticut's energy options and increasing customer choice by extending the availability of clean, efficient natural gas throughout the state. Yankee Gas is part of the Northeast Utilities System (NYSE: NU). For more information, please visit www.yankeegas.com.

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