If you're a United Illuminating (UI) customer, you have thousands of dollars worth of savings available to you through rebates, discounts and special programs. Many of these savings are through Energize Connecticut, a statewide initiative dedicated to making homes and businesses in the state more energy efficient.

These rebates and programs span a variety of energy upgrades and services. Whether you're looking to save thousands on a new heating system, want discounts on efficient light bulbs or something in between, you're bound to find something that works for you.

United Illuminating (UI) Program Overview

UI Smart Solutions

UI Smart Solutions is a marketplace you can use to find discounts on energy products like light bulbs and smart thermostats. Here are some of the largest discounts at the time of this writing:

  • $100+ Off Select Smart Thermostats
  • 40% Off Select LED Light Bulbs

To capture these savings, all you need to do is go to uismartsolutions.com and select the products you want to buy. When you check out, the site will verify that you're a UI customer and apply the discounts to your order.

Home Energy Solutions

Through UI’s Home Energy Solutions program, you can get a full home energy audit and improve the energy efficiency of your home for only $50. The average Connecticut household that participates in this program will receive $1,000 in services and around $200 in energy savings a year.

During a home energy audit, an energy technician comes to your home to make and recommend energy efficiency improvements. This includes

  • The installation of energy-efficient products, like LED light bulbs, low-flow showerheads and smart plugs.
  • Finding and sealing leaks in your ducts, doors and windows
  • Safety tests that test appliances and gas lines for combustion, carbon monoxide and leaks.

After these initial tests and improvements, your energy tech will suggest further recommendations to increase the energy efficiency of your home. They will also make you aware of any rebates and discounts available to you through Energize CT. For example, right now you may be able to get $1.70 off per square foot of insulation recommended by the energy tech.

On top of all that, you may be able to waive the $50 fee and qualify for special rebates if you fall under certain household income thresholds.

How To Apply For A Home Energy Solutions Assessment

If you want to apply for a Home Energy Solutions assessment, you have two options.

  1. Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873)
  2. Fill Out An Online Application

HVAC Rebates & Discounts

With HVAC expenses often making up 50% of a household's energy costs, many utilities offer programs to improve the energy efficiency of these systems. UI has discounts and rebates for four different types of HVAC systems:

How To Apply For HVAC Rebates & Discounts

To qualify for these discounts and rebates, the system you purchase must hit certain energy-efficiency standards and be installed by a certified contractor. You can find more information by visiting either EnergizeCT.com or United Illuminating's website.

Water Heater Discounts

United Illuminating offers three discounts on ENERGY STAR-certified water heaters:

To get these discounts, the water heater you install must hit certain energy-efficiency requirements. Since water heaters make up about 14% of the average home's energy consumption, purchasing one of these efficient models could put a significant dent into your energy bills.

You can find more details on the requirements for these discounted water heaters on United Illuminating's website.

Residential New Construction Program

If you're building a new home, you may be able to qualify for rebates if you build your home to certain energy efficiency standards.

Rebates ranging from $1,500-$7,000 are available based on your new home's Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS) index.

On top of this, UI promotes bonus national rebates you can qualify for. If you build your home to ENERGY STAR, LEED for Homes or other national program requirements, you may qualify for additional rebates.

How To Use The Residential New Construction Program

If you want to use the residential new construction program, follow these steps:

  1. Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) – Call while you're still in the planning stage to learn more. You can also have your HERS Rater call if you would like.
  2. Hire a HERS Rater – You can find participating HERS Raters on EnergizeCT.com.
  3. Submit Application Plans – Before you move forward with construction, your HERS Rater submits an application with your plans.
  4. Build Your Home And Conduct Tests – Build your home and your HERS Rater will conduct tests and inspections along the way.
  5. Submit Your Final Rebate Application

Learn more about the Residential New Construction Program.

Looking For Other Ways To Save On Your Electricity Bill?

Many of the discounts and programs above require you to spend money to save money. And while the savings you get on your energy bills down the line can make up for the money you spend, some people just don't want to put that money down in the first place.

Thankfully, if you feel this way, you can save by switching to an electricity provider with a lower electricity supply rate for free.

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    Disclaimer: Rebates and programs change regularly and may differ from what's written in this post. Check out your utility's website or EnergizeCT.com to ensure you have all the necessary information to qualify for rebates and discounts.

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