"Over the years, we find that energy costs are a huge concern for many people, and we're concerned with not just helping people to buy a home but to stay in their home and live in it successfully."
Local home owners learned how to make clean energy improvements Thursday night at a free home energy workshop hosted by Housing Development Fund at the Norwalk Police Department.
Housing Development Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to financing the development of affordable housing. Members say in this economy it's important to create affordable housing solutions for low-to-moderate-income households in high cost markets.
"Upfront costs can be a huge barrier for people who want to put in these energy investments," said Sabrina Szeeto.
"There's a lot of really good rebates and incentives available through your utility companies to make it affordable," said Roger Smith. "Really all the utility companies have some really nice programs to help."
Experts say the first way to conserve is to start with the little things that make a big difference.
"Go after the big cracks and leaks, and then after that maybe look at your equipment and see if it's time to upgrade your heating system and then think about the next step, think about solar power,"said Smith. "Where you can literally lock-in your electric bill for the next 20-25 years."
Experts also tell us the annual average cost for Connecticut home heating bill is about $3,000 and the electric bill is about a third of that cost.
"There's no way I now to lock in your electric bill for the next two decades other then solar,"said Smith.
"Connecticut is a really good state for solar because we are very sunny and in the winter, even though there's snow, the snow just slides off because the solar panels heat up pretty quickly."
"That's probably around a $30,000 to $35,000. The good news is there are some incentives available that would literally cut that cost more than half."
For more information on clean energy use visit CTcleanenergy.com.