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New program uses thermal imaging to detect energy leaks from homes

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A new program, which is partly state-funded, is helping Connecticut residents make their residences more energy efficient.

After moving to Connecticut from California, Max Dubuisson said his first winter in West Hartford was an eye opener.

"When we got our first winter heating bill, it was a doozy and surprised us," Dubuisson said. "That's when you start to realize maybe it does feel a little drafty around the door, maybe it does feel a little colder in this room."

Dubuisson said he took advantage of a new state sponsored program in which a car with a thermal imaging camera goes around towns capturing pictures of each home.

The images taken by the company Sagewell show brighter colors such as white and yellow when more heat is escaping.

"The thermal image is a nice first glance at what heat you're losing from your home and from where," said Tim D'Souza, of Sagewell, which is based out of Massachusetts and is the vendor picked by Connecticut.

He added "most often people lose energy from air leaks and lack of insulation."

The program is partly funded through Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. Right now, Sagewell is in the following ten towns:

  • West Hartford
  • Bridgeport
  • Cheshire
  • Glastonbury
  • Milford
  • Enfield
  • Norwalk
  • Portland
  • Westport
  • Windham.

When homeowners log onto the company's website, they'll see the photo of their home. There's no obligation for them to do anything, but they can choose to get a home energy assessment for less than $100.

"The easiest and very first thing homeowners should do is get the assessment that allows them to start sealing up air leaks," D'Souza said.

"I think it's cool for people to get new information, a new presentation and motivate people to think differently about energy efficiency," Dubuisson said.

If Connecticut residents want to learn more about this free program and other energy saving options that are available, the West Hartford clean energy task force is hosting a free workshop at town hall at 7 p.m.

For more information on Sagewell, click here.

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