Fairfield's Mr. Handyman Helps Weston Residents With Free Energy Program

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WESTON, Conn. -- The Weston Social Services Department has partnered with Mr. Handyman to promote a free Home Energy Solutions-Income Eligible (HES-IE) program. The program is sponsored by Energize Connecticut.

“As heating fuel and electricity become more expensive, the case for weatherizing homes becomes stronger, while the costs of inaction increasingly hurt families’ budgets,” said Charlene Chiang-Hillman, director of Social Services for Weston.

Fairfield-based Mr. Handyman has committed its community outreach staff to provide in-home assistance with the application process and scheduling to Weston residents.

“We need to get the word out. Many Weston seniors and families qualify, but they don’t take advantage of this free weatherization and energy efficiency program. Either they haven’t heard about it, or they don’t believe it’s really free,” Chiang-Hillman said.

Customers of Connecticut Light & Power, Yankee Gas, and Connecticut Natural Gas whose combined household earnings are less than 60 percent of the state median income are eligible for free HES-IE services.

Program qualification is expedited for households receiving energy assistance, supplemental nutrition assistance (SNAP), elderly living on Social Security, and families relying on disability or unemployment insurance.

“We encourage residents to call Mr. Handyman’s outreach team at 203-373-7717 to schedule or for questions. They also may call the Department of Social Services at 203-222-2663,” Chiang-Hillman said.

Mr. Handyman will donate $25 to the Weston Warm-Up Fund for each HES-IE appointment it completes.

“We hope all eligible households will buy into this ‘win-win’ campaign: homes become more comfortable and energy bills decrease, our audit and insulation crews have work, and the Warm-Up Fund receives much-needed cash,” said Lorenzo Wyatt, co-owner of Mr. Handyman.

For more information about free HES-IE weatherization services and eligibility, visit www.mrhandymangreen.com, or call Mr. Handyman at 203-373-7717.

Mr. Handyman is a home-performance contractor that is authorized by Energize Connecticut to provide free Home Energy Solutions-Income Eligible services.

Energize Connecticut helps residents save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, the state, and local electric and gas utilities with funding from a charge on customer energy bills.

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