ABCD, Inc.
1070 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: (203) 366-8241
Fax: (203) 394-6175

Working Together to Lower Your Energy Bills


Heating Systems

  • Set your thermostat to 68 F or below.
  • Put on an extra layer of clothing instead of turning up the heat.
  • Have your furnace cleaned, tested, and tuned every year.

Windows and Doors

  • Close all storm windows during the colder months.
  • Keep the warm air inside - don't stand with the outside door open.
  • Close shades and drapes at night to keep the cold air out.

Water

  • Take short showers (less than seven minutes) to save energy.
  • Tightly close and fix leaking faucets.
  • Turn off the faucet when doing dishes, washing and brushing your teeth. Letting water run down the drain waste water and energy.
  • Wash clothes in cold water.

Lighting

  • Use fluorescent lights for energy savings. These bulbs use one quarter to one third the energy of traditional bulbs and last ten times longer.
  • Turn lights off when not needed.
  • Dust bulbs and lighting fixtures for greater brightness.
  • Use only as much light as you need: more for reading, less for watching TV.

Habits

  • Put your TV on a timer if you tend to fall asleep with it on.
  • Put a lid on cooking pans to cook faster and use less energy.
  • Hang clothes on a line to cut down on drying costs.
  • Reverse ceiling fans in winter and recycle heating dollars.
  • During the summer months, pull your blinds and shades down to keep the sunlight out and keep your home cooler.

Refrigerators

  • Plan ahead - the more often and longer the refrigerator door is open, the greater the energy usage.
  • Vacuum the refrigerator coils several times a year for efficiency.
  • Take advantage of free cooling by defrosting frozen foods in the refrigerator.
  • Take advantage of free cooling by defrosting frozen foods in the refrigerator.

Weatherization Mission

To reduce heating and cooling costs for low-income families, particularly the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety.

Weatherization Vision

By the year 2020, The Department of Energy/Weatherization program will significantly increase the number of low-income households receiving cost-effective, energy-efficient improvements while ensuring the health and safety of people served, by being the recognized leader in professional, residential Weatherization services. This will be achieved through: the development and adoption of new Weatherization technology by conducting a "residential energy audit" by trained certified auditors and technicians.

Request For Weatherization

Customers must apply for fuel assistance; eligible customers will receive a Request for Weatherization card. Cards are filled out and must be mailed to Weatherization office as soon as possible. Cards are stamped and filed in order of date received (first come, first served). An appointment is then scheduled for any energy audit. For customers who own their homes and are found eligible, assistance is free. Renters require owner's permission and contribution.

Types of Weatherization Measures

  • Insulation: Attic walls, floor, duct, pipe and water heater.
  • Air sealing: Blower door testing, caulk, and weather-stripping.
  • Heating system: Efficiency testing, carbon monoxide testing, tuning, burner-retrofit and replacement, energy-related health and safety measures.
  • Health and Safety: Vents, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector.
  • Windows: Repairs of broken glass, primary and storm window replacement.
  • Lighting: Replace traditional bulbs with fluorescent energy saving bulbs.
  • Door: Replace exterior doors.
  • Client education: Saving tips, working together to lower your energy bills.