A Trumbull High School student spent December giving the gift of electric conservation.
With the theme "Bringing Energy Efficiency to the Community One Door at a Time," Anuj Sisodiya submitted his community project with dozens of others to the eesmartsTM student contest in early 2013, envisioned bringing energy efficiency to his community one door and one lighting display at a time.
Sisodiya’s project, “Light It but Time It” was selected, and he earned a grant to bring his vision to life.
"I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of the eesmarts award, and I am energized to go door to door to help make Trumbull a greener community", said Sisodiya.
“Witnessing the progress from this contest submission to full-scale community project is exciting for us, and Sisodiya’s project is a great example of how students can take what they learn in the classroom to make a real difference in their community,” said Jocelyn Anastasiou, eesmarts program manager, The United Illuminating Company. “This initiative will provide Trumbull residents with the information and tools necessary to save energy and money,” Anastasiou said.
Students went door-to-door encouraging the use of timers during the holiday season to prevent lights and lighting displays from being left on for extended period of times.
The group's goal was to distribute 250 timers to residents who have outdoor lighting displays while encouraging them to have a home energy assessment through Energize Connecticut’s Home Energy Solutions program.
"Deciding to incorporate the use of timers and having an assessment will continue to help Trumbull residents save money and energy. The assessment will pin point areas where energy is being wasted and make corrections within program guidelines to improve the home’s overall energy performance," according to a press release.
The energy assessments will be performed by Trumbull-based Eagle Eye Energy, Inc. The company will donate a $25 portion of the co‐pay of each assessment completed to the Trumbull Nature & Arts Center, which supports clean energy solutions.
Sisodiya’s project received funding through Energize Connecticut’s eesmarts program and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Hampshire Foundation, and the Common Sense Fund.
Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.