I Heart My Home CT

Free one-on-one home energy counseling
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I Heart My Home CT is a cost-free, one-stop shop to make home improvements for health, comfort, energy savings, and lower utility bills.

When Crystal Blair became a first-time homeowner in August 2020, she thought the funds planned through her rehab loan would be enough to fix the house up and ensure a comfortable, healthy haven for her and her family. But after the home inspection, she discovered the house’s good looks were only skin deep. Before Blair even closed, she realized she needed help from a knowledgeable service that had her interests in mind. That’s why she reached out to NHS of New Haven and registered for our I Heart My Home CT program.

Trish and her husband, Dick Taylor, have retired and live on a fixed income. They bought their house 40 years ago. “It had central air, but the central air broke a few years after we lived in the house,” Trish recalled. “I had heard, in the course of my reading, about a heat pump. So, I asked Kathy about a heat pump and what it is. Through that, she told me about the I Heart My Home CT Program.”

Dan Knudsen is a local landlord and I Heart My Home CT customer. He has been working with the I Heart My Home team for over a year on projects for two properties he owns. One is his own residence and the other is a rental property.

When Dan realized his homes needed some energy system upgrades, he decided to consult a professional team. “Energy system upgrades can be a confusing process. They (I Heart My Home) help me figure out the best route to take with all the different energy incentives out there,” Dan said.

Are you an I Heart My Home CT customer?

We’d love to hear about your experience.

OUR PARTNERS

NHS of New Haven I Heart My Home CT and Operation Fuel
I Heart My Home CT partner HeatSmart West Hartford
NHS of New Haven I Heart My Home CT partner HeatSmart Middletown
NHS of New Haven I Heart My Home CT partner HeatSmart Bethel
I Heart My Home CT partner the City of Hartford
I Heart My Home CT partner Earth Forward Group
I Heart My Home CT partner Love Hartford

Thanks to our Outreach Partners who spearhead I Heart My Home CT customer engagement.

More comfort, lower bills

For homeowners, renters, landlords

Am I eligible to participate? I Heart My Home CT counsels residential renters, owner-occupants, and landlords to make their buildings more energy-efficient and deploy clean energy and sustainability practices at those properties to ensure a transition to an inclusive, equitable energy future.

Meet the Team

Kathy Fay

Kathy Fay

Director, Community Sustainability

Mike Uhl

Mike Uhl

Head Energy Counselor, I Heart My Home CT

Carmen Ramos-Perez

Carmen Ramos-Perez

I Heart My Home CT Specialist

Learn more and meet Mike, our head energy counselor

Give your house some love with I Heart My Home CT. Whether you call us your coach, energy counselor, or energy concierge service, we are here for you. We help you understand your home’s energy needs, the resources available to you and the best upgrades to help you meet your goals.

Do you want your home to be more comfortable? Do you want more freedom from utility bills? Whether you’re seeking solar panels, insulation, an upgraded air conditioning or heating system, or simply a drier basement, I Heart My Home CT helps make an actionable plan and access the resources to achieve your goals. We stick with you every step of the way.

Here in New Haven, we’ve endured the record-breaking temperatures in the summer and unpredictable winters brought about by climate change. If you’re fortunate to live in a home that’s newer or that’s been updated, you likely feel comfortable inside year-round. But most New Haven residents live in older housing that lacks the air sealing, insulation, tight doors and windows, and efficient heating and air conditioning systems necessary to keep homes comfortable and healthy. They’re stuck wasting energy and paying higher utility bills.

THE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER HOME

  1. Work with an energy engineer: Analyze the most effective options for your property and create a data tool that allows that process to begin immediately.
  2. One-on-one in-home counseling: Using a data-driven process to help you review and compare options, identify individual goals and what resources are available and appropriate to meet them, and what steps to take to complete the upgrade(s).
  3. Project management: Project management services and assistance accessing resources are available upon request.
  4. Enjoy the benefits: Enjoy the benefits of your initial success while energy and monetary savings of completed projects are measured and verified.
  5. Set a new goal and repeat: You may set a new goal and repeat the process to save even more energy and money.

MAKE YOUR

NEIGHBORHOOD SUSTAINABLE
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