Look at the back of your electric bill Connecticut, and you’ll see a number of fees every ratepayer pays in addition to the cost of the electricity we pay for every month. One of those fees goes to the “Comb Public Benefit Chrg*”
The Combined Public Benefits Charge appears on UI and CL&P electric bills and is paid by all customers. This charge collects the money used to support the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund (billed at three mills/kWh, that is, 3/10ths of a cent per kWh) and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (billed at one mill/kWh, that is, 1/10th of a cent per kWh). The Combined Public Benefits Charge also recovers the costs that the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control assigns to the Systems Benefit Charge.
The Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund subsidizes the cost of every ratepayer being able to have an energy audit done on their home. This energy audit encompasses the entire home from the HVAC system to vents and insulation to doors and windows. Given that Connecticut has the second highest electric rates in the United States, one key to reducing the cost of all energy used in the home, including electricity, is by reducing the demand for energy through conservation measures.
The way we use energy varies with the application, so the energy audit sees all these uses and recommends ways for consumers to save money on the energy they use.
ICPA recommends the use of these energy audits for one, because we all pay for them in our electric bill and two, because the results of the audits will show consumers how to reduce their energy demand and save money.
Energy audits are not the sole province of the electric utilities. These audits are for the use of all ratepayers regardless of how they heat their home. Learn more about energy audits and conservation in the home here http://www.icpa.org/tips.htm