A community resource for Connecticut residents: Look, touch, learn, save.
Orange, CONN. (July 18, 2012) – Today, saving energy isn’t a compromise. Energy-efficient products actually make life better and promote a smarter way of living for you and your family. That’s what the SmartLivingTM Center located in Orange, Connecticut is all about. Funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and administered by The United Illuminating Company (UI), the SmartLiving Center is part home improvement showroom, part science museum and part resource center always open to the public for guests of all ages.
“The SmartLiving Center offers a unique educational experience for all ages to learn more about energy and electricity, electrical safety, sources of energy, conservation, the latest in energy efficiency and much more,” said Jocelyn Anastasiou, SmartLiving Center Program Manager, UI. “Our goal is to provide guests with information about their homes’ energy usage and give them examples of energy-efficient solutions to help them proactively manage their home’s energy costs while remaining environmentally-conscious.”
The SmartLiving Center always has the latest interactive products, services and ideas to educate customers about energy efficiency for their homes or small businesses. Currently, the expert staff at the SmartLiving Center is showing new light-emitting diode (LED) technology and other lighting displays as well as new home insulation displays for renters and homeowners to learn about how they can achieve maximum efficiency within their homes’ performance.
In addition, visitors are encouraged to take a free tour of the SmartLiving Center to learn about home weatherizing tips year-round. From an ENERGY STAR® kitchen exhibit where guests can see energy-efficient appliances and learn about the savings, to a “Builders Showcase” displaying new technologies for energy-efficient heating, cooling and insulation, the SmartLiving Center features a hands-on experience where guests can try out the latest energy-saving home products. There’s something for the kids, too, because most SmartLiving Center events have fun, educational workshops and games for children with prizes included.
Other features of the SmartLiving Center are staff-guided educational tours for students and Connecticut residents, monthly seminars provided by industry experts, events and a group meeting space. Other features of the SmartLiving Center are staff-guided educational tours for students and residents, monthly seminars provided by industry experts, events and a group meeting space. All events and seminars are offered at no cost to attendees, and the SmartLiving Center provides bus reimbursements for schools that visit for an educational tour.
Opened in 2001 as a community resource for Connecticut residents, the SmartLiving Center is designed to educate the public about energy and energy efficiency. Since 2001, the center has seen a steady growth in attendance with a total of 125,090 visitors to date.