NORWALK, Conn. – Funds raised through energy assessments of Norwalk homes will be used to give 50 Norwalk middle school students a one-week summer class at the Maritime Aquarium.
The offer of energy saving assessments was arranged by the Mayor’s Energy and Environment Task Force last summer and announced as an “Energy Challenge.” Since August, Next Step Living and New England Smart Energy have conducted over 200 home energy assessments in Norwalk at a charge of $99. The task force collected $50 for each assessment and on Thursday announced a $10,000 donation to the Mayor’s Engineering and Science Program.
Councilman John Kydes (D-District C), task force chairman, said the next energy challenge begins Jan. 1. “The task force is committed to donate $20,000 to the Mayor’s Student Engineering and Science program,” he said.
The energy assessments have saved Norwalk homeowners an estimated $50,000 to $120,000 on their energy costs, according to a press release. New England Smart Energy program manager Erin O’Neil said it also avoided the equivalent of 360 metric tons of greenhouse gases and the use of 837 barrels of oil.
The summer classes for the kids will take place over two weeks, with 25 children in each one-week class.
Maritime Aquarium Director of Education Tom Naiman said the children will explore Long Island Sound on the aquarium’s brand new catamaran and learn how to set up and maintain an aquarium.