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BETHEL — The Board of Selectmen voted last week to accept a $10,000 grant for energy saving projects.
The town earned the Bright Idea Grant from Clean Energy Communities, a program that allows municipalities to earn points for being energy efficient. Towns can then exchange these points for a grant to complete an energy-saving project that will benefit the community, according to the program’s website.
The selectmen voted unanimously to put the money toward a light bulb exchange for residents in October. Eversource has told the town this is the most popular way to use the grant money, First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said at Friday’s meeting.
The town likely will not spend the full grant amount on the exchange, Knickerbocker said. With $2,000, the town can provide 485 households with enough light bulbs to swap out five incandescent bulbs.