Energy Efficiency and Natural Gas Utilities
A number of local energy utilities serve one or more of the 50 communities competing in the Georgetown University Energy Prize. What follows are stories of successful and cost-effective natural gas efficiency programs, which empower consumers to make smart energy choices, implement efficiency upgrades, and save energy and money throughout the year.
Natural gas and combination utilities have long-running energy efficiency programs. In 2013 they invested $1.14 Billion in 112 rate-payer funded natural gas efficiency programs, operating across 39 states. These innovative, replicable, and scalable programs achieve significant energy and cost savings over the long term. In 2013 they helped customers save 151 trillion Btu of energy, which offset 7.9 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. Through these programs, participating residences saved an average $137 on their annual energy bills.
The range of utility-run programs includes:
- Energy education, online tools and energy usage dashboards
- Communjity engagment and consumer empowerment programs
- Low to no-cost weatherization services for low income customers
- Cash rebates for higher efficiency equipment and whole home/business upgrades
- Efficieny loans
- Partnerships with various stakeholders, including entities along the supply chain
- Training and certification, vetted contractor networks, and workforce development programs