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Delmarva Power touts new energy efficiency programs for customers

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Delmarva Power announced it secured approval to offer residential electric customers in Delaware three energy efficiency programs. The company estimates the programs could help customers save more than $10 dollars a month.  

The new programs aim to incentivize customers to use more energy-efficient technology in their homes — and help them monitor their household energy usage. 

Under a new behavior-based program, Delmarva says customers will be able to opt in to more personalized energy usage reports, allowing them to compare their usage to neighbors with similar homes and offering high usage alerts. 

Delmarva spokeswoman Amber Burruezo says the additional information should help customers make more informed decisions in their homes, saving money and energy. She says similar programs in 36 states “consistently have shown 1.5 to 2.5 percent reduction in energy usage.”

Another new program will give customers up to $55 to let Delmarva pick up old appliances — which may be less energy-efficient than new ones— inside their homes. A third will provide in-store discounts on Energy Star-certified LED light bulbs. 

The programs are expected to roll out over the next year, and will need to be reapproved after three years. Burruezo says Delmarva has offered similar programs in Maryland since 2009.

 

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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