Newark electric utility offers energy efficiency incentive program

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The City of Newark, in partnership with the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), introduced Efficiency Smart, a program for City of Newark Electric Department customers. DEMEC’s energy efficiency program, Efficiency Smart, offers rebates and several services designed to help residents and businesses reduce energy use.
Newark is expected to save approximately 3,306megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy over the course of the three-year contract period. This is roughly equivalent to the annual electric usage of 408 homes.
Business customers also have ways to save energy and money.
Small to mid-sized companies that use up to 500,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually can receive rebates for implementing common energy efficiency measures through Efficiency Smart’s Business Energy Rebates (BER) program. Example projects include lighting, compressed air, food service equipment, and HVAC.
Businesses that use more than 500,000 kWh of electricity annually have access to tailored services with dedicated account management, customized financial incentives and technical assistance through Efficiency Smart’s Custom program.
Many companies that have completed projects with Efficiency Smart have seen reductions in their energy consumption, often between five to 20 percent of their total energy use.
Small business projects completed through Efficiency Smart to date have averaged more than $1,600 in annual energy cost savings while larger business projects have averaged in excess of $9,300 annually.
The residential services available through the program include a set of initiatives that promote sustainable efficient product use and increase energy efficiency in homes. This includes discounts on energy-efficient lighting, rebates for energy-efficient appliances and products, and a free meter loan service.
By taking advantage of these options, residents can reduce their energy consumption and save on their electric bills. For example, a resident who:
  • Replaces 10 of his or her most frequently used incandescent light bulbs with LEDs could save approximately $100 in annual electric costs
  • Plugs appliances and electronics into an advanced power strip could save up to $100 in annual electric costs
  • Manages his or her electric usage with an advanced thermostat could save approximately $70 in annual electric cost
“The Efficiency Smart program is an opportunity that will bring value to the entire city,” said Jerry Clifton, Mayor of Newark. “We’re proud to join other towns in Delaware in helping our residents and businesses reduce energy consumption, save money on their electric bills, and learn best practices. Together, we can help build a smarter, more efficient Newark–not just today, but into the future.”
For more information about Efficiency Smart services available to the city of Newark through DEMEC’s energy efficiency program, visit www.efficiencysmart.org/newark-delaware, or call Efficiency Smart at 877-889-3777.
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