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Delmarva Power Offers Money-Saving Weatherization Advice to Low-Income residents

Friday, January 20, 2006

Delmarva Power Offers Money-Saving Weatherization Advice to Low-Income residents

Delmarva Power officials today take their Energy Know-How to Kingswood Community Center, providing low and fixed income residents information on how to weatherize their homes in order to cut down on energy usage and save money.

Delmarva Power Regional Vice President Glenn Moore said the event, the latest in a series of Energy Know How Campaign activities designed to give customers information on how to use energy wisely during these times of rising energy costs, will focus on long-term solutions. “By giving customers the KNOW HOW to understand how they’re loosing energy in their homes and then how to stop that loss, we’re able to help customers conserve and save on their utility bills well into the future,” Moore said.

Moore, and Delmarva Power energy efficiency expert Jim Cinelli roll up the sleeves on their sweatshirts Friday (one energy saving’s tip, dress for the weather) at Kingswood Community Center to provide area low-income residents with specific tips on weatherization.

According to Cinelli, the first step is to walk over to the thermostat, “And if there is no medical reason why you shouldn’t, then set the temperature down to at least 68 degrees during the day when people are at home, and even lower at night.” You can save 3% on your heating costs for every degree you reduce the temperature below 70 degrees.

Community residents will also be treated to a hands-on demonstration on how to use some low cost energy savings products, such as weather stripping and caulking, the installation of outlet covers and water tank blankets. And Delmarva Power will make sure these residents can go home and immediately start conserving energy and saving. Each family participating will be given a bag containing conservation products including compact fluorescent light bulbs.

“Lighting is a huge energy drain in homes and the new compact fluorescent or cfl bulbs produce about three to four times as much light per watt as the old incandescent bulb and they last up to ten times longer,” said Cinelli.

This low-income energy seminar is just the first of many being planned for community centers throughout the area over the next several months.

“As in every area of our economy, energy prices are driven by demand for the product. By focusing a customer’s attention on how they use energy and giving them the KNOW HOW on conserving we’re able to provide long term solutions that will help all of us,” Moore said.

For more information about conserving energy;

http://www.delmarva.com/home/education/conserving

For information on low-income energy assistance;

http://www.state.de.us/gic/winterenergyhelp/index.shtml

For information about energy efficiency tax credits;

www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_tax_credits&layout=print