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Delmarva Power Offers Customers New Home Energy Savings Program Options

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Maryland Residential Customers Can Save Energy and Receive Rebates

SALISBURY , Md. – Delmarva Power today launched three new Programs exclusively for Maryland customers as part of its Home Energy Savings Program. The new residential programs are the HVAC Efficiency Program, Income Eligible Energy Efficiency Program, and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program that includes the Quick Home Energy Survey program. These programs encourage Delmarva Power’s Maryland customers to conserve energy consumption by assessing energy saving opportunities in the home and installing energy efficient products which in turn save money.

“These programs demonstrate the commitment we have to our customers and the community to promote energy conservation and lessen our carbon footprint,” said Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Power Region. “Delmarva Power will seek to aggressively promote energy efficiency programs to our customers in support of the state's EmPOWER Maryland initiatives, as well as advise them on energy efficiency steps they can take in their homes and businesses.”

Home Energy Savings Program details are as follows:

· HVAC Efficiency Program: Receive $100 for the tune-up of an HVAC system or up to $300 for the replacement of an HVAC system, depending upon the efficiency of the new unit. Customers must use an HVAC contractor registered as a participant in Delmarva Power’s HVAC Efficiency Program to be eligible for the rebate. The registered contractor will provide customers with the application they must complete and customers are responsible for submitting it to the Delmarva Power HVAC Rebate Processing Center for payment. Rebate processing time is estimated to be six to eight weeks.

· Income Eligible Energy Efficiency Program: Receive a comprehensive whole house diagnostic energy audit, at no cost, performed by a Building Performance Institute Certified professional. Following the audit, receive cost-effective weatherization measures (i.e., attic insulation, wall insulation, door and window weather-stripping, and more) at no cost, up to a program-designated limit, as well as additional electric saving measures (i.e., Compact Fluorescent Lights [CFLs], electric water heater tank wraps, electric water heater pipe wraps, and more). Customers must have qualified for LIHEAP or EUSP assistance in the last 12 months. Customers eligible for this rebate must reside in a single family, row home, town house, or dwelling that has no more than four units. The residence must also have a central air conditioner or electric heating. Customers can complete an application at certain community based organization locations.

· Quick Home Energy Survey (QHES) and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program: Receive an in- home, walk-through, energy survey with the online My Account tool to identify ways to improve energy efficiency, identify possible health and safety issues and start an action plan to reduce overall energy use. Normally $40, the inspection is conducted at no cost to customers who agree to have the QHES surveyor install at least three energy-saving measures (i.e., CFLs, low-flow showerhead(s), faucet aerator(s), and more at the time of the survey). The next phase of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program offers customers a comprehensive whole house diagnostic energy audit performed by a Building Performance Institute Certified professional. The audit is $100, paid by the customer directly to a registered participating contractor of Delmarva Power’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. Typically more than $100, the program will pay the contractor the additional audit cost for the customer up to $300. Rebates to customers for completing energy efficiency installations based on the audit results are 15 percent of the cost for air sealing and insulation; and $200 for duct sealing or replacement -a maximum rebate of $1,200 per customer residence. Customers eligible for this rebate must reside in a single family, row home, town house, or dwelling that has no more than four units. The residence must also have a central air conditioner or electric heating.

To schedule a Quick Home Energy Survey or for any other inquiries about Delmarva Power’s Home Energy Savings Program, call 1-866-353-5799 or log onto www.delmarva.com/homeenergysavings.

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 121,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .