For Immediate Release
SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva Power today began offering cash rebates for buying energy-saving appliances to encourage its residential customers in Maryland to reduce their electric bills, conserve energy and protect the environment. The rebates are part of a series of energy efficiency programs that will be offered to Maryland residential customers by the end of the year, and include home energy audits and rebates for installation of high-efficiency central air conditioning and heat pumps.
Rebates of up to $50 are available on select ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerators, room air conditioners and certain energy-efficient water heaters purchased at any area retail store. These savings would be in addition to federal tax credits.
"By offering our customers energy efficiency options, we are protecting the environment, enhancing electric reliability and helping our customers save energy and money," said Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Power Region.
The rebate is funded through a portion of customer rates designed to encourage a reduction in energy consumption and result in overall energy and cost savings.
The energy efficiency programs are expected to reduce Delmarva Power's electric load and environmental impact by conserving an estimated 57,200 megawatt-hours of energy over the next three years. This would result in avoiding more than 41,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, which is equivalent to removing approximately 73,000 cars from the road a year, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Delmarva Power has promoted energy conservation and efficiency for many years. For example, the company continues to participate in a special discount program with various retailers in Maryland to encourage customers to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. So far, over 2.3 million of these energy-saving bulbs have been purchased since the program began in 2007.
The Maryland Public Service Commission has enacted a "decoupling" order that removes the link between electricity use and utility revenues which enables Delmarva Power to enhance its promotion of energy efficiency programs.
Lowering energy consumption reduces current power plant emissions and the need to build new plants. This helps the environment and helps meet states' goals to lessen per capita energy consumption. The use of more energy-efficient products also helps customers save money on their monthly bills.
The appliance rebate program is available to Delmarva Power customers who can obtain applications from some stores or online at "www.delmarva.com." To receive a rebate, customers must include their account number on the completed application, provide proof of purchase made after Sept. 15 for a qualifying product, and mail to the address listed on the form. Rebate guidelines are as follows:
• $50 Refrigerator Rebate: Receive a $50 rebate for purchasing an ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator that can reduce annual utility costs by up to $200.* Limit one rebate per customer.
• $25 Room Air Conditioner Rebate: ENERGY STAR® qualified room air conditioners use at least 10 percent less energy than conventional models.* Receive a $25 rebate for purchasing an ENERGY STAR® unit. Limit five rebates per customer.
• $20 Water Heater Rebate: Purchase an electric water heater with an Energy Factor of 0.93 or greater and receive a $20 rebate. Electric water heaters are not ENERGY STAR® qualified. However, this rebate is offered for the most efficient models because energy-efficient electric water heaters can reduce the cost to heat water.* Customers should look for units with the greatest Energy Factor. Limit one rebate per customer.
*Source: ENERGY STAR® Web site
Editor's note: You can get more energy-saving information at Delmarva Power's Web site, www.delmarva.com.
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.