Cayce, S.C. (March 28, 2013) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented SCE&G with the 2013 ENERGY STAR Award of Excellence for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by sponsoring significant consumer education efforts that promote superior energy-efficient products. SCE&G’s accomplishments were recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26.
Salim Khalil, SCE&G residential program manager, Angie Webb, SCE&G director of demand side management, Beth Craig, EPA director, David Lee, DOE residential program supervisor
Specifically, SCE&G was recognized for its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program that launched in April 2011. The program takes a “whole house” approach to home improvement for customers and participating contractors in South Carolina to help improve the comfort, energy efficiency, safety and durability of a home. By participating in the program, customers can receive rebates up to $2,500 for making home energy improvements recommended by a Building Performance Institute certified contractor.
“We have been very pleased with customer participation in our overall portfolio of energy efficiency programs,” said Salim Khalil, program manager for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. “Home Performance is a great option for SCE&G’s electric customers who want to implement more comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades in their home and helps offset the out-of-pocket expenses associated with these types of investments.”
Khalil added, “One of the best features of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR includes the blower door test, an advanced diagnostic tool that helps the participating contractor to pinpoint the problem areas in a home. This test helps to ensure the recommended energy efficiency improvements offer customers maximum savings and benefits throughout their home.”
Over the last 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
“By creatively promoting ENERGY STAR products, SCE&G has led the way in helping consumers easily find energy-efficient products in the marketplace,” said Bob Perciasepe, acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “SCE&G’s innovative programs make it easier for Americans to save money and protect the environment.”
The 2013 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award is given to a variety of organizations in recognition of their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution, resulting in significant cost savings. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.
To learn more about SCE&G’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, visit www.sceg.com/homeperformance.
SCE&G is a regulated utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 670,000 customers in South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 323,000 customers throughout the state. More information about SCE&G is available at www.sceg.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).