Columbia, S.C. (August 16, 2013) – Yesterday SCE&G announced the launch of a new program that will provide residents of Midlands’ neighborhood, Booker Washington Heights, with the opportunity to learn more about energy-efficiency measures that translate to energy savings.
The Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program was established by SCE&G and subsequently approved by the South Carolina Public Service Commission to provide eligible neighborhoods with energy surveys and direct installation of energy saving improvements for its residents at no cost.
Working with the City of Columbia’s Community Development Department, the Booker Washington Heights neighborhood was selected as the first community to benefit from the program based on a variety of factors such as census data and neighborhood demographics.
During a kick-off event at the Katheryn M. Bellfield Cultural Arts Center, City of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin joined SCE&G representatives, neighborhood association leaders and residents, to explain more about the program and how taking steps to conserve energy at home could help customers save in energy costs.
“We applaud the efforts of SCE&G for focusing on residential energy efficiency,” said Mayor Benjamin. “Conservation begins at home, and with this new program, residents of Booker Washington Heights will not only be better equipped to reduce energy usage but may also spend less on their energy bills.”
Some of the energy-saving improvements that participants will receive at no cost could include:
- CFL bulbs
- electric water heater wraps and insulation for water pipes
- Smart-Strip power strips
- winterization kits for window/wall units
- adjusting electric water heater temperature
- HVAC filters
“We are dedicated to helping our customers find ways to be energy wise and make their homes more energy efficient,” said Angie Webb, director of SCE&G Energy Efficiency Programs. “The Neighborhood Energy Efficiency Program will allow us to connect directly with our customers who need this assistance the most and work with them to create a more sustainable and energy efficient community.”
The program will be active in the Booker Washington Heights neighborhood for approximately six weeks with a goal of visiting 280 residents. Plans for the remainder of 2013 include expanding into the Charleston area, and in 2014, the program is expected to reach out to additional cities and towns within SCE&G’s service territory.
SCE&G offers a comprehensive portfolio of EnergyWise® programs that work together to increase overall energy efficiency and reduce energy usage during peak times. Through the use of energy efficient tips and ideas, rebates and incentives, SCE&G customers reduced approximately 57,000 MWh of energy during the portfolio’s first year. For more information about SCE&G’s EnergyWise® and energy efficiency efforts visit: www.sceg.com/en/energywise-and-save.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 664,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 313,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.