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PGW HELPS CUSTOMERS BECOME MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT

PGW’s Marketplace expands savings on smart thermostats to help customers conserve energy

                      

PHILADELPHIA (April 21, 2021) –Philadelphia Gas Works’ (PGW) Marketplace is giving customers a new incentive to lower their energy consumption and reduce their home heating costs. New price reductions on smart thermostats available through the Marketplace, combined with an instant $70 PGW rebate, make it more economical for PGW customers to purchase the energy-saving devices.

 

Smart thermostats can be controlled by a cell phone and include features like motion sensors, alerts, and integration with other smart devices, enabling customers to conserve energy. In alignment with the Earth Day 2021 theme of “Restore our Earth,” the energy efficiency gained through smart thermostats is effective in lowering carbon emissions and combating climate change, and also complements PGW’s suite of energy conservation programs.

 

“On this Earth Day, PGW reflects on our commitment to reduce emissions, and encourage our customers to become more energy efficient,” said Janelle Johnson-Grummert, Director of Sustainability, at PGW. “As we work each day to meet Philadelphia’s energy needs by safely delivering natural gas – the clean, reliable, and affordable energy solution – we also challenge ourselves to make choices that are good for the environment, from helping our customers reduce emissions with rebates, promoting combined heat and power and liquefied natural gas,  reducing the carbon footprint at our facilities, operating a fleet of vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas, and finding new ways that customers can conserve energy.”

 

In addition to PGW’s Marketplace, customers can also take advantage of PGW’s EnergySense program, which offers rebates of $350 - $1,300 for purchasing high efficiency heaters and hot water heaters, as well as rebates for commercial appliances.

 

PGW’s environmental efforts also include:

  • PGW’s Home Comfort program offers free energy weatherization services to selected qualifying low-income customers. In just over a decade, PGW has invested $60 million to weatherize 23,660 low-income customer homes and 22 multi-family buildings (with a majority of low-income tenants) in Philadelphia. The average residential customer reduced their home energy usage by an estimated 13 percent in the first year after weatherization.
  • Awarding more than 6,700 residential, commercial, and industrial customers efficiency rebates and grants (from 2011 to 2020), at a cost of $10.3 million. On average, residential customers save over $150 in utility costs during the first year after installation.
  • Incentivizing developers and builders through PGW’s EnergySense program to implement energy-efficient construction practices by offering Residential Construction Grants worth up to $1,400 per home.

 

These initiatives have had a combined impact of reducing carbon by 929,000 metric tons, or planting over 15.3 million trees.


For more information on PGW’s sustainability programs, visit PGWEnergySense.com or pgworks.com/community-impact/sustainability.



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