EPA Recognizes Dominion East Ohio As 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year In
Energy Efficiency Program Delivery
Dominion East Ohio's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program administered by
GoodCents® earns award for protecting the environment through superior energy
ATLANTA, March 14, 2013
ATLANTA, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has recognized Dominion East Ohio with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner
of the Year Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas
emissions by delivering energy efficiency information and services to its
customers. Dominion East Ohio's accomplishments will be recognized at an
awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2013.
Dominion East Ohio, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010, is being honored for
their work to increase market share of energy-efficient ENERGY STAR qualified
products through comprehensive outreach, education, and marketing programs
such as Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES). Administered by GoodCents,
this program improves the energy performance, durability, and healthiness of
existing residential homes in the Dominion East Ohio service territory through
home energy assessments.
For a small fee of $50.00, a GoodCents Building Performance Institute (BPI)
certified auditor works with a Dominion East Ohio residential customer and
performs a three- to four-hour comprehensive home performance assessment. The
auditor performs an array of tests which include a furnace inspection,
combustion analysis on appliances, and a blower door test which indicates
whether there are air leaks in the home. The auditor then uses an infrared
camera to determine insulation levels and identify the specific locations of
any air leaks. The home energy assessment may also include the installation of
free home improvements such as foam insulation, water heater pipe wrapping,
kitchen and bathroom aerators, HVAC filters, weather stripping, door sweeps,
and a carbon monoxide detector. At the end of the assessment, a detailed
report is presented to the home owner which includes a list of recommendations
as well as the projected energy savings for making the recommended
improvements. The home owner can then contact a participating contractor to
complete the desired work, and can earn up to $1,250 in rebates for making
their home more energy efficient.
Dominion East Ohio launched its HPwES program in mid-October of 2010, and in
2012 the program completed over 3,800 assessments and paid out nearly $1.5
million in rebates to 2,800 Dominion East Ohio customers. The program has
built a large network of active contractors that have supported the program
resulting in $17.8 million being invested back into the local economy.
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.
"GoodCents is proud to partner with Dominion East Ohio in the delivery of the
HPwES program," says Bill Rodgers, GoodCents CEO & President. "The success of
this program reflects the desire of customers to learn more about making their
homes more energy efficient through ENERGY STAR products and programs."
"Dominion East Ohio sets the bar for promoting energy-efficient products and
services that help Americans learn how to save money and energy while
protecting the environment," said Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. "Dominion East Ohio's program delivery
methods demonstrate how communities across the nation can protect the climate
through greater energy efficiency and provide a road map for future program
The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards for Energy Efficiency Program
Delivery are given to a variety of organizations in recognition of their
efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution. Award winners are
selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY
About Dominion East Ohio
Dominion East Ohio is the largest natural gas distribution subsidiary of
Dominion Resources, Inc. Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers
and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,400 megawatts
of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage
pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one
of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic
feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For
more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
With headquarters in Atlanta, GoodCents is an industry leading service company
that specializes in demand-side management and energy efficiency programs, as
well as research and data analysis for utilities across North America. Founded
in the late 1970's, GoodCents has provided critical services to over 150
utilities and hundreds of thousands of commercial and industrial customers
over the last three decades. Currently, GoodCents is engaged with 30 utilities
(including over 45% of the top 25 Investor Owned Utilities), and manages 55
active programs in the United States and Canadian provinces. During 2013,
GoodCents' staffing will surpass 500 professionals located in 20 offices
across the country. For more information about GoodCents, visit
www.GoodCents.com or call 800-653-3445.
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).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
GoodCents Director of Marketing
ENERGY STAR Brand Manager
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