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Energy Efficiency

A hundred years ago, electricity was a luxury. Today, we cannot live without it. But even though we take electricity for granted, we need to remember to use it wisely. Using electricity wisely is good for the environment, saves money in your home and business, and keeps our nation's electricity supply more reliable.

Electric Company Programs

Electric companies offer a variety of programs and incentives to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use. Examples of company programs and services include:
  • Energy-efficiency rebates to make high-efficiency appliances (including lighting, air conditioning, and refrigeration) more affordable. 
  • Low-interest loans for financing the purchase of high-efficiency equipment. 
  • Online energy audits to analyze a home's energy use and offer recommended adjustments. 
  • Home construction programs to encourage builders to use energy-saving designs and specify high-efficiency appliances and equipment in new homes. 
  • Demand response programs to encourage customers to reduce their electricity use during peak periods.

Help for Low-Income Customers

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) ​
Low-income customers are the most vulnerable to fluctuating energy prices, and often must choose between paying their energy bills or buying other necessities, such as food and medicine. LIHEAP is a federal program that delivers critical short-term aid to our nation's most vulnerable citizens, including seniors on fixed incomes and the desperately poor. Increased funding for LIHEAP is the most immediate way to guarantee those in need will have energy assistance. ​​​The electric power industry’s record on energy efficiency demonstrates its commitment to—and expertise in—helping all of its customers use energy more wisely. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electric company energy efficiency programs saved 124.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012—or enough to power nearly 11.5 million average U.S. homes for one year.​ ​​​​​