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Small steps adding up: 500 updated appliances in state will save more than $8,000/year

Energize Delaware gains traction as one-stop resource to save money, create jobs and improve the environment

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(WILMINGTON, DE) – Just one month into its first incentive and education program, the SEU’s Energize Delaware reports that nearly 500 updated appliances are now in place in Delaware homes with a projected savings of more than 55,000 kWh and more than $8,000 per year. In honor of October Energy Awareness month, residents and businesses are encouraged to download a rebate form at EnergizeDelaware.org Web site and tour the site to learn about energy efficiency and renewable energy. If every household in Delaware had a 2009 ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator instead of a standard model, the lifetime savings in our state would be more than $49 million. The kilowatts saved would be enough to supply electricity to nearly two-thirds of homes in Delaware for a year.

Energize Delaware is an initiative of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU), an innovative nonprofit providing Delawareans a one-stop resource for low and no-cost steps to save thousands on energy bills, boost the economy and improve the environment through new clean energy sources. The Energize Delaware programs will focus on energy efficiencies and the use of renewable energy sources, like solar, wind and geothermal.

Sen. Harris McDowell, whose legislation created the SEU, will speak at a Green Drinks Friday tonight on the one-month anniversary of the SEU’s Energize Delaware program and October’s Energy Awareness month. “The appliance program is just a start. Once residents and businesses see the SEU’s full range of options to save money and improve the environment, they take more action and collectively become a major force for change,” said McDowell.

Green Drinks is a monthly networking opportunity for people interested in energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and other forms of green living. Friday’s event featuring remarks with Senator McDowell starts at 5:30 pm at The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DeHort.org).

McDowell, who recently ended a one-year term as Chair of the National Conference of State Legislature’s energy committee, said that per capita Delaware uses more energy than any of its neighboring states and pays more for its energy. “We have the opportunity to not only reverse this condition, but pioneer a much smarter way of doing business. Sustainable energy is the largest, cheapest, cleanest way to save money and create in-state jobs.”

The SEU has received national attention, noted as a innovative economic and environmental solution by the Vice President’s task force on ...
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