Energize Delaware program aims to cut energy use, save money

The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility, created by the General Assembly in 2007 as a non-profit designed to “foster a sustainable energy future for the state,” has recently launched its “Energize Delaware” program. The program, now in its second month, is a one-stop resource aimed to help Delawareans save money by cutting energy waste and using clean energy sources, such as solar, wind and geothermal.

Energize Delaware has goals to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015, cut CO2 emissions by 33 percent by 2020 and create thousands of new jobs.

“The idea is the SEU is a one-stop-shop resource for business and residents of Delaware that need information,” explained Ralph Niger of Applied Energy Group, the contract administrator speaking on behalf of SEU.

Since implementing the Energy Star appliance rebates program last month, the SEU has reported that nearly 500 updated appliances are now in place in the state, with a projected savings of more than 55,000 kWh and more than $8,000 per year. The program provides rebates ranging from $25 to $100 for Energy Star-qualified refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dehumidifiers.

Delawareans can go to any appliance store in the state to find the qualified Energy Star appliances. To participate, the customer just needs to download the rebate form at www.energizedelaware.org, fill it out with the qualified model number, attach the purchase receipt and mail it in.

Other programs to be launched throughout the fall of 2009 include a commercial/industrial lighting rebates campaign for businesses, renewable energy grants, a sustainable communities initiative to combine energy efficiency and renewable energy and, for 2010, a comprehensive home performance initiative.

State Sen. Harris McDowell, whose legislation created the SEU, spoke at last month’s upstate Green Drinks, a monthly get together for people interested in the environment as a whole.

“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,” he said.

To learn more about Delaware’s Sustainable Energy Utility, Energize Delaware and the Energize Delaware Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program, call (877) 624-4448 or visit www.energizedelaware.org to download a rebate form for the appliances rebate program.