PSEG Long Island wins ENERGY STAR award from Environmental Protection Agency

Published on April 26, 2019 by Dave Kovaleski

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PSEG Long Island won the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for its efforts to lower customers’ energy usage and reduce their carbon footprint.

The ENERGY STAR program, administered by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), honors businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

“We are proud to partner with ENERGY STAR to deliver the best energy-efficiency options to our 1.1 million customers,” Michael Voltz, PSEG Long Island director of Energy Efficiency, said. “Since 2014, it has been our mission to reduce overall electric demand on Long Island and in the Rockaways, and we have made some real progress. Whether they buy a few LED bulbs or a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, our customers save money through our incentives, and then they save more every month on their bills. Better still, their efficiency means less electricity has to be generated, resulting in lower overall emissions.”

PSEG Long Island earned the award for several initiatives, including exceeding annual goals for its ENERGY STAR certified lighting and appliance programs by the third quarter of 2018. This is due to high customer participation in the ENERGY STAR lighting, dehumidifiers, clothes washers, room air purifiers, and pool pump categories. The company has also made efforts to educate underserved audiences about the benefits of ENERGY STAR certified products, establishing new program agreements with dollar stores to target low- to moderate-income customers.

Further, PSEG Long Island collaborated with Long Island Harvest and Long Island Cares to distribute more than 300,000 certified LEDs to local food banks. It also offered free home energy assessments to all customers to educate them on the benefits and potential savings available via the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

“I applaud the 2019 ENERGY STAR Award Winners,” Bill Wehrum, EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation, said. “Their innovation and leadership enhance America’s economic competitiveness. Reducing costly energy waste improves air quality and public health while protecting the environment.”