You should probably check with your local natural gas utility to see what they offer in the lines of energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency programs provide incentives and services that assist customers in making improvements and investments in home energy efficiency to reduce energy costs. These programs offered by utilities aren’t new, some have been in place for more than 30 years, but they have risen quite a bit in recent years.
According to a new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), “Nationwide the budgets for these programs reached $942 million in 2010, saving 529 million therms-enough natural gas to take care of the needs of 695,000 average American homes. These programs have experienced rapid growth. In 2005 total budgets were $125 million nationwide.”
The report is jam-packed with information. It examines the structure, origins, funding, and impacts of natural gas efficiency programs for the forty-one states where they are in place. For instance, if you live in California, it includes information on the programs offered by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SCG), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDGE).
The entire report is downloadable for free on the ACEEE website.