For the second year in a row, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is a recipient of the ENERGY STAR partner of the Year award. Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selects organizations, from its more than 17,000 program partners, to be recognized for their leadership, accomplishments and commitment to energy efficiency.
Energy Efficiency Pays
LIPA was recognized for its Home Performance Direct program, which targets high energy using customers who have central air conditioning systems or electric heating systems. Customers are eligible for a free Comprehensive Home Assessment to determine what improvements would be the most cost effective, and if they decide to implement recommendations they can receive up to $3,000 in rebates. Energy efficiency improvements that are included in the program are: insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, domestic water demand reduction measures, and installation or upgrades of ventilation systems.
Improving the energy efficiency of our homes and commercial buildings is the best and most cost-effective way to cut energy costs and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, said Gordian Raacke, Executive Director of the not-for-profit organization Renewable Energy Long Island. We congratulate LIPA to its successful ENERGY STAR program and getting the award for the second year in a row.
Giving Back to the Community
In 2010, LIPA identified homeowners most in need of energy efficiency work and delivered comprehensive services at no cost to over 1,500 customers through its Home Performance Direct pilot program. Due to generous LIPA rebates, 930 Long Island homeowners also completed projects under the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. The combination of these completed projects resulted in 1.64 MWs of energy savings, enough energy to power over 300 homes for a year.
LIPA is a nonprofit public power utility delivering electricity to nearly 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, New York.