National Grid’s Energy Action Committee Seeing Great Public Response

New England’s energy provider National Grid launched the Energy Action: Aquidneck and Jamestown Community initiative last August as a special campaign to help the region save money and energy on gas and electric bills through increasing energy efficiency adoption.

Inspired by local environmental activists, program manager Ellen Pfeiffer and nine other employees have brought this initiative from the ground up with soaring success over the past year. Residences, businesses, and town offices have all joined the movement for energy efficiency. In this the first year, the participants have saved almost $600,000 and over 2,000 tons of carbon.  This is equivalent to 253 cars off the road.

“Our goal for this past year was 860 residential participants,” Pfeiffer says. “We have gotten over 1,100 with all four towns involved.  Town buildings are upgrading and many businesses are participating. And the savings continue to keep coming off your bill, now and in the future. The $600,000 that folks are saving this year will be about $6 million over the lifetime of the installed energy efficiency measures – that’s a huge economic development tool!””

There are a number of programs and incentives National Grid offers including GreenUp, a commitment to choosing to have all or part of your electricity generated from renewable sources, and the second refrigerator recycling turn in program.

“Typically, an inefficient refrigerator wastes about $150 in unnecessary energy bills each year, and is also expensive to get rid of,” Pfeiffer says. “Now, National Grid will come pick up your old refrigerator at your convenience, recycle it for you, and give you a $50 rebate for your efforts.”

Energy Action will also soon be working in conjunction with the Newport Preservation Society and the historic mansions, including the Breakers, Pfeiffer says.

National Grid and the Energy Action committee initiative are co-sponsoring and will be an exhibitor at the Energy Independence Day event Sunday, July 11, from 1-4 p.m. at 55 John Clark Rd in Middletown under the wind turbine.  For more information, please visit www.energyindependencedayri.org.  For more information on National Grid and Energy Action, please visit www.powerofaction.com/aquidjames.

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