Dominion Launches New Energy Conservation Programs

<p>Dominion makes money based on the amount of electricity it sells its customers, but, the hitch is, there’s only so much power on the grid to go around.</p>
<p>That’s why the utility company has launched four new energy conservation programs to teach homeowners how to cut back electricity usage and save money in the long run, explained Le-Ha Anderson, a spokeswoman for Dominion.</p>
<p>And, as it turns out, autumn is the “perfect time” to audit your home’s energy appetite, Anderson said.</p>
<p>The new programs include:</p>
<p><strong><a href=””>Home Energy Check-Up</a></strong></p>
<ul><li>Homeowners can hire a participating contractor (selected from <a href=””>a list of contractors on Dominion’s website</a>) to conduct a home energy audit. </li>
<li>If the homeowner chooses to implement some or all of the recommendations outlined in the audit, a portion of the audit cost will be paid for by Dominion, up to $230. </li>
</ul><ul /><p><strong><a href=””>Duct Testing and Sealing Program</a></strong></p>
<ul><li>Homeowners can <a href=””>hire a participating contractor</a> to conduct duct testing and sealing throughout a home. </li>
<li>Dominion customers are eligible to receive a $150 check rebate for completing this program, after they file the appropriate paperwork. </li>
</ul><ul /><p><strong><a href=””>Heat Pump Tune-Up Program</a></strong></p>
<ul><li>If homeowners hire a participating contractor to tune up an exisiting heat pump, Dominion will offer a one-time rebate of $90. <strong><br /></strong></li>
</ul><ul /><p><strong><a href=””>Heat Pump Upgrade Program</a></strong></p>
<ul><li>If a homeowner’s heat pump needs to be completely replaced (as determined by a pre-qualified contractor), Dominion will contribute up to $250 toward the cost of that new pump, based on the pump’s efficiency. Some pump models are only qualified for a $200 rebate. </li>
</ul><p>These programs are open to all Dominion customers in single family dwellings in Virginia. Some townhomes are eligible, too. <a href=””>Visit the Dominion website</a> for more details about the conservation programs.</p>
<p>Meanwhile, <em>The New York Times</em> reports that data centers in the region are wasting a lot of energy: “Data centers in Northern Virginia now consume almost 500 million watts of electricity,” said Jim Norvelle, a spokesman for Dominion Virginia Power. “Dominion estimates that the load could rise to more than a billion watts over the next five years.”</p>
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