July 2, 2014 |
Peco Energy Co. recently increased rebate amounts for some high-efficiency electric appliances and heating- and air-conditioning equipment as part of its state mandate to promote energy conservation. Rebates were increased for Energy Star refrigerators, room air-conditioners, some heat pumps, furnace fans and pool pumps. Rebates are also available for customers who switch furnaces, water heaters and clothes dryers from electric to gas. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved the changes earlier this year.
June 25, 2013 |
Students and staff at the Cook-Wissahickon School in Philadelphia have found a way to help fix the district's budget problems, starting with their own behavior. The school cut its energy consumption by at least 5 percent through the initiatives of sixth and seventh graders, allowing the district to use the saving for other expenses. They did so through simple steps - shutting down computers when not in use, reducing the brightness on screens, cutting down on copy machine use, or just turning out lights when they leave a classroom.
December 17, 2012 |
After rewarding 80,000 customers who surrendered control of their air conditioners on the hottest summer days, Peco Energy Co. will likely suspend the program next year because the state is no longer requiring utilities to curtail peak demand. Peco said it would shelve its heavily promoted Smart A/C program in response to a recent Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission decision that discontinued financial support for programs that reduce energy use during high-demand periods. Peco's program pays customers $120 a year for allowing their air conditioners to be cycled off, but the PUC's Dec. 5 directive provides Peco with no guarantees that it can pay for the program's costs by boosting rates, which it has for the last three years.
December 6, 2012 |
University of Pennsylvania trustees decided earlier this year that Penn's debt load and U.S. interest rates had fallen far enough to make it worthwhile to borrow $300 million through taxable 100-year bonds - and sell them to eager investors at a cheap interest rate just below 4.7 percent, a bit less than MIT and Caltech had to pay on similar recent "century bonds. " What's the attraction? You stretch the payments out, and you don't have to worry about refinancing until everyone who approved the deal is dead.
September 23, 2012
Faced with the relentless growing demand for electricity to power Pennsylvania homes and businesses, Harrisburg regulators had an easy decision to make when they added three years to the life of a successful energy-conservation mandate for utilities. The conservation initiatives provided under the state's Act 129 program, enacted in 2008, saved customers an estimated $278 million a year. The program promoting energy-efficient lighting, appliances, and heating and air-conditioning systems was funded through surcharges on electric bills.
October 29, 2011 |
Peco Energy Co. - and the Eagles! - are touting energy conservation. That's the idea behind the utility's latest promotion, which kicks off Saturday in South Philadelphia, though not at the Linc. Instead, courtesy of Peco, fans will be able to visit with one of today's favorite Eagles, tight end Brent Celek; two stars from yesteryear, Troy Vincent and Mike Quick; and the voice of the Eagles, Merrill Reese, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Home Depot store, 1651 S. Columbus Blvd.
October 27, 2011 |
You may, perhaps, spot a garishly decorated Ford Escape cruising down your block in the coming months with a camera mounted on its roof. Yes, that SUV is snapping an image of your house. Mark Group, a home-weatherization firm, is launching a mobile thermal-imaging effort Thursday to identify buildings in the region that leak the most energy. The company calls its high-tech vehicle the HeatSeeker. One might think this is a gimmick to generate business for Mark Group, a British home-insulation giant that last year established its American beachhead at Philadelphia's Navy Yard.
July 16, 2011 |
Philadelphia Gas Works is ramping up promotion of its EnergySense program, a $54 million five-year plan to encourage energy conservation. The city's utility is offering to weatherize eligible homes of some of its 84,000 low-income customers. It is also offering rebates of up to $1,000 for high-efficiency heating equipment for all residential customers. In September, the utility will be offering assistance for commercial and industrial retrofits. In the following years, it will offer incentives for commercial and industrial equipment, high-efficiency construction, and residential retrofits.
September 26, 2010 |
Of all the places to plant a crop of solar panels, proponents suggest that few are better than the roof of a school. Consider its primary physical attribute: all that, often, flat surface - assuming, of course, it is not shaded by a dense tree canopy. And the economic appeal: There's the drop in energy costs that going solar provides, and the opportunity for school districts to make money by selling the power harnessed from the summer sun that's not needed when classrooms are empty and the lights are off. Working off that premise, New Jersey legislators are pushing a bill that would prohibit the commissioner of education from approving construction of any new school unless plans include solar panels.