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April 22, 1986 | By Richard Burke, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 600 homes of low-income families and as many as 25 public housing projects in New Jersey will receive free weatherization each year under an expanded energy-conservation program offered by Public Service Electric & Gas Co. The utility, the largest in the state, also will offer 250 low-interest loans each year to owners of multi-family housing units for installation of conservation aids, as well as discounts to business customers who take...
REAL_ESTATE
May 31, 1992 | By Kenneth R. Harney, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
One of the nation's largest sources of mortgage money is preparing a hot summer offer for lenders, consumers and home builders across the country: Lower the energy bills on the houses you finance, buy, fix up or build, and we'll give you cold cash. Show us your monthly savings on electricity, gas or other energy consumption, and we'll cut you a more generous mortgage deal when you apply. We'll stretch your buying power, qualify you for a bigger loan, and help push energy conservation to boot.
NEWS
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.
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July 3, 1991 | By Robert A. Rankin, Inquirer Washington Bureau
When it comes to meeting electricity demands for the 1990s, some of the nation's utilities are betting on energy conservation. They are putting big bucks where environmentalists' mouths have been for years - and proving them right. The trend is saving utility customers money, cleaning the air, cutting U.S. dependence on foreign oil and, not coincidentally, boosting utility profits. The nation's biggest power company, Pacific Gas & Electric, is a leader in this movement.
NEWS
December 23, 1990
Ever since President Bush gave short shrift to energy conservation at a Q. and A. during his fishing trip to Kennebunkport last summer, we've been waiting for him to wise up and give that issue serious attention. The crisis in the Persian Gulf, we figured, provided a perfect opportunity: Americans might not be great planners, but they sure do respond to crisis. And Iraq had served up a genuine, four-star crisis. We know. George Bush is an old oil man himself. Leans toward production, not conservation.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
March 22, 1987 | By Dan Stets, Inquirer Staff Writer
Betty and William Staats are hitting the road. They sold their house on Murray Avenue in Bensalem and bought a new, 35- foot home on wheels. The 65-year-old manufacturing consultant is retiring, and he and his wife plan to drive to Florida and California and back before winter. During the oil crisis of the 1970s, Staats says, he would have paused at embarking on a nomadic way of life. "At that time they led you to believe that we were running out of oil in five years or so," said Staats.
NEWS
January 30, 2007
DID anyone besides me see the irony in the president's visit to DuPont last week? He traveled from D.C. to Wilmington, barely 100 miles. A motorcade could have made the trip in maybe 90 minutes and only cost the taxpayers 150 to 200 gallons of gas. But he flew Air Force One. The irony: He went there to talk about energy conservation! Bob Johnson Warminster
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August 31, 1995 | By James M. O'Neill, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Public Service Electric & Gas Co., the state's largest energy company, announced yesterday that it will buck the national trend by keeping intact the amount it spends on projects promoting energy conservation. The announcement came just days after another New Jersey utility - Jersey Central Power & Light - drew scorn from environmental groups for seeking to shrink its energy-conservation programs. The move by the PSE&G "is a victory for customers and the environment," said Curtis Fisher, program director of the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group - the same group that had chastised Jersey Central Power and Light.
NEWS
July 13, 2010
A $441,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to the Pennsylvania Treasury will be used to help expand the state's energy-efficient investments. One-half of the grant will be used to recapitalize the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP), which provides low-interest loans to homeowners for energy-conservation improvements, Treasurer Rob McCord said. The other half of the Rockefeller grant will support the creation of financing packages for Pennsylvania colleges and universities to improve their energy efficiency.
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July 2, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 25, 2013 | By Melissa Chea-Annan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2010 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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