Many apartments for income qualified individuals have older appliances and lighting fixtures that use more energy and cost more to operate than today's more efficient models.
Wilkes-Barre, PA (PRWEB) June 03, 2013
More than 8,000 income qualified residents could receive energy efficiency upgrades, thanks to a new program from PPL Electric Utilities, administered by SmartWatt Energy, in coordination with multifamily building owners.
The program is designed to help qualifying building owners make affordable investments in new, energy-efficient appliances and lighting that will help them lower their electricity costs. Qualified properties are nonprofit, income qualified, master-metered facilities in eastern and central Pennsylvania that are served by PPL Electric Utilities.
“Many apartments for income qualified individuals have older appliances and lighting fixtures that use more energy and cost more to operate than today’s more efficient models,” said Tom Stathos, director of Customer Programs & Services for PPL Electric Utilities. “Energy efficiency upgrades can improve tenant comfort while reducing maintenance costs for building owners,” he said.
Scheduled to launch June 1, the Master-Metered Apartment Program will offer a free energy analysis, some energy efficiency measures that are installed at no cost in the tenant apartments, rebates for various upgrades to common areas and residential units, and interest-free financing. About 100 properties across the PPL Electric Utilities service territory are expected to qualify for the program. SmartWatt Energy’s office in Moosic, Pa., will coordinate the program’s implementation and contact qualified property owners to assist in their participation. Details on this, and other energy efficiency programs, will be available on the PPL Electric Utilities website (pplelectric.com) after June 1.
“PPL Electric Utilities’ Master-Metered Apartment Program includes a wide selection of energy efficiency measures for low-income housing owners, designed to make participation easy for customers,” said Matt Cinquanti, Vice President of Utility Programs at SmartWatt Energy. “Direct install energy efficiency programs like this allow building owners to make significant energy efficiency improvements with little capital investment and interest-free financing. We look forward to working with a customer service leader like PPL Electric Utilities to deliver this service.”
The program is being offered as part of PPL Electric Utilities’ Act 129 Energy Efficiency & Conservation plan approved earlier this year by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The plan is intended to help customers become more energy efficient and reduce their electricity bills.
ABOUT SMARTWATT ENERGY, INC.
SmartWatt Energy is a unique energy-efficiency firm. It provides turnkey solutions for utilities, commercial, industrial and institutional clients and also develops proprietary software that streamlines internal workflow processes and provides comprehensive program reporting. SmartWatt Energy’s three divisions use cutting-edge technologies, design and processes to take on and solve their client’s toughest sustainability challenges:
- The Commercial, Industrial and Institutional Division works with end-use clients throughout the United States to design and install multi-measure energy-efficiency projects. Clients look to SmartWatt Energy to provide large-scale savings through turnkey energy auditing, engineering, project management and installation services.
- The Utility Division contracts directly with utilities to manage their commercial energy efficiency programs. SmartWatt Energy’s vertically integrated program delivery platform ensures utility program success and customer satisfaction, because all elements of the utility program are handled by a talented, integrated, cross-functional team.
- The Software Development Division creates customized, proprietary software applications to increase efficiencies and provide added value to utilities and national accounts clients.
SmartWatt Energy has won an Inc. magazine “Hire Power” award and has been named the “5th Fastest Growing Private Engineering Company in the United States” on the magazine’s annual 5000 list. For more information, visit http://www.smartwattinc.com.
ABOUT PPL ELECTRIC UTILITIES
PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation that provides electricity delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania, consistently ranks among the best companies for customer service in the United States. More information is available at pplelectric.com.