Reading, Pa., April 23, 2010 — FirstEnergy Corp.’s Metropolitan Edison Co., Pennsylvania Electric Co., and Pennsylvania Power Co. introduced several new programs to help customers save energy and money in their homes.
The programs are part of the companies’ plan to reduce customer energy usage and demand under Pennsylvania Act 129.
“By following a few simple steps, customers will be able to improve energy efficiency — and achieve energy savings — in their homes,” said Douglas S. Elliott, FirstEnergy president for Pennsylvania Operations. “These programs will make it easy for customers to save money on their electric bills by offering energy-saving tips and incentives to replace older, inefficient appliances.”
Home Energy Analyzer — Customers can visit the company’s website to access the new Home Energy Analyzer, an interactive tool that provides customized energy-efficiency tips and information based on an individual home’s age and characteristics, including insulation levels and the efficiency of existing space and water heating equipment and other appliances. Customers who complete the online energy audit will receive an energy conservation kit containing four compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), four faucet aerators, two smart power strips and two LED night lights.
Appliance Turn-In Program — Participating customers will receive rebates of $35 for turning in older, inefficient refrigerators and freezers. Customers who turn in an older refrigerator or freezer could save up to $150 a year on their electric bills. The companies’ vendor, JACO Environmental, will pick up and recycle older appliances at a new facility in Hatfield, Montgomery County. This facility, which is operated by JACO, is a collaborative effort between Pennsylvania’s electric utility companies and JACO.
Appliance Rebate Program — Residential customers can apply for rebates on Energy Star qualified clothes washers, refrigerator-freezers, chest freezers, room air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Rebates on eligible appliances range from $10 to $75.
The companies already have introduced programs designed to help commercial and industrial customers save energy and money. Additional programs for residential, commercial and industrial customers will be introduced soon.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its subsidiaries and affiliates are involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, as well as energy management and other energy-related services.