Home Energy Assessments now available for BIPCo customers

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 4:30pm
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The following was submitted by Block Island Utility District President Jeffery Wright:

Energy New England (ENE) has announced that it is offering home energy assessments to both residential and small business customers of Block Island Utility District (BIUD). The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER) has committed $180,000 from Renewable Greenhouse Gas Initiative proceeds to support the initial development and growth of the efficiency program, according to ENE.

The program is scheduled to launch on Sunday, Nov. 1. In addition to residential and commercial energy audits, BIUD will also be offering rebates and incentives to both residential and commercial customers. Information about incentives and rebates are available on the BIUD website, https://blockislandpowercompany.com/.

“The Block Island Utility District is extremely pleased to finally offer an efficiency plan to its customer/members,” stated Utility District President Jeffery Wight. “We have worked hard with help from the RI Office of Energy Resources to develop and fund this program with no impact to overall rates and we encourage everyone to participate so that they can take better control of their overall energy bills.”

“Energy efficiency is foundational to our clean energy future and economy; these cost-effective investments help local homes and businesses manage their energy use and lower utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support growth in the green economy,” said State Energy Commissioner Nicholas Ucci. “Today’s announcement builds on a multi-year collaboration between OER and BIUD to expand energy efficiency programs and incentives across New Shoreham. We look forward to supporting BIUD and the Town in providing clean, affordable, and reliable energy solutions to this important community.”

Customers will have the option of an in-home assessment or a remote assessment done virtually using video technology. For in-home assessments, the amount of time the auditor spends inside the home will be shortened. ENE will follow up with customers directly over the phone to review the report and recommendations and prioritize a short and long-term savings plan.

Customers who complete assessments will receive energy saving items such as LED bulbs, smart power strips, and water saving devices that are installed at the time of the assessment. For those customers who choose to have a remote video assessment, energy saving kits will be delivered at a later time.

Customers can schedule an appointment by calling (888) 772-4242 or going the ENE energy efficiency website, www.ee.ene.org.