EPA honors AEP Ohio as Energy Star partner of the year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently presented AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP), a Partner of the Year Award for its Efficient Products program.

AEP Ohio offers a variety of energy efficiency programs and discounts to help residential customers save money and energy. The Efficient Products program includes energy efficient lighting discounts for CFL and LED light bulbs, and appliance rebates for Energy Star certified refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, high efficiency electric water heaters and heat pump water heaters.

Over the past 20 years, with help from Energy Star, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

The New Homes program, which is a partnership between two separate gas and electric utilities, was selected for its commitment to energy efficiency and building homes that meet or exceed the national Energy Star New Homes requirements while being up to 35 percent or more energy efficient than traditionally built new homes.

The partnership to jointly deliver their Energy Star New Homes program offers homebuyers in AEP Ohio's and Columbia Gas of Ohio's service territories a selection of new homes with greater energy savings and value built right in. The program also assists homebuilders in meeting or exceeding stricter energy codes.

2012 AEP Ohio Key New Homes Energy Efficiency Accomplishments:

·      Enrolled 77 builders and 21 raters, and provided incentives for more than 900 Energy Star certified homes, a 67 percent increase from 2011

·      Generated 2,600 MW in annual savings from Energy Star certified homes

·      Provided regular training opportunities to approximately 300 program participants, trade allies and stakeholders, including the innovative "Selling High Performance Homes" training

The Energy Star Partner of the Year Awards for Energy Efficiency Program Delivery are given to a variety of organizations in recognition of their efforts to improve energy efficiency and reduce pollution. Award winners are selected from the nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program.

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