In the US, our energy efficiency programmes are making a real difference in helping our customers reduce their energy use. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) scored all three states in which we operate among the top 10 for energy efficiency.
Due to reporting requirements, our US energy efficiency data is on a calendar year basis and it is generally not available until October the year after. So the data shown here is for the year ending December 2015.
National Grid offers many electricity and natural gas energy-efficiency programmes for residential and business customers. For residential customers, the programmes offer various incentives and assistance to make homes more energy efficient through lighting, appliances, high efficiency heating equipment and water heaters, boiler controls, and insulating and sealing measures. For business customers, the Company’s electricity and natural gas energy efficiency programmes can help improve efficiency at existing or new facilities by lowering operations and maintenance costs through efficient lighting and controls, heating systems, HVAC, windows and insulation instalments, and by participating in other industry-specific efficiency installations and programmes.
During the 2015 calendar year there were more than 880,000 participants in National Grid’s gas energy-efficiency programmes which is an increase of 18% from 2014. In 2015 there were also nearly 2.8 million participants in the Company’s electric energy-efficiency programmes which is a 10% increase on the previous year. Combined, this resulted in over 3.6 million participants in the gas and electric programmes.
Through participation in these programmes during 2015, customers saved over 32 million annual therms of gas and more than 1.2 million annual megawatt-hours of electricity savings.
More information on our US energy efficiency programmes can be found via the energy service and regions links on our US website.