As many people are opting to vacation at home rather than travel this year, many are sprucing up their homes’ outdoor spaces to give them a vacation-like oasis to relax in. PSEG Long Island is offering rebates of up to $650 on equipment to make customers’ backyard staycations more enjoyable this summer.
Energy-efficient pool heaters and pumps, lawnmowers, and lawn equipment can save customers money on their electric bills while reducing their carbon footprint.
If you need a new pump and heater for your pool, now is the time to get one—rebates of up to $650 for the most energy-efficient models will make a splash in your wallet while helping the environment. A pool pump can be a home’s second-largest energy user. However, an ENERGY STAR®-certified model uses up to 65% less energy. The addition of an energy-efficient heat pump pool heater will maximize the savings, which run between $150-650 in savings depending which model is chosen.
The company is also offering rebates of $25 to $50 on ENERGY STAR-certified lawn equipment. Purchasing a chargeable lawnmower, blower, or trimmer can cut a homeowner’s spending. In addition, electric tools are not as messy or noisy as traditional gas equipment, and they require less maintenance.
PSEG Long Island’s commitment to helping lower customers’ energy usage through energy-efficient products and its home performance programs has earned the company the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
Each year, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the ENERGY STAR program, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognize ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR.
“Last year, PSEG Long Island promoted ENERGY STAR-certified products through rebates and its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) programs,” said Michael Voltz, PSEG Long Island director of Energy Efficiency. “By endorsing certified lighting, dehumidifiers, clothes washers and dryers, variable speed pool pumps, and other products, we have been able to reap about 150,000 mega-watt hours (MWh) in energy savings for our customers. This has made a significant impact in reducing overall electric demand on Long Island and in the Rockaways.”
“I salute the 2020 ENERGY STAR award winners,” said Anne Idsal, EPA principal deputy assistant administrator for air and radiation. “These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.”
Independent annual evaluations by Opinion Dynamics Corporation have found PSEG Long Island’s energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs generate energy savings that are cost-effective. In its evaluation for 2019, Opinion Dynamics found that the PSEG Long Island Energy Efficiency Program generated $2 in benefits to the utility and its customers for every $1 in costs to operate the program, including rebates. To learn more about PSEG Long Island’s energy-efficiency programs, please visit PSEGLINY.com/efficiency.
PSEG LI Helps Businesses With Incentives for Outdoor Spaces
PSEG Long Island announced a new Main Street Revitalization grant to continue helping small businesses adjust to new public health requirements as commercial districts reopen for business. The program will offer funding of up to $5,000 to a Chamber of Commerce or Business Improvement District.
The grant, which will reimburse these groups after the purchases are made, is to be used for, but not limited to, outdoor seating, outdoor tables, outdoor lighting, durable safety materials, and signage.
PSEG Long Island’s Main Street Revitalization grants support projects that will stimulate economic activity in downtown business districts on Long Island and in the Rockaways. This latest iteration of the program supports the enhancement of outdoor spaces where local businesses can provide outdoor dining and commerce with proper physical distancing.
“We created the Main Street Revitalization Program because we know that small businesses are the backbone of Long Island’s economy. If they thrive, we all thrive,” said John Keating, manager of economic development for PSEG Long Island. “The pandemic has affected businesses in many ways, and the intent of this new program is to help them succeed as our communities reopen for business.”
PSEG Long Island is committed to supporting the local economy. Its Main Street Revitalization Program supports projects in business districts that will foster economic viability, vibrancy, and support of local businesses and increase economic growth and business in downtown areas that will be supported by a local chamber of commerce or business improvement district.
In addition, PSEG Long Island launched Small Business First. This program offers a no-cost or minimal-cost incentive to help small business owners upgrade to more efficient lighting and lower operating costs moving forward. Customers are eligible for rebates averaging approximately $2,500 per customer efficiency upgrade, under the program.
Program funds are limited. Learn more about the program and how to apply at PSEGLINY.com/inthecommunity/revitalization.