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April 20, 2017
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Central Hudson Extends Earth Day Specials to Promote Energy Efficiency
Annual Observance Just One Highlight of Energy Company’s Many Environmental Priorities

This Earth Day, Hudson Valley residents are reminded to conserve natural resources by taking steps to manage their energy use and to investigate myriad energy efficiency programs offered by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation.

In celebration of Earth Day, customers are being offered special pricing on select LED lamps, thermostats and other energy-saving devices on the CenHub online store. To learn more about these offers and the environmental benefits resulting from customers’ energy saving measures during the year, visit www.CentralHudson.com/EnergyEfficiency/Earthday.

“Energy efficiency not only protects the environment, but also reduces energy bills,” explained Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. “Thousands of our residential, business and municipal customers have already taken advantage of our programs as a way to reduce both their carbon footprint and their energy expenses. Investing in energy efficiency pays for itself, and our programs allow customers to start saving right away.”    

Local residents can take advantage of a variety of options by visiting www.CentralHudson.com and clicking on Efficiency, then Which Choice is Right for You? For example, customers can save through both special point-of-sale discounts for LED lighting products purchased at local home centers and online purchases through CenHub, Central Hudson’s web-based energy services platform.

Other examples of Central Hudson’s current energy efficiency programs include:

  • Rebates of up to $2,000 on commercial heating systems and additional incentives for commercial refrigeration and custom measures;
  • Personalized information on energy use and customized energy-saving measures through CenHub
  • Rebates of $200 to $700 on high-efficiency home heating and cooling systems; $125 to $250 on additional heating efficiency equipment; $75 for Wi-Fi controllable thermostats; and $450 in incentives for the purchase of high-efficiency heat pump water heaters;
  • Payments of $50 for recycling older working refrigerators and freezers;
  • Subsidized LED lighting upgrades for commercial, municipal, educational, not-for-profit and institutional buildings; and
  • Peak Perks, a partnership program with select customers in specified locations to reduce energy use during critical summer periods in order to alleviate strain on the electric grid, allowing Central Hudson to avoid or postpone costly system upgrades.

 

During 2016, customer participation in Central Hudson’s energy efficiency programs increased by nearly 10 times above that of prior years; as a result, customers saved an annualized 55 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, or, approximately $7 million in energy costs last year alone.

“We have a strong tradition of helping our customers save energy,” said Mosher, noting that since 2009, customers have turned in and recycled more than 21,300 refrigerators, freezers and window/wall air conditioners; installed 4,600 high efficiency central air conditioning and heat pump systems; purchased 850 heat pump water heaters; replaced more than 2,800 gas heating and water heating systems; installed 3,300 programmable thermostats; and upgraded lighting at nearly 4,800 municipal and commercial buildings.

The energy conserved by these measures saved customers about $30 million per year, and saved enough energy to power nearly 22,000 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 44,000 cars from the road or planting 198,000 acres of forest. “Best of all? These energy savings and benefits continue year after year,” said Mosher.

Energy-efficiency programs offered to customers are just one facet of a far-reaching, long-time commitment to environmental stewardship by Central Hudson. As examples:

  • Central Hudson’s net metering program for customer-installed solar and wind electric generating systems is one of the most successful in New York. As of March 2017, nearly 7,000 homes, businesses and municipalities within Central Hudson’s service area had installed grid-connected solar electric systems, representing more than 64 megawatts of installed capacity and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by about 35,000 tons per year.
  • Central Hudson’s Resource Recovery Program, which was established more than 20 years ago to recycle and reuse materials, recycled more than 750 tons of wire and cable, wood, paper, batteries, metals, glass, lamps, automotive items and other materials last year.  Salvageable parts are sorted and refurbished by clients of the Ulster-Greene ARC, offering local residents with developmental disabilities the opportunity to provide a valuable and necessary service.
  • Central Hudson retreads and recycles tires used by its fleet of vehicles, extending the useful life of the tires and reducing wastes sent to landfills.
  • Central Hudson operates three hydroelectric facilities in Ulster County, which together have a combined generating capacity of 23 megawatts of renewable energy, providing two percent of the region’s energy needs, reducing energy costs and avoiding greenhouse gas emissions by about 36,000 tons annually.
  • Central Hudson promotes adoption of LED lighting technology by offering upgraded streetlights to municipalities and free LED bulbs for eligible families distributed by local United Way agencies.

 

Central Hudson also encourages customers to enroll in its free, convenient, secure and paperless electronic billing program, eBills. Electronic billing reduces paper use and postage expense, as well as avoiding the environmental impacts associated with mail transportation, printing and ink. If all Central Hudson customers enrolled in eBill, expenses associated with bill processing and mailing would be reduced by nearly $1 million, with these savings ultimately passed back to customers. Customers may also want to consider using Central Hudson’s Pay by Text feature by enrolling in Text Alerts (www.CentralHudson.com/alerts), or participating in the Direct Debit program to have their payment conveniently and automatically deducted from their checking account (www.CentralHudson.com/directpay).

To read more about Central Hudson’s measures to protect the environment, support local communities and promote corporate citizenship, check out its online Sustainability Report, available at www.CentralHudson.com/environment and click on “Sustainability Report.”

To learn more about Central Hudson’s energy efficiency programs, tips on saving energy and more, log onto www.SavingsCentral.com, or visit www.CentralHudson.com; and for more on Central Hudson’s environmental initiatives, click on “Environment.”

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Above: Central Hudson offers rebates and incentives for the installation of high efficiency cooling and heating systems, including heat pumps, air conditioners and natural gas heating systems. Below: Central Hudson offers discounts on LED lamps purchased at local home centers and online through the CenHub store. Bottom: The energy saved by efficiency measures taken by Central Hudson customers in 2016 resulted in benefits to the environment.

 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 380,000 customers in portions of eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley; it delivers natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany. Its mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for its owner; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Visit www.CentralHudson.com for more information.

 

Central Hudson became the first American utility subsidiary of Canadian holding company Fortis Inc. in June 2013.   Fortis is a leader in the North American utility industry with assets of approximately $48 billion and 2016 revenue of $6.8 billion. Its regulated utility companies serve more than three million customers across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Visit www.Fortisinc.com for additional information.