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April 19, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Helps Customers Reduce Energy Use, Conserve Resources 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation reminds customers this Earth Day to conserve natural resources by managing their energy use, investigating the energy company’s many energy efficiency programs and taking advantage of the energy-saving products and services by registering with Central Hudson’s CenHub online portal.

“Energy efficiency protects the environment and reduces energy bills,” said Michael L. Mosher, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. “Thousands of our residential, business and municipal customers have taken advantage of our programs and as a result are reducing their carbon footprint and their energy expenses. Investing in energy efficiency pays for itself, and our programs allow customers to start saving right away,” he said.  

Central Hudson will launch a Carbon Reduction Sweepstakes beginning on Earth Day, April 22 through Labor Day, to encourage customers to use energy more efficiently and reduce their carbon footprint. Customers may enter to win a free energy audit and energy-saving home improvements, and all entrants will be provided valuable information on how they can become energy-wise, for example by engaging with the CenHub online portal.

“CenHub is a web-based energy services platform that offers our customers a way to manage their accounts, view and compare information about their energy use, access personalized energy efficiency measures for their households, purchase discounted energy-saving products, and earn rewards for energy savings,” said Mosher. He explained that CenHub and all of its features are available to customers enrolled in the utility’s free My Account service, accessible online and by mobile device through Central Hudson’s website, using their current user ID and password. Customers who have not already enrolled may do so by clicking on “Create Account” at www.CentralHudson.com in the CenHub Login/Create Account box.

Local residents can also 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 natural gas 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; $250 on indirect natural gas water heaters; 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 2017, customer participation in Central Hudson’s energy efficiency programs increased by nearly six times above that of prior years; as a result, customers saved an annualized 55 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, or, approximately $6.8 million in energy costs last year alone.

“We have helped our customers save energy year after year,” said Mosher, noting that since 2009, customers have turned in and recycled nearly 23,000 refrigerators, freezers and window/wall air conditioners; installed more than 5,900 high efficiency central air conditioning and heat pump systems; purchased nearly 950 heat pump water heaters; replaced more than 3,700 gas heating and water heating systems; installed 2,500 programmable thermostats; and upgraded lighting at more than 5,300 municipal and commercial buildings.

“The energy conserved by these measures saves participating customers about $37 million each year, reduces energy demands by enough to power more than 23,000 homes and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 51,000 cars from the road or planting nearly 220,000 acres of forest,” said Mosher.

These energy-efficiency programs offered by Central Hudson are just one example of the energy company’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Other initiatives include: 

    • Home energy audits offered by Sealed’s HomeAdvance program. Homeowners are provided with a personalized home improvement plan; the energy efficiency improvements are optional, and are repaid by the savings on utility bills each month. For more information, visit https://sealed.com/centralhudson
    • Time-of-Use is an optional billing program for residential customers to encourage the use of electricity, for example larger appliances, during periods of lower demand. Electricity prices under the Time-of-Use program is determined by the time of day, offering lower prices during periods of low overall electric demand (off-peak hours) and higher prices during periods of higher electric demand (on-peak hours). This program is newly revised in order to better align off-peak and on-peak hours with the overall demand for electricity. Visit www.CentralHudson.com/timeofusebilling/toupeakandoffpeak for more information.
  • Residential customers can pair the Time of Use program with Insights + for a reduced monthly fee. Insights + provides online monthly, daily and even hourly electric use through a special electric meter. Insights + offers participating customers useful information that shows when they use energy the most, and even how much energy is used when they are not home. To enroll and for more on Insights +, go to www.CenHubStore.com/pages/Insights-FAQ/.
  • 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 7,800 homes, businesses and municipalities within Central Hudson’s service area had installed grid-connected solar electric systems, representing more than 75 megawatts of installed capacity and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by about 3,500 tons per year.
  • During 2017, Central Hudson recycled nearly 440 tons of metal, paper and cardboard, automotive items, lamps, batteries, electronics, tires and other materials, plus more than 2,100 pieces of electrical equipment, preventing these items from entering landfills. Supplementing Central Hudson’s recycling efforts are clients of Ulster-Greene ARC, who work on site to sort and refurbish salvageable parts through the Resource Recovery Program, first established more than 30 years ago.
  • 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. 

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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Central Hudson takes steps to help protect the environment, and offers programs to help its customers manage their energy use.