Penni McLean-Conner
Vice President
Customer Care
NSTAR
 
Westwood, MA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 4, 2009 – NSTAR has recently added an online home energy audit in English and Spanish to its menu of online energy efficiency tools.

Part of the new HomeEnergySuite™ from online solution provider Apogee Interactive, the HomeEnergyCalculatorTM – or "Home Analyzer" as it has been styled by NSTAR – has been customized for regional weather zones, rates and home building standards. With a few keystrokes of information from customers, the online tool instantly analyzes a home’s energy use, calculates the home’s carbon footprint and recommends key energy saving steps.

"The desire to live a ‘green’ lifestyle has moved well beyond a casual interest into serious mainstream thinking," said Penni McLean-Conner, NSTAR’s vice president of customer care. "We want customers to know not only how to save energy and money in their homes, but also the positive environmental benefit of reducing their carbon footprint."

The Home Analyzer also calculates and presents a benchmark score to let NSTAR customers know how their home stacks up to the nation’s ENERGY STAR® home standards for energy efficiency. This score, called an ENERGY STAR Home Energy Yardstick, taps into the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR database for national comparisons.

"Making a home more energy efficient is the consummate example of how individuals can ‘act locally’ to help our nation achieve its goal of improving overall energy performance," added Susan Gilbert, president and chief executive officer of Apogee Interactive.

With the HomeEnergySuite, customers can tour an interactive house for room-by-room energy saving advice and use a set of detailed calculators to see exactly how much energy is being consumed by their televisions and computers, appliances, lighting and other electrical equipment such as programmable thermostats for heating and cooling.

In addition, students and teachers will find a wealth of fun and educational materials about energy in the Kids Korner and Energy Library sections of the suite.

NSTAR is the largest Massachusetts-based, investor-owned electric and gas utility, transmitting and delivering electric and natural gas to 1.4 million customers in Eastern and Central Massachusetts.