SocalGas announces $56.1 million in 2018 efficiency savings


US utility SocalGas has saved consumers save $56.1 million through energy efficiency programmes deployed in 2018.

The energy efficiency savings are equivalent to reducing carbon emissions through the removal of more than 57,000 cars from the road for a year.

Dan Rendler, director of customer programmes at SoCalGas, said: “SoCalGas prides itself on providing affordable energy. By giving our customers the programmes and tools they need to purchase high efficiency gas appliances and make their existing gas appliances more efficient, customers can both lower their bills and curb carbon emissions.”

SoCalGas provides its customers with rebates to purchase energy efficient home appliances including smart thermostats, natural gas dryers and water heaters.

Via the the utility’s online Marketplace, consumers can find and compare energy efficient products.

The energy efficiency programmes are part of the utility’s efforts to improve customer services to its 21.8 million customers through the development and adoption of new technologies and business models.

Between 2013 and 2017, SoCalGas has delivered more than avoided the emission of 820,000 metric tons and achieved 154 million therms in energy savings, enough to power 309,000 households a year and equivalent of removing nearly 175,000 cars from the road.

These advances have also helped save SoCalGas customers more than $164 million in utility bill costs.

The energy provider has plans to replace 20% of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas by 2030. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernise its natural gas system to enhance safety and reliability.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.