The award reflects the company's comprehensive outreach, education, and marketing programs of energy-efficient ENERGY STAR certified products in an effort to help southern Californians save money, conserve energy, and transition to a net-zero emissions future.
LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) today announced the company was recently awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2023 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for demonstrating leadership in its energy efficiency programs that incorporate ENERGY STAR as a key strategy to help increase the adoption of energy efficiency products in homes, buildings, and facilities. SoCalGas' energy efficiency programs are the largest in the United States; over the last 5 years, SoCalGas energy efficiency programs delivered almost 240 million therms in energy savings, enough natural gas usage for more than 146,000 households a year and reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by over 1,260,000 metric tons, the equivalent of removing nearly 273,000 cars from the road annually. These advances have also helped save SoCalGas customers over $358 million in utility bill costs.
"As a national leader in energy efficiency programs we know that investments that save energy deliver value to our customers, help improve the environment, stimulate our economy, and help improve the quality of life in communities we serve," says Don Widjaja, vice president of customer solutions at SoCalGas. "Thanks to innovative programming, more than 90% of the ENERGY STAR smart thermostats purchased through our rebate program were able to be installed at no cost to disadvantaged community customers."
In the first 10 months of 2022, SoCalGas has helped customers save $13.5 million dollars though ENERGY STAR product rebates. The rebates have also allowed for almost 1,300,000 therms of conserved energy: the equivalent of eliminating GHG emissions from one year's worth of electricity in 1,245 homes, or over 778,000,000 smartphones charging. Through November 1st, 2022, the efforts of the SoCalGas residential rebate program resulted in over 15,500 ENERGY STAR smart thermostats and over 14,500 natural gas dryer purchases. ENERGY STAR natural gas tankless water heaters also saw over 16,700 rebate redemptions.
"As we accelerate historic efforts to address climate change, public-private partnerships will be essential to realizing the scale of our ambition," said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. "I applaud this year's ENERGY STAR award winners for working with EPA to deliver a clean energy future that saves American consumers and businesses money and creates jobs."
Winners are selected each year from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. SoCalGas has been a committed ENERGY STAR partner since the 1990s, and previously received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award in 2015.
Energy efficiency is also helping to advance SoCalGas' ASPIRE 2045 aim to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations and delivery of energy by 2045. For more ways to lower energy cost and usage throughout the year, the SoCalGas Marketplace offers affordable energy-efficiency financing, energy efficiency rebates, and assistance programs.
For a complete list of 2023 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR's awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve more than 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR's impacts can be found at www.energystar.gov/impacts.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to over 21 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company's pipelines will continue to play a key role in California's clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment.
SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy infrastructure company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas aspires to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra (NYSE: SRE), an energy infrastructure company based in San Diego.
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Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra Infrastructure Partners, Sempra Texas, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor) and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same companies as the California utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Company or Southern California Gas Company, and Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra Infrastructure Partners, Sempra Texas, Sempra Mexico, Sempra Texas Utilities, Oncor and IEnova are not regulated by the CPUC.
SOURCE Southern California Gas Company
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