Contact: Scott Larrivee, Department of Administration, 608-266-7362
Julie Wade, Focus on Energy, 414-225-9568
Tim Wirtz, Focus on Energy, 414-225-9522
Energy savings also fuel economic growth and protect the environment
Homeowners and businesses are facing rising natural gas and electricity costs. With winter heating bills increasing as much as 40 percent to 50 percent, Wisconsin residents and businesses are looking to Focus on Energy,
Not only are households seeing the benefits of energy efficiency through lower energy bills, businesses are, too. Many state businesses are taking advantage of the resources offered by Focus on Energy to implement a broad range of energy saving measures. Those investing in energy efficiency are reducing operating and maintenance costs and improving their bottom line.
“Energy costs get a lot of attention during the heating season, but energy efficiency is important year round,” said Kimberly Walker, administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Energy, which oversees Focus on Energy. “Cold winters and summer heat waves can be anticipated, but natural disasters, like hurricanes, that interrupt large percentages of the nation’s oil, cannot. By taking energy efficient steps now,
Businesses that sell and install energy saving technologies also benefit from the program. Since July 2001, Focus on Energy’s programs have influenced $264 million in sales for
With energy prices rising and the cost of renewable energy systems dropping, more homeowners and businesses are turning to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Residents and businesses have taken advantage of the training, technical assistance, support and in some cases grants and incentives offered by Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy Program. As a result, the program has helped save more than $4 million in annual energy costs since its inception.
Focus on Energy has environmental benefits, too. Energy saving measures implemented through the program have prevented the emission of more than two billion pounds of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the burning of 4,059 rail car loads of coal to generate electricity.
For more information about Focus on Energy and its energy saving programs, call 1-800-762-7077 or visit focusonenergy.com.
About Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy is a public-private partnership offering energy information and services to energy utility customers throughout
About the Department of Administration
The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) administers the state’s Public Benefits Fund, under which the Focus on Energy Program is made available to residents and businesses throughout the state. For more information on the Wisconsin DOA visit doa.wi.gov.
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NOTE TO EDITORS: The attached tables provide details about the financial, energy and environmental savings generated by
FOCUS ON ENERGY BENEFIT DISTRIBUTION BY SECTOR
July 1, 2001 – December 31, 2005
Electricity Kilowatt-hour Savings
Natural Gas Therms Savings
Annual Dollar Value of Energy Savings
To put these savings into perspective, the total savings to date of 811 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 40 million therms is equivalent to:
Â· The amount of energy produced by burning 4,059 rail car loads of coal.
Â· Meeting the electricity needs of the town of
Â· The same energy value as 2.2 million barrels of oil.
Â· The amount of electricity consumed annually by approximately 81,189 average homes in
FOCUS ON ENERGY EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS
July 1, 2001 – December 31, 2005
Nearly 5.1 million pounds
Nearly 10 million pounds
More than 2.2 billion pounds
Nearly 40 pounds
NOTES: Nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide are considered primary causes of acid rain. Greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is linked to global climate change. Mercury is a neurotoxin in low doses, affecting the function and development of the nervous system.