State Energy Conservation Program Marks Milestone

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LINDEN – Local officials joined representatives of the state’s electric and gas utilities at the home of Leona Parker of Linden to celebrate the 50,000th participant in the New Jersey Comfort Partners Program. Comfort Partners, a component of New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, offers free energy-saving improvements and energy education for income-eligible residents.

“The Comfort Partners program provides critical assistance to New Jersey residents in need by improving a home’s energy efficiency and reducing a resident’s energy bills,” said Jeanne M. Fox, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

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Comfort Partners, which is delivered by the state’s electric and gas utilities, has improved energy affordability for more than 50,000 New Jersey low-income households who, by definition, spend a high percentage of their income on energy.  En route to this major milestone, the program has received national recognition from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and from ENERGY STAR®.

At an initial site visit to Parker’s home, energy efficiency measures were identified that would benefit her and help lower her electric and gas bills.  The home’s heating system received a health and safety check, and necessary adjustments were made.  Some of the many other measures implemented included water heater insulation, steam pipe and wall insulation, air sealing and caulking. A new refrigerator was installed, as well as energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, a carbon monoxide detector and a water-saving showerhead.

Parker expressed her gratitude to program representatives at the event. “I am very grateful to have this work done in my home and for the savings it provides.  This past summer, my house was much cooler; I did not even have to use fans to keep comfortable.  I couldn’t afford to pay for these services and I am very glad there is a program like this to help people like me.”

For additional information on Comfort Partners and other New Jersey Clean Energy Programs for local governments, businesses and residents, visit www.NJCleanEnergy.com or call 1-866-NJSMART.  Interested Comfort Partner participants may also cal their local utility company.


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