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Sturgeon Bay Utilities Delivers Big Savings in 2015 (2/2/2016)

Thanks to programs made available through Sturgeon Bay Utilities, local utility customers completed energy efficiency projects in 2015 that will save them approximately $180,000 on electricity costs and 2,022,000 kilowatt-hours annually.

Sturgeon Bay Utilities partners with the statewide Focus on Energy program to give customers access to cash-back rewards and other incentives to save energy. Focus is a statewide energy efficiency and renewable energy program funded through Wisconsinfs electric utilities.

Sturgeon Bay Utilities General Manager Jim Stawicki recently reported to the City Council on SBU's annual report of utility incentives and savings from Focus for the 2015 calendar year. The utility works throughout the year to promote the program, which provides customers with incentives and rebates on the purchase of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency devices and services. For example, through Focus, residential customers of SBU can receive a discount on a home energy assessment, cash-back rewards on attic insulation and air sealing projects, cash-back rewards on home heating and cooling equipment, and special pricing on energy-efficient lighting.

Stawicki said the energy saved through Focus incentives in 2015 equates to 1.4% of the not-for-profit, locally owned utility's annual energy sales.

"Energy efficiency and renewable energy investments are the 'gifts that keep giving'," said Stawicki. "When our customers take steps to conserve, they not only save on energy costs, but they also help to lessen demands on the local electric system."

In addition to the Focus on Energy offerings, Sturgeon Bay Utilities delivered an additional $28,000 in energy-saving incentive funding for customers through the utility's Main Street Efficiency Program. The Main Street Program offers small businesses bonus incentives for qualified, energy efficient upgrades. SBU also offers the Shared Savings Program, which loans businesses upfront capital to finance energy efficiency projects.

The various programs available through Sturgeon Bay Utilities can also help save energy in municipal facilities, which helps reduce waste, improve the economy, and lower the local tax burden for all citizens. For example, in 2015 the city replaced over 500 streetlights with LED lights, which will result in annual energy savings of 288,000 kWh and estimated avoided energy costs of $16,200 per year. Over their probable life cycle, the new lights are expected to save almost 6 million kWh for the city.

"These are great examples of how efficiency and conversation can pay off," said Stawicki. "We intend to keep these efforts up in 2016 and beyond so that our community and its residents can continue to save energy and help improve the environment."

For more information about the energy-saving programs available through Sturgeon Bay Utilities, call (920) 746-2820.

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