Dec 14, 2004
December 14, 2004
RICHMOND, Va. – With the coming of winter’s colder temperatures, Dominion Virginia Power encourages its customers to use smart energy practices to keep their homes warm and heating systems working at peak efficiencies.
To get the best value for the energy dollar, it is important for consumers to know where energy is used in their houses. Dominion Virginia Power invites customers to visit the company’s Internet site for energy-saving information or to enroll in its Energy Audit Assistance Program.
Heating costs can account for 25 percent to 50 percent of a home’s total energy expense, so efficiency experts offer these tips to control heating costs:
Air leakage accounts for about 30 percent of heating expenses. Experts agree on these recommendations:
The U.S. Department of Energy Web site also has information on winterizing your house and other ways to make your home energy-smart. For more information, visit the DOE on the Internet at http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/info/homes.
The DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency sponsor Home Energy Saver, a Web-based do-it-yourself energy audit tool at http://hes.lbl.gov/.
Dominion also asks that you contribute to EnergyShare to assist those in need. EnergyShare helps pay home heating bills for qualified individuals living within the company's service area. The program pays for any heating source: oil, gas, kerosene, wood, and electricity. It is a program of last resort for the elderly, the ill and for all who face financial hardships from unemployment or family crisis. Payments go directly to energy vendors on behalf of those helped, and every dollar donated goes to benefit those in need.
Dominion Virginia Power customers can contribute to EnergyShare by adding an extra $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $25 or $35 to monthly bills. The company's computers automatically recognize these exact amounts as contributions to EnergyShare. An envelope also will be inserted in customers' bills in February soliciting contributions. Donations may be mailed to EnergyShare, P.O. Box 12083, Richmond, Va. 23241-0083.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers of energy, with an energy portfolio of about 25,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion also serves retail energy customers in eight states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at www.dom.com.
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David Botkins, 804-771-6115