A new program promoted by the city of Newark and its electric supplier aims to help Newarkers save money while reducing their electricity consumption.

The Efficiency Smart program will provide residents rebates for buying energy-efficient appliances, with savings ranging from $15 for a ceiling fan to $250 for a water heater.

The program will also partner with yet-to-be-determined local businesses to sell LED light bulbs, which use only a fraction of the energy required for traditional incandescent bulbs. The program will provide the bulbs to the businesses for free, and the businesses will sell them for 99 cents each and keep the profits.

City officials said that replacing 10 frequently used light bulbs with LEDs could save a homeowner up to $100 per year.

In addition, the program provides discounts on advanced thermostats and energy-saving power strips.

Businesses are also eligible for rebates and other programs that help them reduce their energy use.

Meanwhile, Efficiency Smart will use “proprietary software” to help the city of Newark identify customers with high energy use so officials can help the customers troubleshoot ways to reduce their electric consumption.

The program, which will cost $1.1 million over three years, will be funded by the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), which supplies electricity to Newark and other municipalities in Delaware. DEMEC officials say the program will save money in the long run because reducing electric consumption will allow the utility to delay capital infrastructure investments and avoid buying expensive power during times of peak usage.

Newark taxpayers will not bear any costs of the program, officials said.

Over three years, the program is expected to reduce Newark’s power consumption by 3,306 megawatt hours, equivalent to the annual energy usage of 408 homes.

Four towns in Delaware – Clayton, Milford, New Castle and Seaford – are already using the Efficiency Smart program, which is based in Ohio and administered by American Municipal Power, Inc.

“The Efficiency Smart program is an opportunity that will bring value to the entire city,” Mayor Jerry Clifton said in a prepared statement. “We’re proud to join other towns in Delaware in helping our residents and businesses reduce energy consumption, save money on their electric bills, and learn best practices. Together, we can help build a smarter, more efficient Newark – not just today, but into the future.”

To learn more about how to take advantage of the program, visit www.efficiencysmart.org/newark-delaware or call Efficiency Smart at 877-889-3777. The discounts are only available to city of Newark electric customers.

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