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Community-wide electricity consumption has flattened in recent years, in part due to the participation of local businesses and residents in the Efficiency Smart program, which provides energy consulting and rebates for energy-efficient products (Data courtesy of the Yellow Springs Energy Board)

Village renews energy-saving program

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Yellow Springs saved more than one percent of its electric consumption over the last three years thanks to a community-wide energy-efficiency program.

Local residents and businesses took advantage of energy-efficient product rebates and discounts, light bulbs giveaways and free energy consulting to cut the town’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by more than 2 million pounds — the equivalent CO2 usage of 138 homes — since 2011.

Now the Village has extended its contract with Efficiency Smart to offer more services and incentives through 2016, with a goal to make even deeper cuts to the town’s electricity consumption.

“Yellow Springs has really embraced Efficiency Smart services — it’s been a community that has done really well … but there’s tons more they can do,” said Efficiency Smart spokesperson Carrie Hoover this week.

Residents can continue to purchase discounted light bulbs at Efficiency Smart’s online lighting store, get financial rewards for recycling second refrigerators and freezers and receive rebates of up to $250 on select efficient refrigerators, ceiling fans, clothes washers and dryers, dehumidifiers, pool pumps, heat pump water heaters and furnace fans. 

Businesses qualify for even more products and services, and those using more than 500,000 kilowatt-hours annually have access to a personal energy consultant.

Villagers can visit: for information on rebates and to purchase deeply discounted energy-efficient lighting online.

A full story on trends in village-wide electricity consumption will appear in an upcoming issue of the News.

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