Southern California Gas has been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency with an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader award for 2018. The award acknowledges SoCalGas' commitment to promoting environmental protection and energy efficient construction through the California ENERGY STAR New Homes Program Marketing Support Bonus offered as part of its California Advanced Homes Program. The company also received this award in 2015 and 2017.
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"We are pleased the U.S. EPA continues to recognize our leadership in the area of energy efficiency and are proud to receive this award yet again,” said Dan Rendler, director of customer programs and assistance at SoCalGas.
SoCalGas continues to be a leader in researching and developing new technologies that improve energy efficiency and protect the environment. Between 2014 and 2018, SoCalGas energy efficiency programs delivered more than 180 million therms in energy savings, enough natural gas usage for an estimated 403,000 households a year, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by nearly 955,000 metric tons, the equivalent of removing around 202,000 cars from the road annually. These advances have also helped save SoCalGas customers more than $198 million in utility bill costs. In 2018 alone, SoCalGas' energy efficiency programs saved customers $57 million.
In addition to SoCalGas' energy efficiency programs, the company is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help meet the state meet its ambitious climate goals. though a recently announced plan to replace 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. The company has also requested that the California Public Utilities Commission allow it to offer customers the option of purchasing a portion of their gas as renewable natural gas.