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Dominion expands energy incentive program to cover HVAC upgrades

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Dominion Energy has expanded its Small Business Energy Solutions Program, which provides financial incentives to energy efficiency improvements, to cover heating and cooling systems. 

Since 2014, the program has offered tailored recommendations to participants focused on lighting and refrigeration upgrades. The expansion extends potential benefits to include advanced heating and cooling system tune-ups, smart thermostats, duct sealing and HVAC controls. 

The financial incentives cover 90%, or up to $6,000, of the cost of improvements, according to a news release from Dominion. Program benefits also include on-site energy analysis of lighting, refrigeration and HVAC systems and local, prequalified contractors to perform the upgrade work and remove and dispose of old fluorescent lamps and ballasts in an environmentally friendly manner. 

"We are always looking for cost-effective ways for our customers to improve their energy usage and lower their bills," program manager Annika Goodson said in the release. "We work directly with each customer to identify opportunities for energy savings. Considering a customer's heating and air conditioning can account for a significant part of their energy consumption each month, including HVAC system improvements will be a big benefit for our small business and nonprofit customers."

The program is available to Dominion Energy South Carolina small business and nonprofit customers with five or fewer electric service accounts and an annual energy use of 350,000 kilowatt hours or less. 

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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