O&R Wins Prestigious ENERGY STAR® Award for Leading the Charge in Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) has been honored by the federal government’s ENERGY STAR® program for helping O&R customers make energy efficient choices to upgrade to ENERGY STAR® products.

Since 2009, O&R customers have saved enough energy to reduce carbon emissions by 1.4 tons which is equivalent to taking more than 310,700 cars off the road by effectively promoting ENERGY STAR® certified products through O&R’s online store, energy efficiency programs and products, and marketing and outreach campaigns.

Each year, the ENERGY STAR® program honors a select group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to energy efficiency and the transition to a clean energy economy. ENERGY STAR® award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts have saved more than 5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity over the past 30 years.

O&R’s Director of Customer Energy Services Charmaine Cigliano said, “Our partnership with ENERGY STAR® underscores our commitment to provide customers with energy efficient solutions that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ENERGY STAR®’s recognition of O&R’s commitment to provide impactful energy reducing solutions is a significant honor to O&R’s extensive efforts to help our customers save energy and money while helping the environment.”

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 310,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange and Rockland Utilities) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 143,000 customers in New York. O&R provides energy to a region of nearly one million people.

The ENERGY STAR® logo is a widely recognized symbol that signifies energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. By encouraging customers to look for this logo, O&R helps customers easily identify products that meet high energy efficiency standards and ensures low-cost, energy-efficient products are easily accessible to a wide range of customers.

O&R’s Marketplace Program, My ORU Store, enables customers to shop online and receive instant discounts for ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostats, advanced power strips, air purifiers, and dehumidifiers. O&R also partners with local retailers within the Orange and Rockland Utilities and the Rockland Electric Company service territories to provide ENERGY STAR® certified products at a reduced cost for customers.

The O&R Instant Lighting Incentive Program works with participating distributors to offer commercial customers instant rebates on select ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs. There also is a commercial customer rebate option to promote efficiency using ENERGY STAR® certified electric and gas equipment.

In 2023, O&R began offering generous incentives for qualifying ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump water heaters (HPWH) through the New York State Clean Heat Program.

O&R continued outreach and worked with 36 food pantries to bring free ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs to low-to-moderate income families. The program used this opportunity to cross promote the Empower+ Program, managed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which provides no-cost energy efficiency solutions to income-eligible New Yorkers.

ENERGY STAR® winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR® partners. For a complete list of 2024 winners and more information about the ENERGY STAR® awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.

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