NYSEG AND RG&E OFFER CUSTOMERS THREE ‘GREEN’ OPTIONS FOR EARTH DAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rochester, NY, April 16, 2010 – NYSEG and RG&E encourage customers to consider three environmentally-friendly energy options as we prepare to mark Earth Day on April 22.
Option 1: Go paper free and save a tree. NYSEG and RG&E offer several free billing options that can help cut down on paper, checks and even stamps.
>> Our e-Bill service enables customers to receive and pay bills online.
>> Our e-Payment service enables customers to make payments online or by phone while still receiving a paper bill.
To learn more about our e-Bill or e-Payment services or to sign up, visit nyseg.com or rge.com. To make an e-Payment by phone, call 1.800.600.2275 (NYSEG) or 1.800.295.7323 (RG&E). Both the online and telephone services are available 24 hours a day, every day.
>> Our electronic funds transfer service provides customers with a paper bill, but payments are then automatically deducted from the customer’s checking account. This eliminates the need for return envelopes and saves on postage. Enrollment is easy – just complete the form on the back of the bill payment stub or visit nyseg.com or rge.com.
Option 2: Out with the old, in with the new. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than comparable incandescent bulbs, so they can help reduce energy bills while also reducing greenhouse gases and the amount of fuel needed to generate power.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if every American home replaced just one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent bulb, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes a year, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of 800,000 vehicles.
Why not make the switch to compact fluorescent bulbs today?
Option 3: Clean energy is blowing in the wind. NYSEG and RG&E offer customers the opportunity to purchase clean, renewable wind-generated electricity. Purchasing just $7.50 worth of wind-generated electricity every month for one year reduces carbon dioxide emissions the equivalent of planting 1.34 acres of trees or not driving 3,292 miles in your car. The charge is added to monthly
NYSEG or RG&E bills to cover the added expense of 300 kilowatt-hours of wind energy being delivered to the New York power grid. To learn more about purchasing wind-generated electricity, visit nyseg.com or rge.com.
NYSEG and RG&E have a long history of recycling everything from paper and toner cartridges to transformer oil and used electrical equipment. In addition, the companies have been leaders in installing energy-saving transformers that use vegetable-based cooling oil instead of petroleum oil and have replaced more than 100 gasoline-powered vehicles with hybrid or partial zero-emissions vehicles.
“Our actions speak to our solid commitment to environmental stewardship, and we strongly encourage our customers to take steps to reduce their energy use to help protect the environment,” said Mark S. Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E.