EarthCents

EarthCents is a Southern Company initiative designed to help customers save money and energy while reducing greenhouse gases. Through our EarthCents programs, we have reduced peak demand for electricity by 3,900 megawatts. That's enough to power more than 925,000 homes. Between now and 2020, we plan to spend $1 billion on energy efficiency and demand control programs, reducing peak demand by an additional 1,000 megawatts.

EarthCents Energy Efficiency Programs

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Residential energy efficiency programs include:

  • Home Energy Checkups/Audit
  • Low income weatherization
  • Home Energy Improvement incentives
  • ENERGY STAR® practices, products, and whole home programs
  • Time-of-Use and Plug-in Electric Vehicle rates

Commercial and Industrial programs include:

  • Geothermal heating and cooling incentives
  • Commercial and Industrial Energy Checkups/Audits
  • One on One Customer Support
  • Time-of-use and real-time pricing
  • Energy Services for large commercial and industrial customers

Renewable Energy EarthCents Programs

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  • Solar thermal water heating residential and commercial programs
  • Solar Electricity - PV Incentive for residential, small commercial, and schools

Research and Development Initiatives

  • Leading the nation in non-road electric transportation technology
  • Working with major manufacturers and EPRI on electric vehicle residential smart-charging and fast-charging technologies.
  • Studying the impact of electric transportation on grid reliability
  • Demonstrating several hyper-efficient residential and commercial technologies, including heat pump water heater technologies
  • Assessing several vendors' smart appliances and Home Energy Management systems
  • Demonstrating several commercial and industrial waste heat recovery systems

How we compare

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When comparing peak demand reductions across the contiguous U.S., average reduction reported to the U.S. Energy Information Administration from demand-side management is 4.7 percent. We have reduced our peak demand by 11.1 percent through 2012, and we've saved more than 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours since 2000.

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Electric Transportation

For more than a decade, Southern Company has worked with auto manufacturers to understand the use of electricity as a transportation fuel and its impact on the grid.

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