El Paso Electric (NYSE: EE) has expanded its Website to include a new HomeEnergySuite™ -- a series of customized energy efficiency tools developed by Apogee Interactive to address the region’s unique weather, evaporative air conditioning, swimming pools and spas.
These energy analysis tools provide insights on year-round energy use, but they’ll prove especially helpful as El Paso area residents prepare for summer. “Our mild winters tend to moderate home heating needs, so national “off-the-shelf” energy calculators were likely to miss the mark for our customers’ heating and cooling energy use patterns,” said Helen Knopp, vice president of public affairs for El Paso Electric. “Our dry desert heat makes evaporative cooling the standard for this area. Apogee was eager to model these varying energy characteristics and customize its Web-based tools to provide further energy-saving insights to our customers.”
The HomeEnergySuite offers a full array of evaluation tools including a home energy calculator, appliance calculator, lighting calculator, interactive cut-away house, and comprehensive energy reference library.
The suite’s flagship tool – the HomeEnergyCalculator -- starts with select data points provided by the customer, including whether or not they use evaporative cooling, a pool and a spa, and draws upon local weather data, El Paso Electric’s energy prices and Apogee’s proprietary energy analysis system to produce a quick and accurate view of the home’s energy consumption and costs. Customers can then modify their data inputs to see the impact and savings possible with various equipment or usage changes.
Consumers can dig deeper by “walking through” an interactive cut-away house to learn more about home energy consumption room by room. Separate appliance and lighting calculators provide down-to-the-penny energy costs for nearly 50 appliances, electronic devices and lighting options-- everything from compact fluorescent light bulbs and whirlpool tubs to big screen plasma TVs and side-by-side refrigerators.
El Paso Electric also elected to add Apogee’s Kids Korner as a part of its online energy efficiency information expansion. This fun-filled, interactive section covers all aspects of energy production and use, from Thomas Edison and solar power to electrical safety and utility industry careers.
“El Paso Electric’s service area presented a new challenge for us and we are pleased to bring a new level of precision to our HomeEnergySuite that addresses unique heating and cooling systems, pools and spa equipment,” said Susan Gilbert, president and chief executive officer of Apogee.
Apogee Interactive, Inc. is a leading provider of online solutions for the energy industry. Founded in 1994, Apogee's web-based content and energy-use analysis tools reach millions of energy consumers daily. Customers comprise a wide range of energy utilities such as American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), Entergy (NYSE: ETR), FPL (NYSE: FPL), Silicon Valley Power, Pasadena Water and Power, and Jackson EMC. The company also provides eLearning systems, call center programs and demand response platforms to utilities and their trade associations. Apogee Interactive is a certified women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
El Paso Electric is a regional electric utility providing generation, transmission and distribution service to approximately 347,000 retail and wholesale customers in a 10,000 square mile area of the Rio Grande valley in west Texas and southern New Mexico. EPE has a net installed generation capacity of approximately 1,500 MW. EPE’s common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EE.
Karen Morris, 770-270-6501
El Paso Electric
Teresa Souza, 915-543-5823