SoCalGas Named a 2019 Leader in Promoting Energy-Efficient Construction by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

July 14, 2020

Utility provides home builders with more than $8 million to incentivize energy efficient

Receives Fourth ENERGY STAR Certified Market Homes Leader Award Since 2015
LOS ANGELES – July 8, 2020 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced its recognition by
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with an ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Market Leader award
for 2019. The award acknowledges SoCalGas’ commitment to environmental protection and energy
efficient construction. In the last five years, SoCalGas has provided over $8 million in incentives to
residential builders for the construction of environmentally-friendly, energy efficient homes. SoCalGas
account representatives support builders throughout the construction process and provide each builder
with an incentive check upon completion of the project. The award comes as a result of the California
ENERGY STAR New Homes Program Marketing Support Bonus SoCalGas offers as part of its California
Advanced Homes Program (CAHP). The company also received the ENERGY STAR award in 2015, 2017
and 2018.
“Since 2017, we have been the only investor-owned utility in California to offer the ENERGY STAR bonus
as part of our California Advanced Homes Program and are thrilled to receive this award yet again” said
Brian Prusnek, director of customer programs and assistance at SoCalGas. “Not only does this award
signify our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficient construction, it
also demonstrates SoCalGas’ commitment to our vision to be the cleanest gas utility in North America.”
“The ENERGY STAR program proudly recognizes the efforts of our outstanding partners who have made
important contributions to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection. Our 2020
Market Leader Award winners demonstrate a high level of commitment to making ENERGY STAR
certified homes and apartments available to American consumers. EPA proudly recognizes SoCalGas’s
efforts as an ENERGY STAR partner,” said Jonathan Passe, chief of the ENERGY STAR Residential Branch
at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“On behalf of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, I would like to congratulate
SoCalGas on its 2020 Energy Star Market Leader Award,” said Craig Foster, Executive Vice President at
the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC). “SoCalGas has always been a true
partner to builders throughout Southern California. In addition to very generous energy efficiency
incentives, the green building expertise and level of service provided by the SoCalGas Account
Representatives is outstanding. These folks support our builder members every step on the way, from
the early design stage through final inspection and delivery of the builder’s incentive checks.”
SoCalGas saved customers $65.4 million in 2019 on their annual gas bills through SoCalGas’ energy
efficiency programs. The energy savings is equivalent to removing nearly 293,000 metric tons of
greenhouse gas emissions and taking more than 63,000 cars off California roads for one year.
SoCalGas continues to be a leader in researching and developing new technologies that improve energy
efficiency and protect the environment. Between 2015 and 2019, SoCalGas energy efficiency programs
delivered more than 208 million therms in energy savings, enough natural gas usage
for 127,000 households a year, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by over 1,100,000 metric
tons, the equivalent of removing nearly 238,000 cars from the road annually. These advances have also
helped save SoCalGas customers over $229 million in utility bill costs.
SoCalGas’ commitment to protecting the environment and reaching California’s ambitious climate goals
stretches beyond energy efficiency. Last year, SoCalGas announced its vision to become the cleanest
natural gas utility in North America by delivering a 21st century energy system that works for all
Californians. This system would include replacing 20 percent of the traditional natural gas supply with
renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. It also has the potential to include several other clean energy
strategies such as hydrogen and will provide clean, reliable and affordable energy.
To learn more about SoCalGas and its vision for the21st century energy system, please visit