Long Island Electricity Use Expected To Drop Over Next 5 Years

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Residential electricity usage will decline in the next five years on Long Island, according to PSEG.

Paul Napoli, PSEG’s vice president for power markets, says Nassau and Suffolk county homeowners have been “phenomenal” at adopting energy efficient lights and solar power.

He notes that even though electric car use will increase in the coming years, residential electricity use will begin to decrease, saving energy and money for consumers.

PSEG predicts home energy sales to drop 2 percent each year and will be down by 9.8 percent in 2023.

How can you be more green? Napoli says there’s a number of small things that can be done.

“Very simple things they can do are to take advantage of our home energy audits that can help and come out to look at the specifics and make a plan for them,” he said.

He adds that switching to LED light bulbs is also crucial and homeowners should eliminate all incandescent light bulbs where they possibly can.

Napoli says it’s possible the decrease in power needs can erase plans to build a new power plant in 2035.