Release Date: 11-28-2016Bangor & Presque Isle Maine – Emera Maine customers will see an adjustment to the portion of their bill that supports energy efficiency programs and initiatives in Maine. Conservation rates will be increasing on December 1, 2016. A typical residential customer, using 500 kWh, will see a bill increase of about $1.25 per month. Part of the funding for Efficiency Maine comes from electric utility customers. Emera Maine collects those funds through the Conservation charge included in Delivery rates. Efficiency Maine strives to lower the cost of electricity for Maine residents and business through energy efficiency and conservation programs. Programs offered by Efficiency Maine include rebates on heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and weatherization, saving Mainers on their overall energy costs. “Heat pumps provide a cost effective, clean, convenient, and comfortable way to heat and cool homes and businesses,” said Kendra Overlock, Manager, Customer Initiatives at Emera Maine. “Efficiency Maine rebates make high-efficiency heat pump models even more affordable.” An estimated 260,000 customers in Maine benefited from energy efficiency rebates last year. In the Bangor Hydro District, customers will see the change reflected in Conservation on the Emera Maine Delivery portion of the bill. Maine Public District customers will see this change reflected in the distribution rate. View our Rate Schedules for current rates in your district.