SWEPCO participates in Cabot’s worldwide Sustainability Day

SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinator Debra Miller uses a display to compare LED lighting to incandescent lighting with a Cabot employee.

On Thursday, May 16, Cabot Corporation hosted its first Sustainability Day for its more than 4,500 employees across all of its locations worldwide. Suzanne Scribner, Environmental Manager of Cabot’s plant in Marshall, Texas, reached out to SWEPCO’s Energy Efficiency team to see if they would like to participate by providing Cabot employees with energy saving information.

SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinators Kawona Abmas and Debra Miller, who both oversee SWEPCO’s Residential Energy Efficiency Programs, were quick to volunteer! They met with more than 80 Cabot employees over a period of two and a half hours to discuss ways to save energy at home and at work.  

“It’s great to see one of our customers champion sustainability initiatives and immediately think of SWEPCO for support,” said Kawona Abmas. “I’m glad we played an active role in educating their employees about how sustainability and energy go hand in hand.”

Cabot’s Marshall facility, a SWEPCO Commercial Customer, is the North American headquarters for the production of its activated carbon products. It produces both powdered and granular activated carbon for a variety of end-use applications, including gas and air purification, water purification, food and beverages, mining and chemicals. Established in the 1920s, the Cabot Marshall team currently consists of approximately 200 employees.

If you’d like SWEPCO’s Energy Efficiency team to present energy saving information at an upcoming event, please reach out to Chelsea Adcock at 318-673-3514 or cefranklin@aep.com.

SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinator Kawona Abmas gives a Cabot employee information on ways to save energy at home as well as information on how to participate in one of SWEPCO’s Residential Energy Efficiency Programs.

The St. Jude Dream Home is seeing green in more ways than one

As in previous years, SWEPCO is a proud sponsor of the 2019 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway that raises funds for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to treat young patients with catastrophic diseases. St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for their child’s care, has provided its services to our SWEPCO employees, families and friends.

Construction taking place at the 2019 KTBS 3 St. Jude Dream Home in Benton, Louisiana, where onlookers can see the green, energy-efficient ZIP System™.

This year, SWEPCO’s Energy Efficiency Team wants to take the partnership one step further by looking at how the home can be constructed for maximum energy efficiency, starting with what’s in the walls. The home, which is under construction in the Kingston Plantation neighborhood in Benton, Louisiana, boasts bright green, ZIP System™ Roof and Wall Sheathing. It’s a one-of-a-kind system made up of plywood and tape that together, create an energy efficient barrier for improved comfort and savings. Plus, it eliminates the need for traditional house wrap.

ZIP System prevents unwanted air leakage, so hot air can’t get in during the summer and warm air can’t escape during the winter. You can see how the tape covers the areas where air is likely to escape, the areas where the plywood sheathing comes together. The sheathing also adds an insulating layer to further improve the home’s interior comfort. It helps keep the hot air out during the summer and the warm air in during the winter. The future homeowners can look forward to lower SWEPCO bills, even during extreme weather days.

A rendering of what this year’s Dream Home will look like when finished.

For more information on this year’s St. Jude Dream Home, please visit the KTBS 3 website. Tickets can be purchased at any Porter’s Fine Dry Cleaning location and Moffitt Mazda.

Open House events are scheduled from July 20 to August 4. The hours are Saturdays from 9am until 5pm and Sundays from noon until 5pm.