Press Release

Summit Natural Gas of Maine Celebrates Weatherization Day, Helps Local Homeowner

FARMINGDALE, Maine – Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Dave Ireland Builders and Efficiency Maine celebrated Weatherization Day on Oct. 30 with a celebration of energy savings for this year’s selected homeowner Laralei Duarte of Farmingdale. She was the lucky recipient of a Weatherization Day enhanced energy package that includes improvements to her insulation and assistance in converting her home to natural gas.

Laralei, a retired nurse, is under contract with Summit Natural Gas of Maine and will now save more than $2,000 per year on her annual heating costs. Plus, because of the efficiency and insulation upgrades performed today by employees from Dave Ireland Builders and the rebates available through Efficiency Maine, she will save an additional 25 percent on her energy costs.

The celebration included a meet and greet with the homeowner along with the management team of Dave Ireland Builders and employees from Summit Natural Gas of Maine.

“By weatherizing homes and with other energy efficiency improvements, Maine is helping citizens save hundreds of dollars annually on their heating bills, creating jobs and reducing carbon emissions. Energy efficiency must continue to be a top priority, especially while fuel prices remain so high,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in a statement about the event.

October is Energy Awareness Month, and weatherization programs across the country celebrate the month with activities and education to help increase public awareness of energy use. The event in Farmingdale also included a house tour demonstrating an energy efficiency assessment, including blower door testing and infrared camera interpretation.

The management team of Dave Ireland Builders, LLC has a combined 103 years of building and energy-efficiency experience to help solve their customers’ building issues and reduce heating costs.

Summit Natural Gas of Maine is helping residents in the Kennebec Valley reduce their energy use and heating costs by providing natural gas to businesses and residents across the region, including Farmingdale. Construction on the natural gas pipeline is well underway with three construction firms building out the first phase of the company’s planned $350 million Kennebec Valley natural gas transmission and distribution project.

“Seeing the smile on Laralei’s face today is exactly why our team is excited to help save residents money on their energy costs. Today’s event is part of our continued commitment to help the community. Soon, more people just like Laralei all the way from Gardiner to Madison will have access to natural gas and save hundreds of dollars on their heating bills,” said Aaron Dodge, residential marketing manager for Summit Natural Gas of Maine.

Construction crews totaling more than 400 workers are currently working from Pittston to Madison on the installation of 68 miles of steel pipe and 1,500 miles of plastic distribution pipe in various communities throughout the region. To learn more about energy rebates and efficiency savings from Summit Natural Gas of Maine, call (855) 353-4433 or visit

Summit Utilities, Inc., the parent company of Summit Natural Gas of Maine, operates 20 natural gas districts throughout Colorado and Missouri, and specializes in providing natural gas to areas that are either hard to serve or that aren’t being served. These districts represent approximately 40,000 customers, $292 million dollars in assets, 400 miles of high-pressure steel main lines and approximately 1,500 miles of polyethylene gas main lines.


About Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.:

Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc. is a subsidiary of Summit Utilities, Inc. Summit Utilities, Inc. acts as a holding company that owns and operates Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc.; Colorado Natural Gas, Inc.; Summit Natural Gas of Missouri, Inc.; and Wolf Creek Energy LLC. The company’s natural gas subsidiaries construct, install and operate natural gas distribution systems in order to provide natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers. For more information visit,