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The two best things you can do to lower your heating and cooling costs are to
increase the amount of insulation in your home and stop outside air from
getting inside your home. Button-Up will help you increase your homes
efficiency and your comfort while cutting your electric bills. Your home must
be at least two years old and use electricity as the primary heat source. Call
our energy advisors, and they will make an appointment to come to your home and
point out areas where the efficiency of your home can be improved. A heat loss
calculation will be done before you make recommended improvements and then
again afterwards to determine the exact amount of your incentive payment. When
you Button-Up, well pay you $40 per 1,000 BTUs saved. Call your local
energy advisor at your local South Kentucky Rural
Electric office to see how much you could get back for making improvements!
Touchstone Energy Home
Build your new home to our Touchstone Energy Home Standards, and receive a
reduction in your annual heating/cooling costs, but you may also qualify to
receive an incentive. The incentive if you build and install a geothermal
system is $500, or if you install a 14 SEER and 8.2 HSPF air-to-air heat pump
or higher, the incentive is $250. Call your local energy advisor to find out
about the incentives and to get a copy of the Touchstone Energy Home
Specifications to be sure your home will qualify. (We must be provided with a
floor plan so that a heat loss/heat gain calculation can be completed to
determine the heating and cooling equipment size. The house must be completed
before a blower door test can be performed to verify that the house meets the
Contact your local South Kentucky Rural Electric
office for all the details and requirements for both of these programs.
Resistant Heat to Heat Pump
If you are changing your heating system from ceiling cable, baseboard, or
electric furnace to a high-efficiency heat pump of a minimum 13 SEER, 7.5 HSPF,
you can qualify for an incentive payment. The higher the efficiency, the
greater the incentive payment. To qualify, your primary source of heat must be
electric resistant heat, and the heat source must be two years old. If you are
purchasing a new manufactured home and putting in a high-efficiency heat pump,
you will also qualify for an incentive.
13 SEER 7.5 HSPF$500
14 SEER 8.0 HSPF$750
15 SEER 8.5 HSPF or Greater$1000
Call your South Kentucky RECC energy advisor for more information.
Duct-Seal is another home efficiency program targeted to SKRECC members who
have electric heat pumps and furnaces. It is offered at a cost of $75 to
qualifying members. Duct-Seal consists of air-infiltration testing, sealing
ductwork, checking filters, measuring air flow, and checking the accuracy of
your thermostat. The tests we do may also show you things you can do to your
home to lower your energy costs. Results from tests of this program showed
Duct-Seal can produce a savings of $170 per year in heating and cooling costs.
Of course, your exact savings will vary according to your home and heating
For more information on Duct-Seal, contact your local
South Kentucky Rural Electric office.
Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) heaters use ceramic bricks to store heat given
off by elements inside the heater. The elements come on during the co-ops
off-peak times to heat up the bricks. The stored heat is then released
throughout the day. ETS is a great replacement for gas and fuel oil space
heaters and for wood stoves. Many members use them to supplement their existing
electric heating system. While one unit usually wont heat your entire
home when it gets really cold, multiple-unit systems can be designed that will
keep you warm all winter long.
For more information on heating your home with ETS, contact your
local South Kentucky Rural Electric office or
South Kentucky RECC will do energy audits for our members at their request to
help educate them on what is using the most energy in their homes and on how to
be more efficient. To have an energy audit done they just need to contact a
local South Kentucky Rural Electric energy advisor to
set up an appointment.