Free caulking is available to any SKRECC member who is working on improving the air-infiltration characteristics of their home. Stop by your local Co-op office or e-mail us for details.

Button-Up
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 home’s 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, we’ll 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!

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Touchstone Energy Home
Build your new home to our Touchstone Energy Home Standards to lower your annual heating/cooling costs. You may also qualify to receive an incentive. The incentive if you build and install a geothermal system is $750, 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 standard.)

Contact your local South Kentucky Rural Electric office for all the details and requirements for both of these programs.

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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.

Incentives:
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.

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Duct-Seal
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 system.

For more information on Duct-Seal, contact your local South Kentucky Rural Electric office.

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Electric Thermal Storage
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-op’s 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 won’t 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 click here.

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Energy Audits
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.

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SimpleSaver
SimpleSaver is a program in which South Kentucky RECC members can earn up to $20 in bill credits annually ($5 for each central air conditioning unit during June, July, August, and September) for each central air conditioner enrolled. Sign up a 40-gallon or greater electric water heater and receive a $10 bill credit during the month of February. Click here to enroll in SimpleSaver or contact a local energy advisor to learn more.

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