BY MELANIE BUCK –
Harold and Katherine Piatt, of Mena, are reaping the rewards of being customers of Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative. The couple recently won a $5,000 energy efficient makeover courtesy of the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Ninth Annual Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest. The Piatt’s and 16 other winners were announced recently and the Piatt’s received their makeover last week.
“Hundreds of electric cooperative members from across the state submitted applications,” said Bret Curry, manager of residential energy marketing for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “Then, a statewide team of cooperative representatives objectively selected the 17 winning homes. The common theme among the homes is higher than average electrical consumption per square foot of living space and complaints about having to sacrifice comfort in order to keep the electric bill affordable.”
Curry said the energy efficiency makeover project is an educational program demonstrates basic building science. Member’s homes are used as a resource during the energy efficiency transformation makeover so others can learn how to implement energy savings applications and comfort improvement ideas within their homes.
Each winner received a comprehensive energy audit that included a blower door air infiltration test, a ductwork leakage test, and infrared thermal imaging scan. Upon diagnosis of the energy problems, a team of experts installed additional attic insulation, sealed and insulated whole-house attic fans and attic access points, caulked and sealed unwanted air leaks, and reconnected, sealed and insulated the ductwork. Winners also received a heating and cooling system tune-up. Inefficient lighting was replaced with LED bright stik™ bulbs courtesy of General Electric.
Makeover progress can be viewed at www.ecahomemakeover.com or