As members, we pay for electricity in kilowatt-hours (kWhs). Understanding what a kilowatt-hour is and how our heating, cooling, and each of our appliances use them will help members make smart energy choices. When kilowatt-hours add up, electric bills get higher. If you’re worried about the amount of money your family is spending on electricity, but have already cut back your energy usage it might be time for an energy audit.
Audits stop the excess use of power by thoroughly inspecting your home. Primarily, auditors look for weatherization opportunities: areas where heated or cooled air may be escaping through leaks in door jambs, windows, electrical outlets, or the duct-work of the heating and cooling system. They also examine crawl spaces and basements for energy efficiency opportunities. Basic suggestions towards energy efficiency are also made, such as the implementation of CFLs and LEDs.
Overall, an energy audit will save you money by increasing your energy efficiency. The amount of money an energy audit costs will be returned in lower electric bills through the years. We also provide a cost share incentive: the total cost of an energy audit is $275, but we will pay $200 making the total out of pocket cost to the owner $75.
When the audit is complete, the auditor will provide you with an energy efficiency kit. This kit will provide the basics to begin necessary repairs and to take the first steps towards energy efficiency as suggested by the auditor. Once the work has been completed, you have the option of sending the invoices to White River Valley Electric Cooperative (WRVEC) for a return of 50% on the cost of the work.*
All members of our service area are eligible for an energy audit as long as the structure to be audited is a permanent structure owned by the member and that you meet the income requirements. If you qualify for assistance from OACAC or Ozark Action Inc. the audit is free of charge. Please contact the appropriate agency below.
- For members residing in Christian, Stone and Taney Counties, click here to contact OACAC.
- For members residing in Douglas or Ozark Counties, click here to contact Ozark Action, Inc.
Click here for the Home Energy Audit Rebate Weatherization Form. *$500 cap on this incentive.