TVA, Local Power Distributors Stress Importance of Energy Efficiency Programs
July 8, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – As hot summer temperatures reach full boil across the South, TVA and local power companies are encouraging residents to save money and stay cool through TVA’s EnergyRight Solutions’ energy efficiency program.
“With the months of hot summer weather ahead, there’s never been a better time for consumers to lower their power bills while boosting the comfort of their homes by taking advantage of the energy efficiency programs that TVA and local power companies are offering,” said Bob Balzar, TVA vice president for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response.
TVA’s In-Home Energy Evaluation Program is designed to encourage the installation of energy efficiency improvements in single-family homes that are at least a year old. These steps run the gamut from caulking drafty cracks to installing a new air-conditioning system.
TVA offers a comprehensive in-home energy assessment to show homeowners the most cost-effective improvements for their home, as well as financing options and cash rebates to help participants make qualifying energy efficiency improvements. Evaluations are performed by TVA-certified energy advisers, and recommended measures are inspected after installation.
The TVA online and paper Home e-Valuation is a do-it-yourself program that allows residential customers to play an active role in saving energy in their homes. After completing an energy survey, customers receive a personalized report that breaks down their home’s annual and monthly energy usage by appliances, heating and cooling, and lighting. The program also provides tips and recommendations to save energy and updates on energy efficiency incentives from local power companies. Participants who complete the survey receive an energy savings kit that contains compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs; filter whistles, which sound when an air filter is beginning to clog; water flow monitors; and other items to help save energy.
To get started with these or other TVA energy efficiency programs, consumers should visit TVA’s energy efficiency website at www.EnergyRight.com .
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities that can produce about 34,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
Mike Bradley, Knoxville, (865) 632-8860
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000