Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation has announced three programs that will help consumers save a little on their electricity bill. The co-op is now giving members two ways to perform a home energy audit, a “check-up” of sorts that will likely save members some cash in the process.
“Checking your home’s energy efficiency can not only make you more comfortable this winter, it can save you money on your power bill and save energy for all of us,” read an October BREMCO press release. “It can even increase your home’s value.”
The first option includes the do-it-yourself route by going to www.BlueRidgeEMC.com and clicking on “home energy check-up.” In conjunction with BREMCO’s new automatic metering system, the site provides tips, customized to your energy usage patterns, that you can use to start cutting your next electric bill.
“It outlines some really helpful things you can implement quickly,” said BREMCO Director of Public Relations Renee Whitener. “You have to answer a few questions, but it’s taking your exact usage and factors and tells you what’s using the most electricity in your home. The tips are then broken down into least, medium, and most important options for increasing efficiency.”
The second option is a professional home energy audit performed by a BREMCO authorized specialist. Visit www.BlueRidgeEMC.com, choose an authorized energy checkup specialist, and give them a $75 printable coupon courtesy of BREMCO.
Ashe County certified energy audit specialists include Phillips Appraisals & Consulting and Mountain West Builders.
Phillips Appraisals & Consulting, located in Jefferson, offers “full service appraisals and consulting. We pride ourselves on staying up to date in the construction, real estate, valuation, and energy efficiency industries within the Blue Ridge Electric service area and beyond. We provide blower door testing, zonal testing, energy auditing, contract administration and appraisal services. We can create plans for energy efficiency upgrades or building a wish list for your goals and helping decide how to reach the goal. We offer information on the EnergyStar certification, insulation, sealing, solar, wind and hydro power benefits. We offer advice regarding energy efficiency measures and have experience in remodeling, retrofitting, and new construction. We do not offer products or construction services, we do have the contacts and can offer advice on who would be best for completing your planned energy efficiency upgrades be they by yourself or through a specialist .We tailor your audit to your needs and budget making effeciency efficient for you.”
Contact: Landon Phillips at 828-964-1958 or by email at www.phillipsappraisalsinc.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillips Appraisal & Consulting is a NC & TN Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser, NC, TN & VA Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, FHA Appraisals, BPI Certified, PorterWorks, HERS, LRRP.
Mountain West Builders, also located in Jefferson, is a BPI Certified, Licensed General Contractor, and NHBA Certified Green Builder.
“While primarily a home builder, Mountain West Builders can provide extensive information about home improvements to enhance energy efficiency, lower utility bills, and increase comfort. Their audits can help you evaluate what measures you can take to lower energy consumption and cost. They perform blower door tests, and other diagnostic services related to the mechanical systems and fuel sources being used. Once you have all the information, they will work with you to customize your road map to a greener, more energy efficient home,” according to information provided by BREMCO.
Contact: Stacy Maye or Chris Fields at 336-864-4003.
20 percent discount and flex pay
BREMCO members are also eligible for a 20 percent discount on home energy efficiency products at http://www.blueridgeemc.com/greensmart/. The Greensmart online store offers a whole host of energy saving products including air sealing products, electricity monitors, controls and switches, energy efficient lighting options, and heaters, all offered at 20 percent off.
Whitener also said many BREMCO members are starting to take advantage of the “flex pay” plan, a pay-as-you-go option designed to cater to individual customer needs.
“It’s helping a lot of people,” said Whitener. “There are no fees, no deposits, and you can sort of tailor your payment options. Many people are paying for their usage in advance, when they know they have the funds, as a sort of “rainy day” measure.”