Energy In Your Home
Blue Grass Energy is involved in a variety of programs promoting energy efficiency. These programs are continuously revised to better serve you.
Energy Audit: Blue Grass Energy can assist you with your energy conservation needs, whether building a new home, or trying to conserve energy in an existing home. We have five certified HERS raters on staff that are highly skilled in "building science solutions", and are ready to assist you. They have the tools, including infrared cameras to find where your energy dollars may be escaping. They inspect the likely suspects--your insulation, windows, ductwork, water heater, or any other place you think might be troublesome--and suggest changes that will make your home more comfortable and your energy bill lower. The best part is, energy audits are FREE to all Blue Grass Energy members!
Touchstone Energy Home: Combine the efficiency of electric heating and cooling with high insulation standards when building a new home, and you have the basis for the Touchstone Energy Home. Blue Grass Energy provides home testing and computer analysis including a free energy rating using the Home Energy Rating System (HERS Index) to each qualifying participant at no charge to the member. A HERS rating is valued at up to $1,200. When standards are met, a certificate will be issued stating the home meets Touchstone Energy standards. The benefits of a Touchstone Energy Home include energy-efficient design from blueprints, RESNET HERS Index certificate, IECC code compliance, greater home comfort and pride in home ownership. This program is for new homes only.
SimpleSaver (Direct Load Control - Residential): Get bill credits for helping the environment with this direct load control program. How does it work? A BGEnergy contractor installs a remote switch on your water heater (at least 40-gallon capacity) and/or air conditioning unit, and or pool pump, which allows us to cycle them on and off during times of peak usage -- when electricity is most expensive to generate and purchase.
- For each water heater, get a $10 bill credit in February.
- For each central air conditioning unit, get a $5 credit in June, July, August and September (total $20).
$10 ONE TIME SIGN ON BONUS FOR THOSE NOT CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING
In the long run, we all save with direct load control because it reduces demand. When demand goes down, we can delay construction of new generating units and reduce the need for purchased power, which is very expensive.
To learn more or enroll today, go to www.simplesaver.coop.
Button-Up Weatherization: Members may receive up to $1,370 for energy efficiency improvements, which include adding insulation, replacing windows and air sealing. Your home must be at least two years old and electrically heated to qualify for this rebate.
HVAC Duct Sealing: Members may receive $250 for sealing duct work. You may do the work yourself, or hire a contractor. A Blue Grass Energy representative will perform a duct leakage test before and after duct sealing. This program is for existing homes that are at least two years old.
Heat Pump Retrofit: Members may receive up to a $1,000 incentive for replacement of an existing heat source that must be either an electric furnace, baseboard heat, or ceiling cable heat, with a high-efficiency heat pump. The heat pump must be rated at 13 SEER/7.5 HSPF or higher.
AHRI RATING INCENTIVE
13 SEER/7.5 HSPF $500
14 SEER/8.0 HSPF $750
15 SEER/8.5 HSPF $1,000
This program is for existing homes that are least two years old and replacing electric resistance heat. New manufactured homes also apply.
All rebates are for electrically-heated, residential homes only. If you have questions regarding a multi-family unit, please call Roy Honican at (859) 885-2162.
For more information on any of these programs, call us toll free at (888) 546-4243 and ask for your local energy advisor.