There are several home makeover shows that play out on television sets across the country, each showing a lucky homeowner returning to their once in-need abode to find a dream home in its place. The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is sponsoring the Ultimate Energy Efficiency Home Makeover Contest, a contest that will transform a house into an energy efficient green machine.
"Our goal is to continue to educate our members about energy efficiency practices for their homes," said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. "The cooperatives have always focused on energy efficiency promotions and efforts, so the energy efficiency home makeover is a natural step in our efforts."
There are nearly 480,000 cooperative members across the state and contest officials are making a strong effort to get the word out by marketing on television, radio and the Internet.
The grand prize winner could receive up to $50,000 worth of energy-efficiency improvements to create a more comfortable home with lower utility bills.
To enter, contestants are asked to fill out and sign the required entry form, answer a few energy-oriented questions about their homes take a photograph of their home and include a copy of their electric bills.
"Our goal is to utilize this contest to make consumers even more aware of the potential savings that can be found through energy efficiency practices," White said. "Items such as cellulose insulation, Marathon water heaters, high efficiency heating and cooling systems and insulated windows and doors are a few of the items that will be included in the home makeover."
The makeover home will receive a complete pre- and post-diagnostic energy audit, including a blower door test and infrared thermography.
To qualify for entry, individuals must live in Arkansas, have all-electric homes, be at least 18 years old, a cooperative member, a legal resident and own the home.
Area finalists will be selected by NAEC while other area cooperatives will select the remaining finalists. Arkansas currently has 17 cooperatives and accordingly will have 17 finalists. Sixteen finalists will receive a free energy efficient Marathon water heater.
The selection process will involve an application screening aimed at identifying homes that use the most energy and that can benefit the most from the installation of energy efficient measures. Other factors will include actual past energy use, size of the home, number of occupants, years of residence, style of home, age of home and usual energy uses.
To enter, individuals need to make a copy of the most recent electric bill, take an exterior photo of the home, download and complete the entry form and mail it to: The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, P.O. Box 194208 Little Rock, AR, 27219.
The entry form can be downloaded from http://makeover.ecark.org. Winners will be announced July 31.
For more information, contact North Arkansas Electric Cooperative at 870-895-3221.