Perspective: Right from the Start
Over the years, I’ve had my share of house-hunting experiences. There’s always a moment when you arrive at a potential new home to admire what you see from the outside. Most people refer to it as the “curb appeal” – the landscaping, front door, windows and perhaps a garage. Once inside, you may notice amenities, room sizes and layout of the house. What isn’t as easy to determine is whether that home was designed with energy efficiency in mind.
When people think of an “energy efficient” home they may point to appliances – like refrigerators, washers and dryers. But, to make a home truly energy efficient, it’s best to start from the ground up. That’s where home builders play a significant role in constructing homes that support proper heating and cooling systems – the single, largest share of home energy bill costs.
At Jackson EMC, we’ve partnered with local builders for decades to construct high-quality, energy efficient homes in our service area. In turn, our members benefit from lower electric bills. Our Right Choice new homes program is unique in the building industry for its high standards for energy efficient construction. I’m proud to say we have certified more than 10,000 homes in the Right Choice new homes program.
Why is that important? Over the past couple of decades, our service area has included counties named as some of the fastest growing counties in the country by the Census Bureau. As more residents moved to our area, more houses were built. When these new homes were constructed as Right Choice homes, their builders made enhancements to ensure maximum energy efficiency for heating and cooling. In turn, their homeowners received Jackson EMC’s lowest residential rate. What’s great about this program is that homeowners continue to benefit from their energy efficient home year after year with lower bills.
It’s also impressive that despite adding 20,000 new members since 2015, our kilowatt sales have remained about the same since that time. Along with our Right Choice new homes program, our kilowatt sales have been stable thanks to members taking energy efficiency to heart. It’s evident that our members use the energy saving tips we share to keep their power bills at a minimum while helping your cooperative keep costs stable for all of our members.
As our area continues to grow, we’ll encourage more builders to construct housing under the Right Choice program for energy efficiency. It’s not only a great start for homeowners but helps your cooperative keep its costs lower too.
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