Little Rock, Ark. — May 1, 2012 —The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas will sponsor the fifth $50,000 Energy Efficiency Home Makeover Contest for electric cooperative members. The program began in 2007.

“The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas are committed to helping our members manage energy consumption,” said Doug White, vice president of systems services for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “Our goal is to educate members about energy efficiency components and measures that can help them save energy, live comfortably and reduce their electricity bills.”

To enter, contestants must complete an entry form, answer questions about their residence, submit a photograph of their home and be a cooperative member in good standing. In addition to the grand prizewinner, 16 runner-ups receive the only Energy Star approved electric water heater, the GE GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater.

The deadline for entries is July 15. Entrants must reside in Arkansas, be a member of a participating Arkansas electric cooperative and own and occupy an all-electric home.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas sponsor the $50,000 Energy Efficiency Home Makeover Contest to educate electric cooperative members and the general public about how investing in proven energy efficiency building science will reap long-term dividends like lower utility bills, improved home comfort and conservation without sacrificing modern conveniences.

While only one homeowner can win, thousands who followed past makeover projects and are now enjoying the benefits of energy efficiency from applying the makeover components to their homes; one at a time. “With this year’s contest, we will reach $250,000 in energy efficiency home improvements for contest winners,” White said. “That’s in addition to the savings that our members benefit from by following the progress of the makeover and implementing the energy-saving measures in their homes.”

Over the next few weeks Makeover 2012, will be promoted via television, radio, newspapers, social media and Arkansas Living in an effort to reach the cooperatives’ nearly 500,000 members. Applications can be obtained at or by visiting a local electric cooperative office.

To view photos, videos and information from previous Energy Efficiency Home Makeovers, go to:

The project’s major sponsors include: WeatherBarr Windows of Fort Smith; General Electric Appliance, Water Heating and Lighting Divisions; Rood Heating and Air of Russellville; Water Furnace Geothermal; BPSi Foam Insulation; and Doug Rye.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides various services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to more than 500,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or