Palestine Family’s Home Receives Energy Efficiency Makeover

Little Rock, Ark. — Sept. 28, 2012 — In August, Lee and Berthella Thomas of Palestine, members of Woodruff Electric Cooperative, learned that they had won the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas 2012 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest. In about four weeks their home was transformed into a model of energy efficiency.

During a four-week makeover process, the 1,800 sq. ft. home received the following energy efficiency applications:

  • Water Furnace geothermal heat pump was installed by Rood Heating & Air of Russellville;
  • A GE Geospring hybrid water heater was installed;
  • Energy-efficient Weatherbarr windows were furnished by Harry G. Barr of Fort Smith;
  • ENERGYSTAR®-rated appliances were supplied by General Electric;
  • Foam insulation was installed by Tommy Gracy/BPSI Foam Insulators;
  • Incandescent lights were replaced with compact fluorescent lights;
  • 75 tubes of caulk and 24 cans expandable foam were applied.

“We are committed to educating consumers about energy efficiency,” said Bret Curry, manager of energy marketing for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “The makeover contest is one of several methods that are used to assist consumers in lowering their electricity usage, while increasing the comfort of their homes.”

Curry said incremental energy efficiency investments by consumers can result in substantial savings over time.

A big area of savings for the Thomas family will be in the home’s HVAC system. Curry said the geothermal systems will only use an average of 13 to 15 kilowatts ($1.30 – $1.50) daily to heat and cool the home.

The measures incorporated into the makeover project are available at The site includes a weekly project update, videos and other energy efficiency tips.

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 approximately 500,000 members, or customers, in Arkansas and surrounding states.

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