Little Rock, Ark. — May 1, 2013 —Increased comfort and lower utility bills could be just a click away for electric cooperative members in Arkansas as they are eligible to win the 2013 Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas $50,000 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest.

“The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Energy Efficiency Makeover contest has proven to be a great avenue to educate our members about energy efficiency and methods to help them live more comfortably, while reducing their electricity bills,” said Sandra Byrd, vice president of member and public relations for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “The Arkansas program has served as a model for other similar programs across the United States.”

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. 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.

In addition to the grand prize winner, 16 runner-ups will receive an Energy Star approved GE GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater.

“Our human instinct guides us to adjust the thermostat in order to manage our utility bills,” said Bret Curry, manager of residential energy marketing for the cooperatives. “The net effect is sacrificed comfort. New homes or retrofitted existing homes that are built with properly installed energy efficiency components and measures result in a very comfortable home with manageable utility bills.”

Over the next few weeks Makeover 2013, 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: Harry G. Barr/WeatherBarr Windows of Fort Smith; General Electric Appliance and Water Heating divisions; Rood Heating and Air of Russellville; Water Furnace International Geothermal; and BPSi Foam Insulation.

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