Little Rock, Ark. — Aug. 8, 2013 — Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative members Kyle and Alisha Quenga of Fort Smith have won the Sixth Annual Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas $50,000 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest.

Their 1,500 sq. ft. home, built in 1979, uses more energy than it should on any given day. During a recent energy audit, electric cooperative energy efficiency experts pinpointed the major causes for Quenga’s high usage level and extremely uncomfortable home.

“Our diagnostic testing revealed that more than 70 percent of the air volume within the home was leaking to the outside every minute of each day,” said Bret Curry, manager of residential marketing for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “We also discovered substandard insulation levels, inefficient windows, dramatic ductwork leakage, an older inefficient heating and cooling system and non-Energy Star appliances. Combine all of these circumstances and you have a very uncomfortable home with very high utility bills. The good news is our makeover project is a wonderful medium for teaching Arkansans how they can resolve their energy problems, improve the comfort of their homes and lower their utility costs.”

The Energy Efficiency Makeover team and sponsors will begin work on the home immediately. The Quengas will receive an ultra-efficient Water Furnace geothermal heat pump installed by Rood Heating and Air. High-efficiency windows will be provided by the Harry G. Barr Company. General Electric will furnish Energy Star appliances and a GeoSpring Hybrid water heater. Building Performance Solutions will install Demilac Sealection 500 expanding foam in the crawlspace and attic. Once the makeover is complete a post makeover energy audit will be completed to determine the home’s new level of efficiency.

A record 2,800 applications were submitted for the contest. In addition to the grand-prize winner, 16 runners-up will receive 50-gallon GE Hybrid water heaters.

Winners of 50-gallon GE Hybrid water heaters are:

  • Vivian Cooley, Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative of Hamburg;
  • Steve Orr, C & L Electric Cooperative of Star City;
  • Gregory Bolin, Carroll Electric Cooperative of Berryville;
  • Sidney McFarlin, Clay County Electric Cooperative of Corning;
  • Darcey Norrid, Craighead Electric Cooperative of Jonesboro;
  • Bobby Mitchell, Farmers Electric Cooperative of Newport;
  • Roselyn Ballard, First Electric Cooperative of Jacksonville;
  • Darrin Lloyd, Mississippi County Electric Cooperative of Blytheville;
  • Jerry and Janet Dickerson, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Salem;
  • Amanda Clemons, Ouachita Electric Cooperative of Camden;
  • Bill Andrews, Ozarks Electric Cooperative of Fayetteville;
  • Linda Moore, Petit Jean Electric Cooperative of Clinton;
  • Russell and Debbie Welch, Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative of Mena;
  • Damon Williams, South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Arkadelphia;
  • Eva Anderson, Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Texarkana; and
  • James Heath, Woodruff Electric Cooperative of Forrest City.

$50,000 Makeover Winner

Progress on the winning home can be tracked at or the makeover Facebook page at:

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 of Mountain Home.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides 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 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

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