Little Rock, Ark. — Sept. 30, 2013 —Kyle and Alisha Quenga of Fort Smith, Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative members, are excited now that their 35-year-old home has been transformed into an energy efficiency marvel by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. The Quengas are enjoying a comfortable home as they watch their electric bill drop.

The couple won the cooperatives’ $50,000 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest in August and since that time their 1,500 sq. ft. home has been transformed into a model of energy efficiency by the cooperatives’ team of professionals.

“The Quengas’ home was in bad shape with regard to energy efficiency components,” said Bret Curry, manager of energy marketing for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. “The heating and cooling system was in disrepair, the windows were a nightmare, the home had little to no insulation, the house had a tremendous amount of air infiltration and their electric bills were way too high for a house that size. By retrofitting a few key components and reducing the air infiltration a home’s comfort and energy efficiency can be dramatically improved.”

The 2013 makeover home received the following energy efficiency components:

  • A Water Furnace Envision-V geothermal heat pump;
  • An ultra-efficient General Electric Geospring hybrid water heater;
  • Energy-efficient WeatherBarr windows;
  • ENERGYSTAR®-rated appliances;
  • Foam encapsulated the attic and under the floor;
  • Compact fluorescent lights and LEDs;
  • 50 tubes of caulking and 20 cans expandable foam insulation; and
  • Foam gaskets insulation gaskets behind each light switch and receptacle.

According to Curry, the five previous energy efficiency makeover contest winners are experiencing approximately a 50 percent reduction in home energy consumption.

“The Quenga’s will join our five previous winners who are enjoying comfortable homes with lower electric bills,” Curry said. “The days of manipulating the thermostat, coming home to a hot and muggy living space, keeping the curtains drawn and all of the behaviors associated with sacrificing comfort to control costs are over. They’ll simply set the thermostat, leave it alone and enjoy a comfortable home with manageable electric bills.”

To view the steps involved in the 2013 energy efficiency makeover project, please visit: or the makeover Facebook page at:

Fort Smith family’s utility bills are shrinking

The project’s major sponsors include: WeatherBarr Windows of Fort Smith; General Electric Appliance and Water Heating divisions; Rood Heating and Air of Russellville; Water Furnace International Geothermal; Wholesale Electric of Fort Smith; 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