MURRAY — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), in partnership with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, West Kentucky Allied Services and West Kentucky RECC, today celebrated the completion of extensive energy efficiency upgrades to twenty-five homes through the Kentucky Home Uplift initiative.
The initiative delivers energy upgrades to economically challenged residents in the area to help ease their energy burden and improve their comfort, safety and health. Improvements include updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units, attic insulation, duct and air sealing, energy efficient water heaters and clean air improvements.
“It is a privilege to work alongside state and local partners to bring the Home Uplift program to western Kentucky,” said Cindy Herron, vice president of EnergyRight Solutions at TVA. “This program gets to the core of TVA’s mission to serve the people of the Valley to make life better, so we’re always looking for new partners to expand the program and help even more families live more comfortably in their homes.”
More than $200,000 was raised for the initiative in Western Kentucky, with $105,000 awarded from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and a $100,000 match from TVA. The initiative is supported by West Kentucky Allied Services and West Kentucky RECC, who manage participant qualifications and intake. TVA, through their partnership with CLEAResult, manages the contractor network and home audits.
“This initiative is a great example of the power of partnerships,” said Rick Bender, Executive Director of the Office of Energy Policy. “After awarding grant funds to fulfill the goals and objectives of this important project, we are proud to celebrate with the families who have benefited from home energy efficiency upgrades. We’re proud to have played a role in helping improve their quality of life.”
West Kentucky RECC also appreciates the initiative’s alignment with the electric cooperative model and values. “This initiative aligns perfectly to one of the seven cooperative principles: concern for our community. Providing efficiency upgrades allows those members to capitalize on the energy savings and health benefits over the course of time,” said Corey Belcher, Energy Programs Engineer at West Kentucky RECC.
The celebration took place at the home of initiative participant Carol White in Murray.
“This is a great program,” White said. “Elderly people (or people on a fixed income) we can’t stay in our homes if we don’t have help keeping them up. But this program gave that help and now I can help take care of my daughter and granddaughter, and in the future, maybe someone else. It really does make a difference to us.”