2012 Efficiency Makeover Winners


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Congratulations - Lee and Berthella Thomas

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Lee and Berthella Thomas of Palestine, members of Woodruff Electric Cooperative, are the winners of the 2012 Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas $50,000 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest.

The 1,800-square-foot home, built in 1956,  will receive comprehensive pre- and post-diagnostic energy audits, including a blower door test, duct blaster test and infrared thermography. The home will receive energy-saving transformations, including sealing the building envelope, a foam insulation encapsulated attic, a General Electric GeoSpring Hybrid water heater, Energy Star appliances, an ultra-efficient Water Furnace geothermal heating and cooling system, Harry G. Barr high-efficiency windows and high efficiency lighting.

Approximately 2,000 applications were submitted for the contest. In addition to the grand-prize winner, 16 runners-up will receive high-efficiency GE Hybrid water heaters.

Winners of free GE GeoSpring Hybrid water heaters are:

  • Rhonda J. Fredrick, Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative of Ozark;
  • Frank Rawls, Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative of Hamburg;
  • Wesley Green, C & L Electric Cooperative of Star City;
  • Michael Babus, Carroll Electric Cooperative of Berryville;
  • Spring Young, Clay County Electric Cooperative of Corning;
  • James Holt, Craighead Electric Cooperative of Jonesboro;
  • Ron Hutchison, Farmers Electric Cooperative of Newport;
  • Arran Whitaker, First Electric Cooperative of Jacksonville;
  • McArthur Hampton, Mississippi County Electric Cooperative of Blytheville;
  • David Moore, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Salem;
  • Peggy Doherty, Ouachita Electric Cooperative of Camden;
  • Brian Persing, Ozarks Electric Cooperative of Fayetteville;
  • Nancy Vinnes, Petit Jean Electric Cooperative of Clinton;
  • Edward Piekert, Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative of Mena;
  • Brenda Barham, South Central Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Arkadelphia; and
  • Steve Sims, Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Texarkana.

Participating Sponsors

  • BPSi Foam Insulation of Mountain Home
  • Doug Rye
  • General Electric Appliance, Lighting and Hybrid Water Heater divisions
  • Rood Heating and Air of Russellville
  • WaterFurnace Geothermal
  • WeatherBarr Windows of Fort Smith

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