Dixie Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, offers the Energy Resources Conservation (ERC) loan to residential customers pursue energy efficiency measures. The program allows a maximum loan of $5,000 at a 5% interest rate. Funds can be used for improvements, upgrades, gas to electric conversions, or installation of a heat pump system. The payments for the loan are added to the customers' monthly utility bill and can be spread over a maximum of 60 months. Customers may be subject to a credit review and approval. For more information view the web site listed above.
The Biomass Energy Program assists businesses in installing biomass energy systems. Program participants receive up to $75,000 in interest subsidy payments to help defray the interest expense on loans to install approved biomass projects. Technical assistance is also available through the program.
''Much of the information presented in this summary is drawn from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program and the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP). For more detailed information about building energy codes, visit the [http://www.energycodes.gov/states/ DOE] and [http://bcap-ocean.org/ BCAP] web sites.''
Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Electric Cooperative, offers the Touchstone Energy Home Program. Touchstone Energy Homes with a dual-fuel or geothermal heat pump qualify for rebates and a free water heater. In order to qualify as a Touchstone Energy Home, homes must follow seven of the 11 guidelines listed on the [http://www.caec.coop/cms/content/view/345/190/ program web site]. Rebates range from $400 to $1,200, depending on tonnage and system type.
Cherokee Electric Coop offers loans to residential customers for making energy efficiency improvements. In association with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the Energy Right program offers loans for residential customers to build new energy efficieny homes and also for the purchase of heat pumps and water heaters. Loans for heat pumps are conveniently added to the monthly power bill. Please contact Cherokee Electric Coop for specific details.