ECI REC member-consumers have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to energy efficiency. That trend continued in 2013, when members built all-electric homes, supported renewable energy, and took advantage of Cooperative energy-efficiency rebates.
ECI REC co-hosted two Model Home open houses with Steve and Barb Manternach and Mark and Nichole Recker. The homes demonstrated the benefits of all-electric home building in the areas of environment, indoor air quality, personal safety and security, and energy efficiency.
Through our Support Renewable Energy Program, an average of 119 ECI REC members contributed an average of $4.05 a month to support the development of renewable energy in Iowa, like wind turbines, in 2013.
Another way we support renewable energy is by connecting members who have their own energy-production facilities to our system. In 2013, the Cooperative worked with two additional members to bring our total number of renewable energy interconnections up to 22.
Members also saved big—3,567,744 kWh—by utilizing ECI REC energy rebates. This exceeded the 2013 energy-efficiency goal, and is an increase of over 357,011 kWh more than last year’s total. How did our members save all that electricity? The bulk of the savings came from the installation of energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, lighting, water heaters, and home appliances, as well as recycling old, inefficient refrigerators, freezers, and window air conditioners. In total, the Cooperative paid out 113 rebates totaling $10,540 in 2013.
If you want to save on your electric bill, visit our Rebates & Incentives page or call the ECI REC Urbana office toll free at 877-850-4343.