Piedmont Electric Offers Energy Star Home Rates

A new Energy Star residential rate is now available to member-consumers whose home meets Energy Star requirements.

HILLSBOROUGH, NC, January 13, 2011— A new “Energy Star” residential rate is now available to member-consumers of Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation.

To qualify for the rate, the consumer’s home must be certified, meeting guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20–30% more efficient than standard homes.

Energy Star qualified homes can include a variety of “tried-and-true” energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality and homeowner comfort, as well as lower energy demand, including:

• Effective Insulation

• High-Performance Windows

• Tight Construction and Ducts

• Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment

• Efficient Energy Star-rated appliances

With the help of independent Home Energy Raters (third-party verification), Energy Star builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes.

Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness and duct sealing details.

Member-consumers of the Cooperative and builders who are interested in learning more about the new Energy Star Home rate, please contact a Piedmont Electric representative.

Piedmont Electric, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, serves 32,000 member-consumers in Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties.