Much of the electricity that Tennessee residents and businesses use is generated by one utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA doesn’t sell electricity directly to consumers, but to distributor utilities such as cities, towns and rural electric cooperatives, which then re-sell it to residents and businesses. In electric co-ops, the customers are members who have equal ownership shares in the utility and a voice in how their co-op operates and what programs it offers.
Join us to help Tennessee families lower their energy bills and improve the comfort and value of their homes, support the local economy, and reduce our community’s impact on the environment. Contact Brianna Knisley, (865) 291-0083, ext 700, or brianna [at] appvoices.org
Energy efficiency is an effective, lasting way for residents to reduce their electricity use and save money. It also helps protect air and water quality and other natural resources by reducing the need for generating electricity from fossil fuels. Insulation, air sealing and other energy efficiency upgrades can lower electricity use by up to 40%. However, the high upfront cost of repairs remains a barrier for many residents.
Appalachian Voices has been working with Tennessee officials to design a state-wide on-bill financing program where the co-op would cover the upfront costs of energy efficiency upgrades. Residents would see immediate savings on their electric bill, a portion of which would go to re-pay the co-op. We are encouraging electric co-ops in East Tennessee to join this program.
Appalachian Electric Cooperative
Appalachian Voices is working with multiple local agencies and community service providers to conduct educational energy efficiency workshops in Appalachian Electric Cooperative’s (AEC) service territory. AEC is a leader in the effort to develop a statewide on-bill financing program for energy efficiency.
Ways To Save Now
Residents in Tennessee can complete a free eScore self-audit to learn ways to save money on their electric bills. Additionally, eligible residents can apply for financing through TVA or their local utility for energy efficient heat pumps and other household energy improvements. Unfortunately, those financing programs are not accessible for low-income residents who need help the most.