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Get to know the Energy Savings team and what drives our work

Our Energy Savings campaign works to expand energy efficiency and empower members of electric cooperatives. Learn about our campaign and why each member of our team is passionate about this work.

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Upgrade your home without breaking the bank

In Alleghany County, N.C., Christian Lannie used Blue Ridge Energy’s Energy SAVER loan program to finance home upgrades that make his family’s home more comfortable in the winter while lowering electric bills.

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Energized by Efficiency: SOCM members and their dedication to reducing energy waste

Over the last two years, SOCM’s Cumberland County Chapter has advocated for on-bill financing program for energy efficiency at their electric co-op, Volunteer Energy Cooperative.

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Volunteer Task Force

Energy Efficiency Task Force Volunteer Night

Get involved with Appalachian Voices to educate Western North Carolina residents about decreasing energy waste!

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Former Coal Company Town Integrates Energy Efficiency and Solar

By Dan Radmacher Powering a coal museum with solar panels is the kind of news story that attracts attention, as the city of Benham, Ky., discovered. “It’s put us on the map internationally,” says former Benham Power Board chairman Roy

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NC Counties Pass Resolutions in Favor of Energy Efficiency

Buncombe County’s Board of Commissioners

Three counties in the French Broad Electric Membership Corporation service territory have passed resolutions encouraging the electric co-op to develop a tariffed on-bill financing program that would help the co-op’s members afford home energy efficiency improvements.

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In Tennessee, Powell Valley Electric Co-op members speak out

Bee keepers in Claiborne Co., Tenn.

Electric co-ops are governed by boards who are democratically elected, and therefore supposedly responsive to their customers, who are also co-owners of these utilities. The Powell Valley Electric Cooperative in east Tennessee has stirred grave concern with its herbicide spraying policy, and members are speaking out.

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County commissioners pass resolutions to support energy efficiency

Buncombe County’s Board of Commissioners

Buncombe County, N.C. passed a resolution encouraging the local electric cooperative to develop a program that would help thousands of people in the area afford home energy efficiency improvements.

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Empower Kentucky Plan Would Create Jobs, Boost Energy Efficiency

A new plan by Kentuckians For The Commonwealth sets a path for the state to reduce its carbon footprint, increase social justice, create jobs and boost the economy.

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Marching for Science and Climate and Other Shorts

Appalachian Voices was proud to join hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents who marched in Washington and around the nation for science and for the climate. We also released a new study on energy efficiency in Western North Carolina.

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