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Engaging Members of Electric Cooperatives

Our Energy Savings team has been working to educate, organize and provide technical support to member-owners who want to increase participation in their rural electric cooperatives.

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High winter energy bills got you down?

Thousands of families see their energy costs skyrocket in winter, leaving many struggling to pay their bills. Here’s a basic overview of electric bills and how energy use translates to the balance you see on your bill.

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MLK Day of Service

On Saturday, January 20, students at Appalachian State University joined with Appalachian Voices for the annual MLK Challenge, a day of community outreach in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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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Serving residents by saving energy

Students at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. spent a recent Saturday volunteering with Appalachian Voices and others to give two local homes an energy efficiency boost. The work was part of the school’s 18th annual MLK Challenge. “They caught energy leaks I knew nothing about,” said Faith Wright of Vilas, N.C., who was grateful for the volunteer energy of what she called the “student worker bees.”

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French Broad communities broadly support on-bill financing

Community members in the French Broad electric co-op service area in western NC attend a forum on energy efficiency.

Our recent “French Broad Community Energy Forum” in western North Carolina brought together more than 60 residents and representatives of local government, community service agencies, and businesses to learn and talk about the advantages of providing upfront financing for residents to make home energy efficiency improvements.

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Boone community comes together to tackle energy waste

At the first-ever Boone Energy Stakeholder Meeting, Appalachian Voices and other stakeholders took an important first step toward identifying solutions that could help tackle the problem of energy waste for the Town of Boone.

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