The Home Energy Contest application period is now closed. For additional resources on weatherizing your home, contact Lauren Essick at or 828-262-1500.

The Appalachian Voices Energy Savings Team is hosting a home makeover energy contest to help residents in the High Country region of North Carolina reduce their energy costs and make their homes more comfortable. Five families will win home energy audits and one grand prize winner will receive $4,000 in home upgrades. Learn more and apply below!

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Receive energy from and be a member of Blue Ridge Energy (BRE)
  • Live in the High Country
  • Be a full-time resident of the house you live in
  • Be unable to finance the cost of home energy improvements yourself as a result of limited disposable income or inability to access loans and other financing
  • Agree to have your name and pictures of your house used on social media, online, and in print
  • Possibly attend up to two events in June/July 2018 to speak about your experience to small groups
  • Be able to demonstrate a need for home energy efficiency upgrades (e.g. under-insulated home, high electricity bills relative to income, lack of comfort in the home, etc)
  • Allow Appalachian Voices to review your next 12 energy bills after improvements are made to track decreases in energy use.

** If you might qualify for free federal weatherization and heating assistance (your household income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level), Appalachian Voices will put you in contact with the appropriate Community Action Agency. The programs administered by your local agency are able to provide a more comprehensive home weatherization retrofit than that funded by this contest. For more information, contact the agency that provides weatherization assistance in your county:
Ashe, Alleghany, and Wilkes Counties: Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, (336) 667-7174
Avery and Watauga Counties: W.A.M.Y. Community Action, 1-800-571-WAMY (9260)


Five semi-finalists will be chosen to receive a home energy audit

One grand prize winner will receive a home energy retrofit worth at least $4,000

Read about past winners of the Home Energy Makeover!

The Home Makeover Energy Contest will:
  • Save you money on your energy bills
  • Make your home more comfortable during cold winters and hot summers
  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Increase the resale value of your home
  • Increase your understanding of how energy is used in your home
The Home Energy Makeover may include:
  • Duct sealing and/or repair
  • Weatherization, air sealing, and insulation
  • Efficient lighting and appliance upgrades

Spread the Word

Know of a place or some people who would qualify for the contest? Download our printable flyer to share!

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