~ November 2015 ~

Residents from across Jefferson County attended our Energy Savings Workshop Nov. 5. The event was co-sponsored by our weatherization partners, Appalachian Outreach and Clinch Powell Resource and Conservation Development.

Energy Savings in North Carolina

Our supporter list for energy efficiency from the High Country community continues to grow with the addition of several signatures from local businesses, churches and community members. 

Thanks in part to strong support from the community, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Cooperative has committed to offering on-bill financing for their members by early 2016. Our Energy Savings for Appalachia team is working with them to design a program that is accessible to low-income residents of the High Country.

We will continue our outreach to the neighboring electric membership cooperatives, including Surry-Yadkin EMC and French Broad EMC. If you are a member of one of these cooperatives, contact us at (828) 262-1500 for more information or to host a free energy efficiency workshop! 

Energy Savings in Tennessee 

Appalachian Electric is proving that East Tennessee can be a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy. With its new community solar program, free energy audits and leadership in developing energy efficiency programs, the small co-op is putting the needs of its members first. As stated in Appalachian Electric’s membership materials, “ … the Co-op is the people it serves. The members are the owners, plain and simple.” Learn more here. 

Public Hearing on the Clean Power Plan: Be Part of History in the Making!

The EPA’s Clean Power Plan final rule means more national and state emphasis on energy efficiency and renewables and less reliance on fossil fuels. Join other strong voices from the region on Nov. 19 in Atlanta to support the Clean Power Plan and help define what our energy future should look like, especially before the Climate Talks in Paris. We need a large crowd. Please join us! 
Free transportation: 
We are working with allies to fill a 55-person bus from Chattanooga, Tenn., leaving for the hearing November 19. If you want to attend, here are the steps:
1.  Register for carpooling to Chattanooga and for the bus. 
2.  Let us know you are coming – email Amy at amy.kelly@appvoices.org

Tips and Resources

Save $$ on Water Heating 

Water heating can account for about 18% of your total electric bill. Take action before winter sets in! The following DIY tips can help you save hundreds of dollars a year:
  • Install a low-flow showerhead or faucet to reduce the demand on your water heater.
  • Set your water heater temperature to 120°F. This is still within the comfortable range, reduces the risk of scalding, and reduces standby heat loss.
  • If your water heater is warm to the touch, consider outfitting it with an insulating jacket to reduce heat loss and save yourself up to 10% of your water heating costs.

 Visit energy.gov for more information! 



  1. Forward this email to 5 friends
  2. Sign a letter to your cooperative supporting energy efficiency
  3. Live in N.C.? Host a free energy efficiency workshop at your church or local community group -- contact sarah@appvoices.org to set one up!
  4. Send a letter to the local press expressing your support for home energy savings -- contact sarah@appvoices.org to get some tips.

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