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The Efficiency Award Goes To…

Published On: March 31, 2014

Touchstone Energy was pleased to be a part of the 2014 Midwest Residential Energy Conference in Lexington, KY, a conference promoting energy efficiency through the education of building science. As a education track sponsor, Touchstone Energy had six sessions focusing on national programs, Geothermal application, mobile-home weatherization and more.

While there, we were able to hear from well known speakers in the general sessions and attend the East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s annual award ceremony for energy programs. And here are the results:


1) Most Touchstone Energy Homes

Congratulations to Blue Grass Energy for building the most Touchstone Energy New Homes on its system in 2013. Blue Grass Energy certified and HERS rated 106 new homes during 2013. Thank you, Blue Grass Energy, for your dedication to high efficiency new homes. (Pictured: Barry Drury)

2) Most Button Ups
Congratulations to Farmers RECC for weatherizing 137 homes during 2013. Thank you, Farmers RECC, for your dedication to improving energy efficiency in existing homes.

3) Dedication to Affordable Housing
Fleming-Mason Energy would like to honor Dave Kreher of People’s Self Help Housing of Vanceburg, KY. Since 1982 Dave and his staff have been dedicated to affordable energy efficiency housing and have helped hundreds of families realize the dream of home ownership.

4) Smith Family Homes for 100% Touchstone Energy New Homes
Nolin RECC recognizes Clay Smith with Smith Family Homes for certifying 100% of his homes as Touchstone Energy Homes. On average. Clay’s homes have a HERS index score in the 40’s.
Brantingham Builder for “Lowest HERS Index”
Nolin RECC also recognizes Paul Brantingham with Brantingham Builders for building the home with the lowest HERS index score, 46, in Nolin’s service territory.

5) 100% ENERGY STAR New Homes
South Kentucky RECC honors KY Highlands Investment Corporation for certifying 100% of their homes in 2013 as ENERGY STAR New Homes.

6) Meritorious Conduct
Blue Grass Energy recognizes Jeff Gale of Gale Property Management for his commitment to the community. Jeff is building a home that all proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

7) Most Touchstone Energy New Homes (Builder)
Partnership Housing has built 13 news homes with a policy of all homes being built to have a HERS Index score of 55 or less. 2014 goals include building 10 or more homes with these standards.

Touchstone Energy is proud of our cooperative systems and their commitment to energy efficiency in our communities and around the nation. To learn more about our programs visit TouchstoneEnergy.com or visit TogetherWeSave.com

Joshua McGhee
Project Coordinator, Energy Programs
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

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