PO Box 216 :: Colman, SD 57017
PO Box 216 :: Colman, SD 57017
Energy Makeover Contest
"12 MONTH CHALLENGE TO SAVE MONEY AND WIN BIG"
You could be a winner! The Energy Makeover Contest gives you twelve chances to win valuable prizes to enhance efficiency and conservation efforts in your home or business. Each month we will focus on a new topic to help you learn how little changes can help you save big! The information gathered will help Sioux Valley Energy continue to educate our members about energy saving practices, safety, and ensure the programs we offer meet your needs.
Challenge Month #5 - Warm Up with Weatherization
Is it time to do an energy assessment of your home to determine weatherization improvements that can make your home more efficient and comfortable? Insulation and window deficiencies are the most common source of a drafty home.
Adding insulation to your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to make a home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Insulation plays a key role in lowering your utility bills by retaining heat during the winter and keeping heat out during the summer. You can reduce your heating and cooling costs by an average of 15 percent by adding insulation in attics, walls, floors, basements and crawls spaces. “R-Value” refers to heat resistance. In our climate zone, R-49 is recommended for attics, R-13 in walls, R-30 under floors, and R-25 for crawl space and basement walls.
Do your windows and exterior doors need some attention or replacing? If you have single-pane windows but do not want to invest in replacing them, consider adding storm windows to increase their efficiency. You can also add weatherstrip and caulk to your old windows and doors to seal up air leaks. Insulating with draperies is also a low-cost quick fix to drafty windows. If your windows and doors are in poor condition, don’t function well, and you’re in the market for new ones altogether, choose energy-star certified products tailored for the northern climate zone to shave heating, cooling, and lighting costs year-round. Look at the U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient to find products that meet the standard in our region. In colder climates, “low-e” coatings on glass can help reduce heat loss through windows. According to the Department of Energy, replacing old windows with energy-star rated ones can cut a home’s energy bill seven to fifteen percent.
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A HOME ENERGY AUDIT INCLUDING INFRARED IMAGING AND A BLOWER DOOR TEST ($250 VALUE)! IN ADDITION, RECEIVE A REBATE UP TO 50% OR A MAXIMUM OF $1,000 FOR ANY WEATHERZATION IMPROVEMENTS YOU MAKE SUCH AS ADDING INSULATION OR REPLACING WINDOWS AND EXTERIOR DOORS. Please complete the entry form and hit submit.
*The audit will be provided by a third-party contractor and the winner will receive a comprehensive report. The member must complete the weatherization rebate form, attach invoices and provide energy star verification for windows or doors to be eligible for the rebate. Please complete the entry below and mail to Sioux Valley Energy, Energy Makeover Contest, PO Box 216, Colman, SD 57017. The entry is also available online at www.siouxvalleyenergy.com. One entry per member.
Challenge Month Five entry must be received by February 28th to be eligible for the drawing.