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Blue Grass Energy receives Energy Star partnership award

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By The Staff

 Blue Grass Energy announced today that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2009 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award.

 This award recognizes Blue Grass Energy’s efforts to promote energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by sponsoring an ENERGY STAR for New Homes program in its service area last year.

 Blue Grass Energy first began using Energy Star guidelines for its Touchstone Energy Home program in 2005. BGEnergy members get a free home energy rating (HERS), valued at $500.

 Since then, Residential Services Coordinator Roy Honican has worked to develop relationships with local builders and experts on the national level. BGEnergy brought Sam Rashkin, the national director of ENERGY STAR for Homes, to Lexington in 2008 to educate builders and realtors on the Energy Star program and again this year to talk about the 2011 Energy Star standards.

“Blue Grass Energy is proud to be a front runner in promoting energy-efficient construction of new homes and teaching members to use energy wisely in their existing homes,” said President & CEO Dan Brewer. “We’re honored to receive this award, and we’ll continue to bring our members and our communities the energy solutions they need.”

 To earn the Energy Star rating, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the EPA. These homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to local code and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20 percent to 30 percent more efficient than standard homes.

 Energy Star qualified homes offer homebuyers energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products, and third-party verification.

 For information on building a Touchstone Energy Home with Energy Star standards or general energy-efficiency tips, visit www.bgenergy.com/savingcenter.aspx.

 Blue Grass Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving more than 55,000 member-owners in 23 central and north-central Kentucky counties. A Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Blue Grass Energy is headquartered in Nicholasville and has district offices in Cynthiana, Lawrenceburg and Richmond. For more news and information, visit www.bgenergy.com.