ARTESIA — Central Valley Electric Cooperative in Artesia offers energy efficient rebates and programs for their members in Eddy and Chaves Counties.
Raelynn Bean member service representative said CVE offers home energy audits.
“We have contracted with a company that comes in and they do a complete energy audit of your home,” she said. “They do a blower door test and a duct blast test to see where you’re losing heating and cooling.”
Once the audit is done, Bean said the CVE member is given a complete report for things that passed the audit and for things that didn’t pass.
“Then they leave you with an energy efficiency kit that has some caulking and weatherization materials for you,” she said. “Then you can go in and address some of the problems that you have in order to make your home a little bit tighter.”
Bean said it is free to CVE members.
Those same members in the market for a new water heater may purchase a Marathon Water Heater from CVE.
“We sell these water heaters at 60 percent off the co-ops price,” she said. “These water heaters have got a lifetime warranty on the tank, the tank is made out of a type of plastic so it’s not going to rust and corrode like your metal tanks are.”
Bean added that CVE also offers rebates for heating and cooling along with air source heat pumps.
“Which is your more traditional heat pump what most people normally think of when they think of a heat pump,” she said.
Bean said CVE also offers rebates for ground source heat pumps. “That is geothermal technology where you use the constant temperature of the ground to heat and cool your home and is a much more efficient way to heat and cool your home.”
Bean said CVE’s building in Artesia is heated and cooled by geothermal methods.
“That’s really where our biggest rebate is as far as heating and cooling is the geothermal.”
Bean said the rebates are also good for industrial and commercial members of CVE, “to upgrade their lighting in their commercial and industrial facilities and we can come in and do a lighting assessment for you. We also work with a third party to give a quote and let you know what is going to be the best lighting solution for you.”
Bean said rebates are also available for new facilities that are being built.
The final rebate, according to Bean is for variable frequency drives.
“These are for motor and pump based systems,” she said.
Bean said CVE’s membership extends from just south of Artesia to just north of Roswell.
“If they are a member and receive an electric bill from Central Valley Electric, then they are eligible for these rebates and any program that we offer,” she said.
CVE members who live in Artesia, Roswell or Dexter can call the main office in Artesia at 746-3571. Members who live in Hagerman may call 752-3366.
General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at email@example.com.