April 4, 2023
When it comes to helping customers improve energy efficiency, save money and reduce their environmental impacts, Starkville Utilities is a top performer.
As a Tennessee Valley Authority EnergyRight partner, Starkville Utilities earned third place in two Local Power Company Top Performer award categories—the New Homes Program and Home Energy Workshops.
“These awards represent our commitment to be more than a power provider—we’re helping customers manage energy use more effectively and lower their energy costs,” said Edward Kemp, general manager of Starkville Utilities. “EnergyRight also provides environmental benefits for the community, and we’re excited to offer these programs through our partnership with TVA.”
TVA recognized Starkville Utilities at the city board meeting on April 4.
“Starkville Utilities’ commitment to helping their neighbors is on full display with this award,” said Cindy Herron, vice president, TVA Energy Services & Programs. “We thank them for being a valued partner to TVA EnergyRight as we work to positively impact our communities.”
The EnergyRight New Homes Program offers incentives to approved builders to install electric equipment in residential construction projects. By participating in the program last year, Starkville Utilities added 431,049 kilowatt-hours of efficient energy to the grid while preventing 1,801 tons of annual carbon emissions.
Also last year, Starkville Utilities helped residential customers save 4,495 kilowatt-hours of electricity by offering free Home Energy Workshops at the Starkville Oktibbeha County School District Discovery Center. EnergyRight workshops throughout TVA’s seven-state region reduced 68 tons of carbon emissions in 2022.
Home Energy Workshops are hands-on, interactive sessions that focus on do-it-yourself tips to improve energy efficiency and lower bills. In addition, participants receive free “starter kits” containing foam spray, weatherstripping and other products to improve efficiency.
Workshops also are available for elementary and high school students and cover the basics of electricity and steps they can take to save energy.
Home Energy Workshops are tailored for the season in which they’re held to make the information as relevant and useful as possible. With warmer weather ahead, the following are examples of summertime strategies that can help customers reduce cooling bills:
Through its EnergyRight partnership with TVA, Starkville Utilities offers several energy-saving incentives and solutions for residential customers, including free home energy audits.
In late March, Starkville Utilities presented Home Energy Workshops at the Discovery Center , the Starkville Housing Authority, and local after school programs and more workshops will be announced for fall 2023. In the meantime, those interested in hosting or attending a future workshop are encouraged to contact Starkville Utilities at 662-323-3133.
Starkville Utilities is a public utility serving 14,000 residences, businesses and industries in Starkville, Mississippi as well as Mississippi State University. Its mission is to supply safe, reliable, and cost-effective electric and water service of superior quality and value that improves the lives of its customers.