Residential Products & Services offered by MEC:
Conservation is more important than ever nowadays. MEC offers rebates and tips to our members for installing energy-saving measures and adjusting their lifestyles to make their homes more efficient.
Appliances - ENERGY STAR® is the symbol for energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances use less energy than conventional products. MEC proudly promotes ENERGY STAR and offers rebates for qualifying appliances.
Heat Pumps - Rebates are available to members who add a qualifying heat pump to their current heating system, replace their old heat pump with a new qualifying one, or install one with new construction. Today’s electric heat pumps offer clean, safe, reliable comfort all year long, and are by far the most efficient heating and cooling systems available.
Heat Pump Water Heaters - Heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) use electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. Therefore, they can be two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric resistance water heaters. To move the heat, heat pumps work like a refrigerator in reverse. There are rebates available for qualifying Heat Pump Water Heaters.
Duct Sealing - An OSU Extension Energy Services study has concluded that duct sealing can cut the cost of heating and cooling by an average of 30%. MEC offers rebates for Performance Tested Comfort Systems (PTCS) duct sealing.
Windows - Rebates are available for MEC members who install qualifying energy efficient windows. They must have electric heat as their primary heating system and their home must be fully insulated.
Weatherization - Weatherization program rebates are available for homeowners in retrofitting their homes to make them more energy efficient. Residential members with electric heat as their primary heating sytem qualify for the program.
Manufactured Homes - ENERGY STAR® rebates are available for new electrically heated manufactured homes built to NEEM/ENERGY STAR specifications.
Conservation Tips – View a few conservation tips to assist you in saving energy.
Free Energy Audits are available to our residential and commercial members to educate them on ways to save energy and money in their homes or businesses. Energy ideas like increasing insulation, high performance lighting, the quality of their windows & doors, proper ventilation requirements, heating & cooling system tips, and more. For additional information on rebates available, or to schedule a FREE energy audit, contact the Marketing & Communications Department.
What is Green Power?
Green Power, or renewable energy is produced by resources that are replenished naturally and minimize harm to the environment.
Where does this power come from?
MEC has signed a contract to purchase a type of green power called Environmentally Preferred Power (EPP) from Bonneville Power Administration. EPP is generated from 100% wind energy that have a no impact on fish and wildlife and do not pollute.
The power is generated from wind farms primarily located along the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, Washington. All EPP power has been endorsed by three leading Northwest environmental groups. (The National Resources Defense Council, Renewable Northwest Project, and the Northwest Energy Coalition)
How will I know that I am receiving Green Power?
We cannot guarantee that "green" electrons will reach your home or business, but we can guarantee that the amount you purchase will be delivered to the Northwest power grid.
How will this affect my electric bill?
How much extra you pay depends on the quantity of green power you sign up for. The cost is in addition to your regular electric charges. You can choose the quantity in 100 kWh blocks with a minimum purchase requirement of two blocks (200 kWh represents 15% of the average monthly residential usage). The cost for 200 kWh is $5.00 per month.
If you are a business member, contact us for how you can buy green power for your own business.
Our Green Power Business Members are:
Bonneville Power Administration
Midstate Electric Cooperative
JETW Co. Inc.
Sunriver Nature Center
Sunriver Owners Association Administration and Police Facility
Does this project make a difference?
Yes. By supporting green power, you are helping the planet by offsetting the need to generate more non-renewable electricity. You are embracing the opportunity to make a difference not for today, but for generations to come.