Volunteer Energy Cooperative - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program

July 17, 2009


Volunteer Energy Cooperative, in collaboration with, The Tennessee Valley Authority, offers incentives for its residential customers to inhabit energy efficient homes through their energy right Program. Rebates are available for energy efficient water heaters and new energy right homes. New homes must meet the following program standards:

  • Home must have been completed for no more than 12 months
  • Home must be all-electric (electric heating and cooling, water heating, dryer, etc.)
  • Homes must be stick-built
  • Home must have a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating of 83 or better, typically including…
    • R-30 insulation in the attic
    • R-19 insulation in a cathedral ceiling
    • R-13 insulation in outside walls
    • R-19 floor insulation
    • Windows with a U-value of .5 or lower (prefer low e glass)
    • Heat pump with a SEER rating of 12 or higher
    • Not more than 12.5% glass
    • Agree to a TVA approved inspection
To apply for the rebate, customers should complete the New Home Inspection form after permanent power is connected to the dwelling and the heating and cooling system is operational, and return it to their local VEC office or mail it to the VEC Marketing and Economic Development Department. Rebates will be disbursed as a credit on the customers' electric bill.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Tennessee
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.vec.org/articles.aspx?categID=6
Administrator: Volunteer Energy Cooperative
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Water Heaters
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Incentive Amount: Water Heater: $30
New Efficient Home: $50
Eligible System Size: Water Heater: Must be 40 gallons or more
Equipment Requirements: Many design standards must be met to qualify for the whole-house rebate. See summary below.


Name: Marketing and Economic Development Department
Organization: Volunteer Energy Cooperative
Address: PO Box 277
Decatur TN 37322
Phone: (423) 334-1020
Email: vec@vec.org

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.