Tri-State, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the Western Area Power Administration teamed up to sponsor the Touchstone Energy Residential Energy Auditing Course earlier this month. Attended by 42 representatives of electric cooperatives, the two-and-a-half day training course set attendance records. Instructed by Jim Herritage, CEM, the class provided the necessary tools to perform complete residential energy audits including basic auditing methods and calculations regarding energy savings.
According to Georgia Mathews, member services representative at Tri-State member Continental Divide Electric Cooperative in Grants, N.M., “Thanks to Jim’s instruction, I am able to go well beyond the basics to educate our co-op members about energy auditing. I can’t wait to share the efficiency measures, savings calculations and energy-cost factors I learned.”
Tri-State recognizes the importance of these educational programs to provide valuable information to its members and residential energy audits are one way for co-ops to provide that service. The more cooperative representatives know about construction and building science, the easier it is for them to explain costs and to trouble-shoot high energy bills.
According to Mathews, “I am enlightened from my experience of interacting with my co-op peers to better understand the challenges we all face when it comes to the importance of sound energy management for the benefit of our membership as a whole.”