What is an energy right® home?
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and Lawrenceburg Utility Systems are partners
in programs that encourage energy efficiency in the home. These programs are good
not only for our consumers, but they are important to TVA in helping to meet demands
for electric power and goals in environment stewardship.
The energy right® programs are tools whereby we can serve the needs of the
consumers through greater control of the customer's utility bills
and improving the comfort of their homes.
An energy right® program home simply costs less to operate.
The true cost of a home is not the "selling" price but what it costs you
to own and operate each month. The energy right® concept shows that
monthly utility bill savings can significantly exceed the small increase
in monthly mortgage payment for the additional efficiency measures.
Putting this concept into practice results in a positive cash-flow from
the first day homeowners move into their energy right® program home - with
the potential to accrue thousands over the life of the mortgage.
Duel Fuel Systems
A dual-fuel heat pump is a new alternative to conventional gas heating/electric cooling systems.
It combines an electric heat pump with a gas furnace, either in a single package
or separately. By combining the two, the result is that the heat pump provides the heating
in the milder weather when it is more economical and efficient than a furnace, and the
furnace takes the place of the usual electric resistance supplemental heating.
New homes installing dual fuel heat pumps are recognized as "all electric" homes.
All other appliances must be electric in order to qualify for incentives.
However, gas logs are allowed.
Buyers have the potential to receive additional advantages which include:
Homes with upgraded weatherization measures feel more comfortable because the wall surface
temperatures are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Tighter homes are less drafty
and are quieter.
Strong Position For Resale
Energy right® program homes can develop a long track record of lower utility bills.
These benefits can translate into higher resale values when it's time to sale.
Access to Energy Efficient Mortgage Financing
Some local products currently being introduced or under development can make it
easier for home buyers to qualify for energy right® homes. In some cases, loan origination
fees may be reduced and discounted interest rates made available. Ask your lender about
energy right® program new home mortgages.
The best part of our program is the cash incentive we offer the builder (or homeowner).
Each home is rated by points on a Home Energy Rating System (HERS). Similar to a fuel mileage
rating on a new car, this computer software program rates the energy efficiency of a new home
based on certain features.
Lawrenceburg Utility Systems and TVA will pay the builder (or homeowner) an incentive of $150,
based on the home's HERS rating.
The home must be "all electric" in order to qualify for the incentive. Gas logs and dual fuel
heat pumps are allowed under the program.
For more information
To find out more about this New Homes Program as well as other
energy right® Programs please contact:
Other TVA Residential Programs
- Retrofit Heat Pump Program
- Manufactured Homes Program
Visit the TVA website at