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Thirty Kiamichi Electric members are currently participating in KEC’s ground loop program—and they’re enjoying lower monthly heating and cooling bills as a result.


As more members participate, the program will help KEC lower the cost of wholesale power purchased from its suppliers.


Tap Into A Home Energy Gold Mine


Use the earth’s energy to reduce your energy bill. Thanks to KEC’s ground loop program, you can do it all for half the cost!


he earth’s even temperatures provide a goldmine of energy savings for Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC) members lucky enough to have a geothermal heat pump. For those who don’t, it’s time to give this option a serious second look.


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Geothermal heat pumps use a series of underground loops to tap into the earth’s constant temperature to heat and cool your home. The loops create a super efficient energy transfer system, but the cost to dig and bury the ground loops can make the option too expensive for many co-op members.


Kiamichi Electric’s ground loop program removes that hurdle by paying for loop installation up front and maintaining the loops for life. Members who take advantage of the program pay a small monthly fee of $15-$25 that is included on their monthly electric bill. This fee is easily recouped through the monthly savings in heating and cooling costs—savings that continues for the life of their geothermal unit.


Kiamichi Electric also pays cash rebates of up to $875/per ton on all geothermal installations. And a federal tax credit of 30 percent is available on qualifying geothermal systems.


“Installing a geothermal system not only helps our members save energy, it also help Kiamichi Electric save on its electric bill,” said Todd Minshall, director of member services.


The ground loop program, peak alert notices, and other services that help KEC members conserve energy and reduce demand, will become increasingly important as wholesale power prices inch upward due to stiffer environmental regulations.


Such efforts are already paying off. At the KEC Annual Meeting in October, CEO Jim Jackson said KEC’s energy saving programs are responsible for a $326,000 decrease in purchased power costs this year.


More details on KEC’s ground loop program are available online at www.kiamichielectric.org. To visit with a representative about the program, please call 844-464-6 436 or email


geothermal@kiamichielectric.org. Tax Incentives For Going Geothermal


If lower monthly bills aren’t incentive enough, homeowners who install geothermal heat pumps also get a hefty tax break. The tax credit is equal to 30 percent of the total system cost, however, some exceptions apply.


Geothermal ground loops shown above are buried beneath the ground at depths ranging from 6 to 20 feet or greater, depending on the size of the building, project cost, and available space. KEC’s ground loop program removes the upfront cost of the loops and drastically reduces the geothermal installation costs.


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The credit applies to new or existing homes that have been used as a residence by the taxpayer. It doesn’t have to be a primary residence—vacation homes do qualify. Also, there is no limit on the number of times the residential credit can be claimed.


The tax credit can be used to offset both regular income taxes and alternative minimum taxes (AMT). If the tax credit exceeds the income tax liability, the remaining balance can be carried forward into future years. The credit will apply to units put in service through the end of 2016. For more details, please visit www.climatemaster.com/residential/ qualify-for-energy-tax-credits/.


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