REC Helps Consumers Go Green

Consumers around Virginia have realized that with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) there are efficient ways to save. REC’s new partnership with General Electric Company, allows consumers to replace older and less efficient electric water heaters with the new GE(r) Hybrid electric water heater.

The average family of four uses approximately 40-60 gallons of heated water per day.  At the end of the year, this costs approximately $680.

The GE hybrid electric water heater is not only Energy Star(r) qualified, but by purchasing this product consumers qualify for the 2010 Federal Tax Credit (30 percent up to $1,500). This water heater consumes up to 62 percent less energy than a standard electric water heater, allowing consumers to save over $350 per year in water-heater operating costs by replacing their old electric water heater.

After reading about this new water heater in REC’s Cooperative Living magazine, REC member Michael Gillespie of Louisa, Va. made the decision to switch out his old water heater.

“I qualified for the tax credit and was interested in saving money,” said Gillespie. “I learned that with this new energy efficient model I could do just that. I am retired and wanted to be proactive, so I decided to spend now so I could save later.”

Through REC’s water heater replacement program consumers will have the convenience of worry-free installation, as well as removal and recycling of their old water heater. To learn more about the new GE hybrid water heater, or to replace your water heater with a different model, call 800-851-3275.

REC provides electric service to over 154,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay.


  1. Are these heaters gonna be like the AlGore toilets, the ones you have to flush 5 times to do the same job as the old 5 gallon toilets?

    Or are they gonna be like the newer washing machines, that use less water but run 3 times longer to do the same job that old washing machines did?

    I’d prefer REC concentrate on ways to reduce my electric bill (which has gone up by 1/3 to 1/2 half since they took over) and not worry so much about the current, trendy “going green” movement

  2. BlossomButt says:

    Yep, seems REC is the first to go GREEN and I am sure they are happy about it. Only problem is, its my GREEN that is GOING to them…..more and more and more.

  3. Yes, well just so the power is not generated in the Shenandoah Valley and the Path to get it from where it comes from does not pass through here we can be perfectly happy to continue to use the same amount of power in the same way we always have. Why should we (or anyone else) have to change the way we do things?