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Net zero energy home unveiled

Local electric utility customers have access to a variety of energy-saving programs and services through Black River Falls Municipal Utilities and our power supplier, WPPI Energy.

In the days leading up to Earth Week, WPPI Energy, its member utilities, and two pioneering customers marked
a significant milestone in energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy with the unveiling of the first GreenMax Home.

WPPI Energy and its members established the GreenMax Home initiative as part of an ongoing commitment to support renewable energy, energy conservation and energy efficiency.

On April 16, Black River Falls’ homeowners Tom and Verona Chambers unveiled their net zero energy home (NZEH), the first GreenMax Home. The Chambers’ NZEH combine state-of-the-art, energy-saving technologies and practices with a solar photovoltaic renewable energy system and a ground source heat pump for a home that produces at least as much energy as it consumes.

“Projects like the GreenMax Home demonstrate the many energy-saving practices and technologies available to homeowners today,” said Utility Administrator Jerry Ewert. “While not every customer may be ready to achieve ‘net zero’ impact, anyone can take steps to save energy at home. Our local utility is here to help.”

The Chambers’ GreenMax Home takes advantage of many of the same practical programs and services available to customers served by member utilities of WPPI Energy, including Black River Falls Municipal Utilities. In addition to the GreenMax Home initiative, programs and services available to local customers include:

“As a community-owned utility, Black River Falls Municipal Utilities is the local resource for helping customers save energy,” said Ewert.

For more information, visit For additional information on energy-saving programs and services, customers may contact Energy Services Representative Mike Hodges.

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