Queen Creek’s Merkley family now in SRP history book

Robert and Kathleen Merkley of Queen Creek, front center and right, landed in the Salt River Project’s history books by becoming the 10,000th family to purchase an SRP Energy Star home. They were joined during a ceremony June 7 by friends and family members, back. (Special to the Independent/www.TacCPhotos.com)

Robert and Kathleen Merkley of Queen Creek, front center and right, landed in the Salt River Project’s history books by becoming the 10,000th family to purchase an SRP Energy Star home. They were joined during a ceremony June 7 by friends and family members, back. (Special to the Independent/www.TacCPhotos.com)

 

Robert and Kathleen Merkley of Queen Creek were celebrated during a ceremony June 7 by representatives of Salt River Project for becoming the 10,000th family to purchase an SRP Energy Star energy-efficient home.
The couple purchased the home when moving to the town from Mesa.

SRP is a community-based, not-for-profit public power utility and the largest provider of electricity in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, serving more than one million customers, according to a press release. SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 800,000 acre-feet annually to municipal, urban and agricultural water users.

“It’s a solid home and the energy features are great. The build quality is excellent and Fulton Homes has done a remarkable job with customer satisfaction,” Mr. Merkley said in the release. “We’ve only been here for three months, but the cost savings are pretty remarkable. We are saving about 25 percent off our previous energy bills.”

The June 7 event bookends a significant year for SRP, which was awarded the 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence, as well as the Energy Star Certified Homes Market Leader. The honors were given to small and large organizations from across the country that lead in the energy-efficiency movement and work to promote energy-efficient construction and help homebuyers experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort and value that come with living in an Energy Star-certified home.

“For more than five decades, SRP has worked with local home builders to offer multiple new home programs,” Dan Dreiling, SRP director of market research and customer programs, said in the release. “Our most recent version of the program, the SRP Energy Star Homes program, has been in the market for nearly four years and has now certified more than 10,000 energy-efficient homes in our service territory. That’s an energy savings of more than 120 million kilowatt hours (kWh) for our customers, enough energy to power an additional 6,000 homes for an entire year.”

The Merkleys’ choice of home has started to improve the family’s monthly budget.

“I’ve calculated we are saving about $50 per month right now on our electric bill,” Mr. Merkley said. “If we save $600 per year on energy costs, it will definitely add up.”

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