Invest in Your Home - Invest in Your Community
For most, our home is the largest investment we make in our lifetime. However, over time, it is important to continue investing in your home to maintain energy efficiency, which will lead to saving on your energy bills in the long run. But this can be difficult for homeowners for many reasons. Energy efficiency updates can be expensive and often confusing.
As an electric cooperative, we at Wheatland hold “Concern for Community”—one of the seven electric cooperative principles—close to our hearts. We strive to exemplify this principal daily by ensuring the “lights are on” when you need them and through supporting local organizations and events, but our team wanted to start a new project to provide community outreach in a new way.
Our vision developed into the Energy Efficiency Makeover. With this project, we hoped to aid a local member in identifying inefficiencies in their home and complete improvements to their home at no cost to them, but during the course of the project, it became so much more. The quest to complete the project turned into an overwhelming demonstration of the commitment by all involved.
We began working with local organizations to find a Wheatland member candidate. During the selection process, we had the pleasure of meeting Varna Johnson. Born in Arkansas, Varna grew up with 5 brothers and 6 sisters, moving to Great Bend, KS, at the age of 4. Attending local schools, Varna graduated from GBHS in 1962, and continued her involvement in the school system by working in the central kitchen for USD 428, providing meals for all Great Bend students. Retiring after 34 years of service, Varna holds close the memories and friendships she made in the kitchen.