Sometimes, you have to spend money to save money. When it comes to home improvement, with the holidays just behind and tax season just ahead, the challenge is to get the most bang for your buck. Here are a few options to help make your home more efficient and your dollar stretch the farthest. Upgrade… Continue reading.
Many homeowners have considered adding battery storage or a backup generator to provide power when the electricity goes out. Such an addition can be a major investment, costing thousands of dollars. If you have thought about purchasing a backup power source, there are a few questions that you should consider. Why do you want a… Continue reading.
By Marty Lasure LET’S FACE IT: Tackling a home weatherization project can be like a trip to the dentist. You know you need to do it; you know the outcome will be worth it. But that doesn’t stop you from trying to put it off. While we can’t help those with dentophobia, if the cost… Continue reading.
BY JOSH DURBIN Electric cooperatives are transforming how they plan to meet energy demands to account for more renewables, such as solar and wind, powering the energy grid. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., known as MISO, manages high-voltage electricity transmission in 15 central U.S. states and Manitoba in Canada. MISO has updated planning requirements… Continue reading.
By Andy Sommer A quick trip through the aisles of your local hardware store will reveal a steadily increasing array of all-electric tools: chainsaws, lawnmowers, drills and more. These options are just a part of the landscape of beneficial electrification. But what does “beneficial electrification” mean? The concept is not new, but the current emphasis… Continue reading.
By Brian Hawk Many homeowners may one day have a home backup power source parked in their garage — that is the same vehicle driving them around town. As automakers release more EV models, the technology contained in them is growing more sophisticated. Electric vehicles are increasingly built with larger batteries that can travel longer… Continue reading.
By Sandy Cason While electric vehicles are collectively trying to find a foothold with individual consumers, there’s at least one EV market that seems to be firing on all cylinders. That would be electric school buses, which are expected to have a growth rate of nearly 34% over the next five years, according to industry… Continue reading.
By Matt Strahl Many homeowners can benefit from an audit designed to keep money in their wallets. An energy audit is an in-depth review and analysis of energy use in a home. The energy auditor will use an infrared camera to find “hot and cold spots,” and possibly include a blower door test to measure… Continue reading.
By Joe Spear A home upgrade that lowers the cost to heat your water may also help you save on your taxes next year. The Inflation Reduction Act, passed by Congress last year, includes incentives for homeowners to make qualifying energy efficiency upgrades. The act includes a tax credit to upgrade to a heat pump water heater… Continue reading.
By Chelsi Jackson It may not have happened yet, but sooner or later, you’re going to see electric vehicle charging stations popping up where there were none before. When they do, odds are it will be part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program that was created by the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law… Continue reading.
by Staci Montgomery For those considering the installation of solar energy at home, there is plenty of information — and misinformation — floating around. To get to the bottom of it all, the one thing any prospective solar owner should do is contact their local electric cooperative. There are a host of reasons why, but… Continue reading.
by TJ Garner A few tax changes passed last year might cause you to turn your head — toward the local car dealership. The Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress last year includes tax credits for the purchase of electric vehicles. People who may be interested in buying an EV could be in for a… Continue reading.
by Brian Reynolds With inflation driving costs higher on multiple fronts, including energy, finding ways to save money is crucial in the current economy. There are two ways to go about home energy savings — energy efficiency and energy conservation. The two are often confused as the same thing, but there are important distinctions. Energy… Continue reading.