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Help food keep its cool — even in a power outage

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Posted on Feb 19, 2020 in Energy

By Leslie Beard With winter around the corner, weather emergencies are bound to happen — but they don’t have to reach crisis status in your household. If you prepare for power outages before they occur, you can minimize your worries, especially about food safety.  The most important tip to remember is to keep your refrigerator… Continue reading.

The reasons your electric bill may be higher

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Posted on Dec 19, 2019 in Energy

Has your electric bill ever surprised you? If so, chances are it wasn’t because your charge was too low! The initial shock when your energy bill is higher than expected can lead to confusion.  With the holiday season behind us and winter’s chill in the air, here are a couple of variables that could impact… Continue reading.

Take a load off your energy bill

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Posted on Oct 24, 2019 in Energy

By Lara Sullivan Smart home technology provides the ability to monitor and control the devices in our homes in fun and engaging ways. Being able to automate when the lights turn on or when the temperature changes can save time. But what about reducing energy use? Here are some simple ways you can use technology… Continue reading.

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Does your home make the grade?

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Posted on Oct 02, 2019 in Energy

By Brian Hawk Many first-time homebuyers are enthralled with their new purchase for many reasons. Some are excited to learn that their new house may be more energy efficient than their previous residence. The question is: how efficient?  Fortunately, the nonprofit Residential Network Energy Services (otherwise known as RESNET) created a nationally recognized standard to… Continue reading.

Worth the investment

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Posted on Sep 01, 2019 in Energy

By Nick Geswein One of the best investments you can make for your home is insulation. To choose the best insulation you must consider location and if the comfort and energy savings outweigh the cost. Heat is ‘on the move’ You may not realize it, but the heat in your home is always moving. By… Continue reading.

Replace your furnace filter

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Posted on Jul 30, 2019 in Energy

BY CINDY DENNEY When you drive your vehicle, you may casually glance at the corner of your windshield and see the sticker that reminds you when it will be time for the next oil change. If you go too long without addressing the dirty oil (and old oil filter) it can lead to trouble for… Continue reading.

Bigger isn’t always better

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Posted on Jul 02, 2019 in Energy

BY ZACH MOTSINGER Bigger must be better! This is a common misconception of many homeowners during the heating and air equipment buying process. Although it may sound attractive to size your system to its largest capacity, from an energy efficiency standpoint it is never a good idea to oversize your furnace or air-conditioning unit. Have… Continue reading.

Making cents of electricity demand

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Posted on Jun 02, 2019 in Energy

BY STEVE HITE Nothing feels more welcome on a hot summer afternoon than the air conditioner kicking on. But, while your house is cooling down, electricity generation plants are warmed up and running full tilt to reliably serve everyone’s needs.  Your local electric cooperative is part of a complex system that must be prepared to… Continue reading.

Mini split may save you energy and money

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Posted on May 01, 2019 in Energy

BY RICK McKINNEY With summer right around the corner, it’s time to dust off your thermostat and schedule your spring HVAC service appointment. Before investing in costly repairs to your current HVAC system or adding ductwork to your family’s new home addition, consider an alternative heating and cooling option. You can beat the summer heat… Continue reading.

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