By Jackie McGlin Daylight saving time has had a rocky past in the U.S. In 1918, the shift in time was first observed — often seen as a World War I effort. Following the war, the time change was repealed in 1919 leading to a variety of times being observed across the nation. The same… Continue reading.
The arrival of ghoulish costumes and creatures to your door this Halloween has nothing on the lurking horror of high energy bills this fall and winter. With the autumn weather temperatures dropping, you may have noticed your house feeling colder than you remembered last year. Or, you may have been reminded that your HVAC system… Continue reading.
By Larry Edwards As we go grocery shopping or fill up at a gas station, we see first-hand how the cost of goods fluctuate. Today, price changes are driven by factors beyond supply and demand. Cyber attacks can shut down systems as seen in the ransomware attacks on the Colonial Pipeline and meat processor JBS…. Continue reading.
BY MATT BRAMES Do you have a room that never reaches the temperature you set at your thermostat? You are not alone! There are many reasons to consider adding additional heating and cooling to trouble areas like this and there is a solution I have found that is efficient and secure. Known as mini-split heat… Continue reading.
By Kevin Carpenter For many, “new technology” can be defined as “replace your current devices, usually at a substantial cost.” But here’s some good news: some new appliances and systems will instead help you keep more money in your wallet. Over the last few decades, technology has changed virtually every aspect of life: people can… Continue reading.
By Kevin Carpenter Wi-Fi enabled devices allow users to stream movies or ask a virtual assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa about the weather. Some homeowners also use Wi-Fi gadgets to better control energy use in their homes. As technology has improved, more devices that increase homeowners’ comfort have become available. Some new thermostats can be… Continue reading.
By Zach Motsinger Those dusty black boxes stuffed behind entertainment centers that connect all of our devices can be misleading. While some of these devices are surge protectors, others are simply power strips. While one can help protect your equipment during a surge in energy the other is just a convenient way to plug in… Continue reading.
By Amanda Steeb A blustery chilly day may be the reason you’re avoiding the outdoors. It’s also the reason you have the electricity you need to stay inside. When you plug an appliance or device into a wall outlet, renewable resources are increasingly powering them up. Renewable energy resources such as wind and solar power… Continue reading.
By Sandy Cason As spring sprouts into action, so does lawn care season. If you are looking for new gear to use around your home, consider electric powered equipment – advancements made might surprise you. Electric lawn equipment has seen big improvements in recent years leading to improved batteries, energy efficient motors and competitive costs…. Continue reading.
By Jeremy Montgomery When several Hendricks Power Cooperative members contacted Energy Advisor Steve Hite for recommendations about contractors outside of that cooperative’s service territory, he didn’t know the answers. But he knew where to go to find them. He asked the energy advisors at nearby electric cooperatives for recommendations in their areas and then shared… Continue reading.
By Colin Mahoney As Hoosiers, we can’t control the cold weather pushing down from Canada but we can control the temperature inside our homes. The difference in indoor/outdoor temperature can be more than 50 degrees. This gap is known as weather variance and it has an impact on the comfort of your home and the… Continue reading.
By Dalton Caley Few people turn on a living room lamp and ponder how it can turn on. Not many consider the complex path taken by the power that propels nearly every appliance and system you use during the day to brew your morning coffee, keep your home comfy, and entertain you with those dog… Continue reading.
By Brian Reynolds In my role as energy advisor at Jackson County REMC, I have helped members like you find ways to reduce energy use during the fall and winter months. For homes with heat pump systems, I like to begin at the thermostat. A simple thing you can do is to set your desired… Continue reading.