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.
By Carly Nichols A glance at your monthly electric bill shows you the amount of energy powering your home. Yet all the information on the bill may also leave you in the dark about what exactly it all means. Fortunately, we can shed light on it! Measuring Your Energy: Your monthly energy bill includes a… Continue reading.
By Blake Kleaving Heating water and heating and cooling the air in your home are two energy-intensive household syastems. Finding ways to reduce the energy they use while increasing comfort can be challenging. Adding to the complexity are the various energy sources available, including propane or natural gas and electricity. When it comes to the… Continue reading.
By Steve Hite In an (almost) noiseless charge into your town, electric vehicles (EVs) are no longer just a dream. They have arrived! The technology for electric vehicles has developed significantly over the last decade – particularly in the last several years – to the point that they are comparable to gas-powered vehicles. Several reasons… Continue reading.
By Larry Edwards The benefits of electricity are all around us. From increased economic productivity, improved human health and safety to increased customer choice, the efficient use of electric energy has a positive impact on all of us. These electrical benefits are best seen when electricity is used efficiently. Through a diverse set of technologies,… Continue reading.
By Jake Taylor A beaming summer sun is increasingly cooling people’s homes, washing their clothes, and even freezing their ice cubes. When many people think about solar energy, they picture solar panels installed on home rooftops. Fortunately, new opportunities to invest in renewable energy have emerged for those in participating communities. In community solar programs,… Continue reading.