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Shining light on backup power

Posted on Dec 22, 2023 in Energy

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.

Getting Credit

Posted on Nov 27, 2023 in Energy

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.

A Season of Change

Posted on Oct 27, 2023 in Energy

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.

What Is Beneficial Electrification?

Posted on Sep 26, 2023 in Energy

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.

Embrace a less ‘taxing’ audit

Posted on Jun 25, 2023 in Energy

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.

Awash in savings

Posted on May 24, 2023 in Energy

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.

Driving Forward

Posted on Apr 24, 2023 in Energy

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.

Call your co-op before you go solar

Posted on Mar 23, 2023 in Energy

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.

Tax ‘ride off’

Posted on Feb 22, 2023 in Energy

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.

Saving money and energy in your home

Posted on Jan 25, 2023 in Energy

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.

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