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.
by Matt Walters Electric heat pumps have been around for a long time, and they’re among the most efficient and comfortable ways to heat and cool your home. But now there’s something even better — and it can save you big dollars on your heating bills every winter. Plus, with rebates offered by many local… Continue reading.
By Jordy Smith It’s the most wonderful time of the year… until you get December’s utility bill. What happened? Consider this: More family members are home from work or school, colder temperatures require more heat, there’s lots of cooking for work and family get-togethers and last, but not least, holiday decorations are shining brightly. When… Continue reading.
By Joe Spear From solar power systems to electric vehicles, you may have noticed an increase in how often batteries and electric storage are discussed. Some homeowners may consider adding battery systems as a home backup power source. Adding a home battery system is a major investment: possibly more than $10,000, and even higher if… Continue reading.
By Jake Taylor While many people enjoy driving around town in electric vehicles, more options are becoming available for enthusiasts who want to travel off the beaten path (or no path at all). The electric vehicle market has grown in the U.S., with more consumers buying EVs in recent years. Fortunately, the kinds of electric… Continue reading.
By Mark Belcher With renewable energy on the rise and questions swirling about the stability of the grid, installing residential solar panels is a popular option for both saving money and helping the environment. But how can you distinguish between a legitimate solar installation and scam artists trying to make a buck at your expense?… Continue reading.
By Brian Hawk As gas prices soared over the last several months, more drivers considered the appeal of electric vehicles. Those thoughts likely grew stronger when drivers stared at the gas pump’s ever increasing price display while they filled the tank. Transitioning from a gas-powered vehicle to an electric vehicle can help drivers save on long-term… Continue reading.
By Shane Neher In search of a lower energy bill, a cleaner environment or just a more comfortable temperature in your home? Odds are a heat pump retrofit will deliver all three and more. What is a retrofit, you ask? A retrofit integrates new components in your current HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system… Continue reading.
By Darrell Marks The last time you thought about your electricity provider may have been when power suddenly went out. Fortunately, seconds later, your local electric co-op already was at work restoring service. Your local electric co-op works around the clock 24 hours every day, 365 days each year, to ensure safe, reliable delivery of… Continue reading.
By Jarred Meinders Every day, you take your energy for a drive. Some days, it is a slow cruise around the block. Others, it is pedal to the metal from dawn to dusk. Most often, you land somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. But what does all that look like on your bill… Continue reading.
By Matt Strahl From cabinets to countertops, those building new homes have plenty of decisions to make. Some of those decisions go beyond the surface, affecting how comfortable you’ll be in your new home – and could lower your long-term energy use, saving money on utility bills. If you plan to build a new home,… Continue reading.
By Nick Geswein With the government directing funds to build a robust charging infrastructure and automobile manufacturers ramping up production, the interest in electric vehicles is growing. We received several responses after a recent article on EV myths, so we want to explore some of those questions in a follow-up article. How much does it… Continue reading.
By Kim Burton Homeowners may grumble this time of year that their windows welcome the wintry chill into their house. Some may think that replacements clearly are the answer to energy savings. Yet it’s important to get the full picture to make the best decision for your home. The Moving Truth In most circumstances, upgrading… Continue reading.