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 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.
By Barry Lauber As we head into the summer months, keeping your home comfortable and your energy bill low are seemingly at odds with each other. But it doesn’t haven’t to be that way! You can better manage your energy use and the comfort of your home by selecting and using the right thermostat. There… Continue reading.
By Cindy Denney You may recall a time when you suddenly heard a loud crash or witnessed a bright flash, and then darkness. The lights were out. As frustrating as the moment was, you should rest assured your local electric cooperative was already getting to work. Improved technology has helped electric co-ops quickly identify power… Continue reading.
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.
By Matt Walters If you shiver when walking into particular areas of your home, you may have considered an electric space heater to warm up the area. When used properly, electric space heaters can effectively (and temporarily) heat certain parts of your home. Yet many people mistakenly believe that using space heaters requires less energy… Continue reading.
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.
Many people feel the heat of high energy costs when weather turns chilly. Fortunately, air source heat pumps can warm your home without wearing down your wallet. Hoosiers use a variety of heating fuels to keep them cozy in the fall and winter. Liquid propane, fuel oil, natural gas, and electricity can be found in… Continue reading.
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.
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.