Sometimes, you have to spend money to save money. When it comes to home improvement, with the holidays just behind and tax season just ahead, the challenge is to get the most bang for your buck. Here are a few options to help make your home more efficient and your dollar stretch the farthest. Upgrade… 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.
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.