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Catching Wind

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in Energy, Features

Tilt toward wind turbines needs to be more than a monetary quest Bartholomew County grain farmer Jay Shoaf could hardly be confused with Don Quixote, the retired country gentleman of 17th century Spanish literature. To make better the world, Quixote, the story goes, set aside sanity to become an idealistic “knight-errant,” and wound up jousting… Continue reading.

When the Lights Go Out!

Posted on Aug 12, 2010 in Energy

How co-ops power up consumers after a storm Waves of thunder rumble a warning, then roar as rolling dark clouds gather overhead. Strong winds whip through the trees. Lights flicker, then suddenly go dark, as errant trees and  limbs somewhere along the way fall into power lines. Some storms are more silent. They come in… Continue reading.

Raising the Foundation

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 in Energy

Electric co-op home program reaps low bills, high praise Randy and Cathy Sherrod pay less than $300 to heat and cool their 3,200-square-foot home. But that’s not $300 a month — which is common for a lot of folks with a home that size. Their heating and cooling cost is less than $300  for an… Continue reading.

Energy Efficiency

Posted on Jun 16, 2009 in Energy

Home improvement investments that reduce utility bills are more important than ever. With both the cost of energy and environmental concerns rising, it’s pretty clear that the age of excess is over. And electric cooperative members everywhere are becoming smarter energy users.The aim of this month’s cover story is to provide a brief overview of… Continue reading.

Power From the People

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 in Energy, Features

Note to readers: The final element of the EPRI  “prism” strategy looks at on-site power.   Consumers find growing role in creating their own energy The electric meter on Revone Bauwens’ house was spinning backward one sunny morning last month. But nothing was wrong with the meter. Nor was the Floyds Knobs resident doing anything… Continue reading.

Electrical Safety Is No Accident

Posted on May 20, 2008 in Energy, Features

Hazards commonly found in older homes are increasingly causing fires and fatalities in the United States. However, by taking a few simple steps and by incorporating newer technology, you can protect your home from many of these dangers. Each year the Electrical Safety Foundation International sponsors May as National Electrical Safety Month. For this year’s… Continue reading.

Wringing the green

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 in Energy, General

We all hear of the “hanging of the greens,” especially as Christmastime approaches, and the “wearing of the green” around St. Patrick’s Day. Now, Indiana’s electric cooperatives would like to add one more nod to green: the “wringing of the green.” That would be the act of wringing every drop of energy — every kilowatt-hour… Continue reading.

Batten down the hatches!

Posted on Nov 09, 2006 in Energy, Features

If your home has air leaks around walls, doors and windows or if you’ve left the fireplace damper open, it’s the same as having your money blow right out of your house. You’re paying for that heat that’s lost with the wind. So, if you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to prepare your… Continue reading.

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