From the CEO: Grow your summer energy savings

Posted on May 11 2024 in Kankakee Valley REMC
Kankakee Valley REMC CEO Scott Sears

Summer months bring some of the highest energy bills of the year. But why? Cooling your home accounts for a large portion of your summer monthly energy use, and the hotter it gets, the harder and longer your air conditioner works to keep you cool.

You don’t need a green thumb or an engineering degree to save money on your electric bill. Just like plants need water to thrive, your home needs a little TLC to keep those bills in check. Whether adjusting the thermostat or simply turning off unnecessary lights, small changes can add up to significant savings. If you’re a regular reader of Indiana Connection or follow us on Facebook, you’re probably already clued in on ways you can save energy and money.

One of the great things about being part of Kankakee Valley REMC is that we’re locally owned by you, our members. So, instead of making profits, we can focus on helping our members. That’s why we’ve developed incentives and programs to help you keep your money in your wallet.


Kankakee Valley REMC offers several ways to give you money back for efficient equipment you purchase, like heat pumps and Wi-Fi thermostats. Find a list of all our rebates at and click on the savings tab.

Take control of your use

SmartHub is an app that puts energy management right at your fingertips. Track your usage, compare it against weather data, and even pay your bill or report outages — all from the convenience of your smartphone. If you aren’t enrolled, it is easy to do. You can call our office for assistance.


Your co-op offers a time-of-use rate that aims to provide members with a lower rate when they shift their energy consumption away from peak times to off-peak times. This reduces strain on the electric grid during high peak demand times, allowing members to take advantage of lower rates and ultimately save money on their electricity bills. You can view the co-op rates by visiting and clicking on the “my account” tab.

Ways to pay

Summer bills can hit hard. If you’re feeling the pinch, we have budget billing and pre-pay metering options that can help ease the strain. Contact our office to learn more.

So, whether you’re a seasoned energy-savings pro or just dipping your toes into the world of electricity, remember, we’re here to help. There are no investors making profits here. Just knowledgeable people with local jobs, working for our neighbors to ensure the lights are on when you need them. Reach out to us, and let’s work together to keep your energy bills in check.