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Your source for all things energy-related: the WH blog offers energy-saving tips, maintenance guidelines, program information and much more.

So, What is a Cooperative Anyway?

February 15, 2013, Mark Vogt

Information on what makes a cooperative different from other companies.

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Why Energy Star for your Home.

February 12, 2013, Scott Thompson

Learn how Energy Star products compare to conventional appliances.

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Our WH Solar Community featured in the Star Tribune

February 7, 2013

Crowd-funding for solar power Article by: DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune Updated: January 14, 2013 - 12:33 PM Content copied from the Star Tribune website. …

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Tools Used to Help you Discover Your Daily Energy use Around the Home

January 9, 2013, Todd Jude

Have you ever wondered how much energy is used to operate your home appliances? You may also be curious about hidden energy leaks or drafts in your home. Let's discover how you can monitor your energy consumption and save money.

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Save energy by using less water

December 31, 2012, Mike Hofmann

Water conservation is very important. It saves energy as well as water. There are many simple was to conserve water….

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Capital Credit Refunds Benefit You in December

December 18, 2012, Mark Vogt

Approximately 90 percent of the electric bills we sent in December contained a credit. These capital credit returns are provided in December to coincide with the holiday season....

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Comparing propane and electric costs

December 17, 2012, Scott Thompson

Are you interested in comparing electric heating costs to propane heating costs? Let’s walk through how to do this.....

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Save money on holiday lighting

November 21, 2012, Todd Jude

The holiday season is approaching fast, and many of you are probably planning on using stringed lights to make your home look more festive. However, it's important to consider how much these electricity-drawing additions cost.....

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Making Your Heating System Efficient With Plenum Heaters

October 30, 2012, Scott Thompson

You’ve probably heard of them before, and you may even know a few things about them; but what exactly is a plenum heater, and how can it help you save energy?

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Energy-saving lessons from The Littlest User 2

October 15, 2012, Todd Jude

It was another strong season for The Littlest User contest. This year, we had 31 teams participate. Together, they saved a whopping 14,293 kWh. Check out the link on our home page to see how all the teams did.

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Rebates available for energy-efficient equipment

September 28, 2012, Todd Jude

With summer winding down and winter quickly approaching, I’m sure air conditioning is the last thing on your mind. But with Wright-Hennepin’s rebates, now may be the time to look into upgrading your old unit.

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Programs can assist you with energy efficiency

September 14, 2012, Scott Thompson

If you qualify for income eligible status and would like to make your home more energy efficient, there are local community action programs that can help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency.

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The Nest learning thermostat

August 22, 2012, Guest Blogger

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, programmable thermostats can help you save anywhere from 5 to 20 percent on your heating and cooling expenses. However, 40-70 percent of the people who own these devices find them to be difficult to operate.

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Save on Your Water Heating Costs | Wright Hennepin Electric

August 7, 2012, Scott Thompson

You may have heard of air source heat pumps and how efficiently they operate to heat and cool your home, but did you know heat pumps can also help you save on your water heating costs?

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CEO blog: Why electric rates are rising

July 23, 2012, Mark Vogt

Consumers are asking what's causing the increase in retail electric bills. For answers, see my "Your Turn" guest editorial, which appeared in the St. Cloud Times on Saturday.

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Window coverings can help you save energy in your home

July 23, 2012, Mike Hofmann

Have you ever sat in the sunshine that streams in through your home’s windows? Although that warmth feels pretty great on a cold winter day, in the summer, it can actually be adding a few degrees to your home’s temperature.

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Understand your energy use and save through MyMeter

July 9, 2012, Todd Jude

Have you ever received your electric bill and wondered why your use was different from the month before?

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Summer energy-saving tips

June 29, 2012, Scott Thompson

It’s easier to save energy (and therefore, money) during the summer than you might think. Some solutions may seem obvious, but can still make a considerable dent in your electric bill. Here are a few simple activities that can help you conserve energy this summer.

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Ways to Take Advantage of Solar and Wind Energy in Your Home

June 19, 2012, Mike Hofmann

Solar and wind energy has become more popular in recent years as many people are looking for cleaner, renewable sources of energy. However, most people don’t realize that we’ve been using solar and wind energy for years – even before electricity was being generated.

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Save energy while enjoying cooking this summer

June 7, 2012, Todd Jude

Summer has finally arrived! Even though we did have a decent winter, for me, it seemed like summer couldn’t come fast enough. Maybe it’s the trees, or the birds singing, or the fact that it’s only nice outside in Minnesota for about six weeks a year, but everyone seems to be jumping at the chance to get outside.

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