December 18, 2012
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....
December 17, 2012
Are you interested in comparing electric heating costs to propane heating costs? Let’s walk through how to do this.....
November 21, 2012
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.....
October 30, 2012
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?
October 15, 2012
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.
September 28, 2012
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.
September 14, 2012
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.
August 22, 2012
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.
August 07, 2012
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?
July 23, 2012
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.
July 23, 2012
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.
July 09, 2012
Have you ever received your electric bill and wondered why your use was different from the month before?
June 29, 2012
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.
June 19, 2012
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.
June 07, 2012
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.
May 09, 2012
A fridge and freezer account for one sixth of an average home’s electric usage. This is usually more than any other appliance in the household.
May 07, 2012
The lead editorial in Saturday's Wall Street Journal quoted my friend and MREA CEO Mark Glaess regarding the cost of renewables in Minnesota. I think the editorial contains eye-opening information that every electric consumer should be aware of. I have reprinted the editorial here for you to review.
April 27, 2012
I find myself constantly in search of clues about the state of the local economy and what it means for WH and its members. That's why I invited a panel of five local real estate agents to our last board meeting.
April 26, 2012
Air conditioners lose some of their efficiency from normal wear and tear over the operating life of the unit. Coils and filters become dirty, belts slip and refrigerant may also begin to leak over time. This causes your home to lose comfort, and your monthly energy costs to soar – by as much as 20 percent!