Wright-Hennepin Blog

Capital Credit Refunds: $1.2 Million of Benefits to you in December

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....

Comparing propane and electric costs

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

Save money on holiday lighting

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.....

Making your heating system more efficient with plenum heaters

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?

Energy-saving lessons from The Littlest User 2

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.

Rebates available for energy-efficient equipment

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.

Programs can assist you with energy efficiency

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.

The Nest learning thermostat

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.

Save on your water heating costs with an air source heat pump water heater

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?

CEO blog: Why electric rates are rising

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.

Window coverings can help you save energy in your home

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.

Understand your energy use and save through MyMeter

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

Summer energy-saving tips

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.

Simple ways to take advantage of solar and wind energy in your home

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.

Save energy while enjoying cooking this summer

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.

Saving energy by ensuring freezer and refrigerator efficiency

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.

CEO blog: Wall Street Journal comments on our challenges

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.

CEO blog: Light at the end of the tunnel?

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.

Save energy by maintaining your air conditioner

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!

Air source and ground source heat pumps

Imagine using a single, very efficient unit to both heat and cool your home. Heat pumps not only make this possible, but can potentially greatly reduce your heating and cooling costs.