Guest Blogger

In addition to our regular panel of energy-saving experts, WH occasionally will share others' viewpoints on this blog as well. Guest bloggers' names can be found at the bottom of their posts.

Articles by Guest blogger

Nov 29, 2018

A winter evening: Brought to you by electricity

Days are getting shorter as winter sets in, but electricity is help keeping us warm!
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Jul 18, 2018

A glimpse into how solar panels work

Powering a home using the sun’s energy is not a new concept, especially with recent technological advances and lower costs, solar has become an attractive option to many homeowners.
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Feb 21, 2018

Tony’s Tech Tip - How do you know if a website is secure?

How can you know your information is safe on the internet from identity theft?
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Oct 9, 2017

Cooperatives--Communities at their very best

Electric cooperatives have been a part of the fabric of Minnesota for more than 80 years. Fourth and fifth-generation members today enjoy the same benefits of membership as the pioneers who strung the first wires into Minnesota’s countryside.
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Dec 2, 2016

LEDs let you trim the tree efficiently

If your holiday chores include unraveling the same old tangle of decorative lights, maybe you should consider and upgrade to more reliable, efficient and longer-lasting LEDs.  LEDs, or light-emitting…
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Jul 25, 2016

Wright-Hennepin 2016 Pole Inspections Beginning in August

Find out where Wright-Hennepin will be performing pole maintenance in 2016.
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Jun 13, 2016

Beat summer heat without large electric bills

Summer temperatures are just around the corner, but that doesn't mean your electric bill needs to rise with them. Check out these tips for how to beat the summer heat without large electric bills.
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Apr 13, 2016

Go green with energy efficient landscaping

Don't just make your yard eye-pleasing, make it energy efficient.
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Feb 22, 2016

Dual Fuel: Why and when it is controlled

Find out when and why dual fuel and other off-peak programs are controlled.
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Jan 13, 2016

Set a timer on your engine block heater this winter

Avoid added costs from heating your engine all night by installing a timer.
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Oct 21, 2015

Tree-trimming weather: the chillier the better

As temperatures cool trees become dormant, offering perfect timing for tree trimming because of a reduced risk of spreading diseases.
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Jul 22, 2015

Protecting your trees from emerald ash borers

Learn how you can protect your trees from emerald ash borers in this blog.
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Mar 13, 2015

Hassle-free, community solar offered through WH Solar

This blog explores the multiple options for community solar that consumers can take advantage of through WH Solar.
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Jan 13, 2015

New Year's energy efficiency resolutions for your home

Start off the new year by saving some money on your energy bill with these tips.
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Nov 20, 2014

Holiday energy-saving tips

Learn how you can reduce your energy use during the holidays.
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Oct 7, 2014

Schedule a Pre-Season Furnace Tune-Up Before Winter Arrives

The heavy cold in Minnesota is still a few months away, but you shouldn’t delay when it comes to making winter preparations for your home. Part of that is to schedule a pre-season furnace tune-up. Your…
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Oct 1, 2014

Save on Your Heating Costs With Dual Fuel Options

Learn how you can save this winter with WH's Dual Fuel program!
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Sep 16, 2014

What are electric vehicles?

The electric vehicle is showing some real strides in technology and reliability. Learn more!
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Sep 1, 2014

Energy Efficient Smartphone Apps

Learn about energy efficient smartphone apps!
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Aug 5, 2014

Wright-Hennepin is Starting a Third Solar Community

Wright-Hennepin (WH) is introducing a very unique way to own solar by pairing two popular options: community solar and $0-down pricing!
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Aug 2, 2014

Energy Star Products Qualify for Tax Credits Through 2016

Did you know that a variety of Energy Star products qualify for tax credits? Read to find out more.
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Jul 7, 2014

The benefits of air source heat pumps

Learn how air source heat pumps are beneficial.
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Jun 26, 2014

Tips to keep your home cool this summer

Learn how you can keep your home cool this summer while also saving on energy costs.
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May 22, 2014

Why it is important to maintain your air conditioner

Learn how taking care of your AC unit can help extend its life and help it run more efficiently.
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Mar 27, 2014

Comparing propane to Off-peak electric heating systems

Learn how you can save money with WH's Off-Peak Dual Fuel program.
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Mar 25, 2014

Why WH cycles air conditioners during the summer

Learn why WH cycles air conditioners during the summer months.
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Jan 31, 2014

Cold Weather Energy-Saving Tips

Have you noticed that the local weathermen have nothing nice to say lately? This has been a very cold winter and it sounds like it could be a bit before it gets better. With that in mind, the following…
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Jan 8, 2014

What are Phantom Loads?

Have you ever heard of the term, "phantom load"? Read to learn about phantom loads and how you can stop them in your home.
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Dec 17, 2013

How to reduce energy use in the kitchen

Did you know that the kitchen typically uses the most energy compared to other rooms in a home? Learn how to save while using your kitchen.
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Oct 22, 2013

Propane Heating compared to Electric Off-Peak Heating

Are you looking to save on your heating costs this winter? We can help!
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Oct 21, 2013

Electric options for your propane or fuel oil heating system

Learn how adding a plenum heater to your forced air system will save you money
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Aug 12, 2013

How you can save with a Programmable Thermostat

Discover how you can reduce your use of heating and cooling energy with a programmable thermostat.
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Aug 8, 2013

Day to day energy saving tips for families to practice this summer

You and your family can work together to save energy. Begin with these simple ideas today.
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Jul 26, 2013

Day to Day Energy Saving Tips for Families to Practice This Summer

Learn how you and your family can work together to save energy this summer!
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May 23, 2013

Is your air conditioner not cooling the way it used to?

Did you know that your air conditioner system needs to be cleaned in order to run properly? Find out the cleaning method steps here.
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May 8, 2013

Standard Air Conditioning verses Air Source Heat Pumps

Have you ever wondered how standard air conditioning compares to air source heat pumps? Find out more information here.
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Mar 28, 2013

Did someone say annual meeting?

Find the energy saving booth at WH's Annual Meeting!
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Mar 22, 2013

What's happening with the WH Solar Community?

Learn about new updates on the WH Solar Community project.
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Feb 25, 2013

WH's Off-Peak Programs Explained

How WH's Off-Peak program works
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Feb 12, 2013

Why Energy Star for your Home.

Learn how Energy Star products compare to conventional appliances.
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Jan 9, 2013

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

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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Dec 17, 2012

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.....
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Nov 21, 2012

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.....
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Oct 30, 2012

Making Your Heating System 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?
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Oct 15, 2012

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.
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Sep 28, 2012

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.
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Sep 14, 2012

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.
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Aug 22, 2012

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.
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Aug 7, 2012

Save on Your Water Heating Costs | Wright Hennepin Electric

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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Jul 9, 2012

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?
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Jun 29, 2012

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.
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Jun 7, 2012

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.
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May 9, 2012

Saving energy | 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.
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Mar 21, 2012

Learn how to save energy at WH's Annual Meeting

As some of you may know, Wright-Hennepin will be conducting its 75th Annual Meeting on March 29. For those of you who haven’t attended this event, you’re missing out on some valuable energy-saving information as well as fun events and prizes.
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Feb 29, 2012

Save on your water expenses with low-flow shower heads

Can you save water and still get a great shower? YES! According to the Environmental Protection Agency, showering is one of the top uses of residential water in the United States, representing approximately 17 percent of indoor water use. Stop and think about how much you’re paying for your water usage – especially for showering. You pay to bring the water into your home, to take it away from your home and you pay to heat it as well. Basically, you are paying three times to use water for showering – that can really add up!
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Feb 14, 2012

Save money on your lighting costs

Did you know the standard incandescent light bulb only uses 10-20 percent of the energy it consumes for light? The rest of the energy it uses is given off as heat.
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Jan 10, 2012

Tightening up air leaks in your home

Conserving energy in your home is about better insulating the envelope inside as well as outside. A very easy and inexpensive project to help you accomplish this is to install wall and switch plate seals.
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Dec 20, 2011

Save energy by reducing phantom loads

Have you ever gotten up at night to get a glass of water and noticed a lot of little red lights shining around your living room? Devices that produce these lights are constantly drawing energy – whether they’re on or off.
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Nov 21, 2011

My new oven - a sensible solution for saving energy

There’s been a lot of buzz about energy conservation in recent years, and as you probably know, conserving energy is not always easy to do. However, I’ve discovered a way to save energy while cooking and baking, which may be very helpful during the upcoming holiday season.
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Nov 9, 2011

How to 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.
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Oct 31, 2011

Preventing air infiltration

Air leakage – or infiltration – occurs when outside air enters a house through uncontrolled spaces like cracks and small openings. Properly sealing cracks and openings in your home can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, improve building durability and create a healthier indoor environment for you and your family.
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Holiday energy-saving tips

The holiday season is generally a time for higher energy use, but there are plenty of ways to save. Here are holiday energy-saving tips to help you and your family cut back on your energy use: ·      …
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