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Stop Summer Energy Drains

            Summer vacation can be a recipe for high electric bills if kids are home all day and a swimming pool is in use. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that 9 percent of Americans’ household energy costs are dedicated to air conditioning alone, so try these tips to keep costs down when the temperature rises.

Costs for Consumer Goods Climb

     Popular demand and short supply drives the cost of everyday necessities higher. Some price tag changes—like the cost to fill your car’s gas tank—are obvious to anyone driving down the road. Other increases at the grocery store are more subtle but still impact your family’s bottom line. Compare the average price increase of a few household expenses to see how the rising cost of electricity stacks up.

Production Tax Credit Extension Keeps Wind Power Blowing, for Now

Last-minute deal by Congress keeps renewable investment viable for short term.

     Under the short-term “fiscal cliff” agreement passed Jan. 1, Congress agreed to extend the production tax credit (PTC) for wind turbines and other renewable energy projects that begin construction before this year ends. The tax break helps lower the cost of power from these facilities to be more competitive with conventional fuels, like coal or natural gas.

Comeback for Energy Tax Credits

Feds revive incentives for efficient home upgrades

     Ready to boost your home’s energy efficiency without breaking the bank? The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 revived energy efficiency tax credits to the tune of $500.

     The credit offsets the cost of upgrades such as super-efficient water heaters and furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, central air conditioners, building insulation, windows, and roofs.

Learn how to estimate your home appliances’ energy use to see if it’s time for an upgrade

You’ve had your fridge forever. With the exception of some crumbling parts of the seal, it’s in pretty good shape and keeps your food cold. Why worry about budgeting for an upgrade?

For starters, inefficient appliances can have a huge impact on your home’s monthly electric bill. Replacing a refrigerator made before 1993 with a new, ENERGY STAR-rated model could knock $65 to $100 off your power costs each year.

Dividing Lines

What makes electric cooperatives different from other types of utilities lies in their core mission

            The differences between electric co-ops and other electric utilities range from the nomenclature used—co-ops serve “members” or “consumers,” not “customers”—to the business model itself.

Clearing the Air - Replace air filters regularly for efficient heating and cooling.

Clogged air filters could add $82 to your electric bill every year. Checking, changing or cleaning your filter once a month saves money and extends the life of your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

February Mailing of the Kansas Country Living Magazine

It has come to our attention that there was an issue with the February mailing of Kansas Country Living magazine. Members are receiving the magazine with the incorrect name, but correct address. This mailing issue occurred at the publisher level and does not affect your billing address on file at the cooperative. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to correct the problem.

Be Heard on Capitol Hill - Bringing the co-op message home to Congress

In the 1939 movie classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart plays Jefferson Smith, a wholesome, idealistic Boy Ranger leader who finds himself appointed to the U.S. Senate. There he makes a stand as a true voice for the people, surrounded by others who have lost touch with the needs of their constituency.

Stay Warm and Save Energy this Winter

On top of staying warm throughout the winter months, a lot of people worry about saving money and energy. According to a poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, four out of 10 consumers are worried about money this holiday season.

The average family spends $2,024 a year on energy; nearly half of that goes towards heating and cooling costs. Stay warm and save energy with these helpful winter tips:


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