We believe in promoting an energy-efficient today and tomorrow, so here are five ways you can up your energy-efficiency game in the new year.
- Celebrate Your Cooperative
As a member of your cooperative, you have the exclusive privilege of receiving limited-time discounts or promotions through Energy Wise. Energy Wise’s goal is to help members of electric cooperatives across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin save energy and use electricity wisely at home and work. As electric technology evolves and we strive to advance the grid and evolve our resource portfolio, electricity is the most efficient option.
- Upgrade to Energy-Saving Products
Nothing says “going all in” on energy efficiency than upgrading to energy-saving products. One way we can assist you is by offering instant rebates. Another way is to increase your comfort and lower your energy costs with limited-time promotions. And the last way is to see the energy-saving solutions available to you through your electric cooperative.
- Consider an Electric Vehicle (EV)
Because of their energy efficiency, EVs are becoming a more common choice among drivers. In fact, EV sales are expected to hit more than 1 million by 2020. Compared to gas-powered cars, EVs cost less to run and are easier to maintain and repair.
EVs are versatile, don’t have tailpipe emissions, make less noise and use lithium-ion batteries, which last longer and are quick to charge. Charging stations are located throughout the state and country, and you can receive government financial incentives when you buy an EV.
- Determine If an Air-Source Heat Pump (ASHP) Is Right for Your Home
With heating and cooling accounting for some of the largest expenses for homeowners, it makes sense for your space to be equipped with one high-efficiency appliance to keep costs low. A smart, all-in-one solution is to install an ASHP, which handles both your heating-and-cooling needs.
ASHPs use less energy, are cost effective and often outperform standard central air conditioners and furnaces. In addition, electric cooperatives offer rebates up to $2,000 based on your SEER rating and financing as low as 0% on new systems. Click here to learn more about ASHPs.
- Be Minnesota Nice to Your Home and Use Less Energy
Your home deserves a break, and we recommend starting with using less energy. Swap out incandescent lighting for LEDs, plug in power strips, seek out products that are certified by ENERGY STAR® and invest in a smart thermostat. They may seem like small adjustments, but they’ll result in large savings on your utility bill.