Turn off all your holiday decorations (both inside and outside) when you go to bed. Better yet, put them on electronic timers that turn on the lights at dusk and off at bedtime. And for safety's sake, turn off everything when you leave home – even if it's just for a couple of hours to go shopping or visit Grandma.
Here’s the real bottom line on electric space heaters
If your electric cooperative offers a special electric rate for a central heating system wired to a separate meter, a space heater will use main house power that’s billed at the regular rate – not the lower rate available for the central heating system. So, you’ll actually be reducing your energy usage at the lower rate and increasing your energy usage at the higher rate – which means you could end up saving energy overall, but still pay more on your monthly power bill than you’d pay by not using a space heater!
In this month's issue:
When you can take a break from the holidays, run through this list and check the energy-saving ideas you can implement around your home. Some of these are things you can do right now, but others will take a little planning or time. The payoff? When January’s bills start arriving, your power bill might just be the one that’s lower than you expected!
In 2014, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is celebrating 50 years of Youth Tour, and there will be some special things to celebrate. At the top of the list is a request from NRECA asking that all 1,600 Youth Tour students (including around 35 from Iowa) have the opportunity to gather on the White House lawn and meet the president!
The advanced technologies that make the smart grid possible have been around for a while. Today, the smart grid is maturing, and its future is becoming clearer.
From past issues:
Information about power outages affecting homes, farms and businesses served by Iowa’s electric cooperatives is now available at www.iowarec.org.
Your local electric cooperative now has in place a diverse menu of rebates and incentives that are available to you and all members of your co-op.
An arcing fault won’t necessarily create an overload situation that causes a traditional circuit breaker to trip or a fuse to blow.