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Slaying Energy Vampires

Did you know that you’re sharing your home with “energy vampires”—electronic and electrical devices that continues to suck electricity even when turned off? 

On average, these items are responsible for an estimated 10 percent of the electricity you use every month.

Here’s a tip from Blue Grass Energy that can help you drive a stake through the heart of these vampires, saving energy and money.

Seal your ducts to save

Many Kentucky homes waste energy and valuable dollars because of leaks in the duct system.

If you have a forced-air heating and cooling system, you can typically improve the efficiency of your system by as much 30 percent by finding, sealing and insulating leaks. And best of all, you could receive a $250 rebate from Blue Grass Energy. You may do the work yourself, or hire a contractor. 

Outage texting is catching on

When Mother Nature or some other force strikes knocking out power, members are letting us know via the keyboard on their cell phone. “This is great!”, “It is so easy to use!” and “It was so fast” are some of the comments we have received from members who have utilized the texting option.

Enrolling in outage texting is easy. Just follow these simple steps:

Sizzling summer deals from your Co-op Connections Card

Use your Blue Grass Energy Co-op Connections Card and save!

We’ve had several members recently share how the Co-op Connections Card is helping keep money in their wallet. This money saving tool saved member Tiua Chilton an extra $38 dollars off of the sale price of a pair of Ray Ban designer sunglasses at LensCrafters.

“I had heard my friend talk about using the card. She had used it at Lens Crafters and I remembered to asked when I was there,” said Chilton. “The card saved me an additional $38. I couldn’t believe it.”

Is Solar Power Right for You?

For many folks, the use of solar panels to generate electricity is a recent technological development. When some think of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, images of early NASA vehicles in outer space might immediately come to mind. Indeed, America’s first permanent satellite, Explorer I, was powered by PV panels in 1958.

However, the use of solar energy dates back to 1767 when a Swiss scientist named Horace-Benedict de Saussure built an insulated, glass-faced box, generating temperatures of up to 230 degrees from sunlight. His invention was dubbed the “solar oven.”

Call 811 before you dig

Thirty-eight million. That is how many Americans will be digging around buried utility lines this year, according to a recent survey by the Common Ground Alliance. They found that nearly half of American home owners who plan to dig for projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, or building a deck, pond or patio, will put themselves at risk by not calling 811 a few days before hand to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.


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