The cheapest kilowatt-hour is the one you don't use. Energy efficient products and technology will reduce your energy use while getting the same job done. Pella Cooperative Electric provides multiple ways for members to save energy through our energy audits, appliance recycling, rebates and energy saving tips.
Energy Efficient Resources
Pella Cooperative Electric recommends The Consumer's Guide to Home Energy Savings. Members can purchase this book from the cooperative for half the newstand price, just $9.00.
"Must reading for homeowners in the market for new appliances... contains a wealth of information on how to make the appliances you own now work more efficiently. The advice here will also save you hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs." - Better Homes and Gardens
Did You Know?
Energy efficient products typically have a higher price tag than their lower efficiency counterparts, but the amount saved on utility bills will most likely make up the difference and more.
Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, making it the largest energy expense for most homeowners. Water heating, appliances and electronics, and lighting are other large energy users.
ENERGY STAR® started as a labeling project between the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to identify energy efficient products. In 2008, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $19 billion on their utility bills.
The yellow and black Energy Guide labels that appear on most energy-using products can be helpful in comparing the estimated energy use for similiar products.