When purchasing new appliances, you probably find yourself comparing the annual energy consumption on the yellow tags, and notice that efficiency costs extra. When it comes to appliances, water heaters and HVAC systems, you are usually faced with a common dilemma: pay now or pay (more) later. The answer is simple: Make efficiency affordable.

Energy efficiency is part of Access Energy Cooperative’s mission statement. As a consumer-owned, not-for-profit utility, we are constantly looking for ways to keep members’ bills low, including programs to make high-efficiency appliances and equipment more accessible through our rebate and educational programs.

By arming you with the information you need to make cost-effective investments in efficiency, hopefully you will be able to make smart choices not only about appliances but about efficiency upgrades. A good place to start is online at TogetherWeSave.com, where members can conduct an interactive energy audit and gain access to a library of energy-saving how-to videos. You can find a link to it on our website at accessenergycoop.com

That qualifies as a smart efficiency investment will differ from member to member. Many factors will determine whether you should put your money into insulation, replacing your water heater or purchasing an ENERGY STAR-qualified appliance. There just is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all efficiency solution. Our staff can help you sort out which energy efficiency investments make sense for you and your situation. Contact us at the office by calling 866-242-4232 or by e-mail at mktg@accessenergycoop.com.