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Identify Energy Busters

Ever wonder how much electricity that old refrigerator or freezer uses? Or how much it is costing you to leave your computer plugged in. You can find out by using a Kill A Watt monitor from Access Energy. Simply plug your 110-volt electronics or appliances into it and measure how much electricity they use–it can […]

Installing Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats, when used correctly, have the potential to save up to $180 a year on your heating and cooling costs, according to If you’re considering purchasing a programmable thermostat, it’s important to install and program it correctly to save the most energy and money. Installation First, your thermostat should be situated on an […]

Using Less Energy to Keep Things Clean

Your ENERGY STAR-qualified clothes washer or dishwasher operates very efficiently. That’s likely one of the reasons why you bought it. But there are simple ways to further reduce how much electricity each of these appliances consume. Selecting a lower water temperature—a cold wash/cold rinse setting, for example—on your washing machine will save energy dollars. You […]

Planting the Right Trees Can Save Energy

You’ve upgraded your appliances, insulation, and lighting to help lower your monthly electric bill. What else can you do? Plenty, if you have a yard with landscaping options. The right combination of plants and trees can unearth hidden energy savings. Climate determines the direction your landscaping planning should take. The United States is divided into […]

Small Changes Add Up

Sometimes the small things in life mean a lot. Simple steps such as turning off lights when you leave a room, unplugging appliances when you’re not using them, and raising the temperature on your thermostat a bit can help your family rack up big energy savings.  At Access Energy Cooperative, we’re always looking for ways […]