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Resolve to Save There are a number of ways you can save money in 2015


If you’d like to pocket more of your hard- earned cash next year, consider these suggestions from Kiwash Electric:


Kiwash Electric’s member owned generator program can save you money on your electric bill. If you are planning to purchase and


Sign up for Kiwash Electric’s Peak Buster program and you could net from $32.50 to $60 per month!


install a backup generator; would you allow Kiwash to use it occasionally in the summer? In exchange, Kiwash will pay you on a monthly basis. It’s called the “peak buster” generator program and its available now. Your participation could net you from $32.50 to $60 per month, depending on the size of your transformer.


energy savings. According to


Geo-thermal heating and air conditioning is the way to go if you’re looking for long-term the Environmental Protection


Agency (EPA), homeowners save 30-70 percent on heating and 20-50 percent on cooling costs by using geothermal heat pumps compared to other conventional systems. This translates to roughly $400 to $1,500 annual savings. That potential savings, coupled with Kiwash Electric’s geothermal rebate program, could make “going geo” a reality for you. Kiwash Electric offers rebates of $1,000/ton on qualifying geothermal units, with a maximum rebate of $5,000.


Be creative! Energy efficiencies come in many forms. Consider these cost saving suggestions: add storm windows or new insulated glass; caulk existing windows; replace weather stripping around doors; and improve lighting with CFC bulbs or LED light bulbs. If your refrigerator or freezer is more than 10 years old, think of it as an energy sucking dragon compared to the new energy efficient appliances. Replace your old fridge with an Energy Star-rated unit and you could save from $35 to $300 on energy costs over the lifetime of your unit. To calculate more exact savings, use the refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator at energystar.gov.


Happy Holidays!


For more details on Kiwash Electric’s Peak Buster generator program or geothermal rebates, please contact your co-op at 888-832-3362 or visit www.kiwash.coop.


Warmer Winter Forecast


Families can expect to pay less for energy this winter whether they heat their homes with electricity or any other major fuel source, federal officials said.


“We’re looking for heating bills across most of the country to be lower this winter than last winter,” said Adam Sieminski, administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “Natural gas bills will be a little bit lower and the same thing with electricity.”


According to the EIA, homes primarily using electric heat will spend $938 for heating fuel this winter, a decline of $17 from last year.


Seasonal forecast models from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration do not suggest a repeat of last winter’s cold weather patterns triggered by the polar vortex.


“We’re not looking for an extreme winter like we had last year,” said Michael Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.


ENERGY EFFICIENCY Tip of the Month


Be merry and bright, but don’t let your holiday lights shine all night. Save money on your electric bill by installing a light timer for your decked out home. It can help lower your electric bill and reduce energy consumption. Use a manual timer plugged into an electrical outlet to automatically turn lights on and off as scheduled.


Source: Department of Energyy


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