All Kenergy Offices Closed Tuesday, October 3rd for Employee Training

All Kenergy offices will be closed Tuesday, October 3rd for an employee training.

As always, you can drop payments at our office drop boxes, make payments on our SmartHub mobile app, or by accessing your account 24/7.

Spooky Energy Savings

This spooky season, we’re sharing a few energy-saving tricks so you can treat yourself to lower energy bills. Here are four simple ways to summon the spirit of energy efficiency.

Conjure instant savings with a smart thermostat. One of the easiest ways to save energy is through thermostat control, since home heating and cooling account for a large portion of monthly energy use. Smart thermostats can help you manage heating and cooling costs by learning your daily routine and adjusting the temperature settings accordingly. You can control a smart thermostat from anywhere (through your smart phone), which allows you to prevent unnecessary energy consumption while you’re away. Sorcery!

Get rid of goosebumps by eliminating ghostly drafts. The winter chill is just around the corner, so now is the time to seal air leaks around your home. Apply caulk and weatherstripping around drafty windows and doors to make your home more comfortable and lower energy use.

Illuminate your lair with energy efficient lighting. LED bulbs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. Make the switch to reduce energy used for lighting. Remember to use LEDs when it’s time to decorate for the upcoming holiday season. LED light strings offer an average of 88% energy savings compared to traditional incandescent light strings.

Stir up savings with countertop cauldrons. Cooler weather summons our favorite soup recipes. Small countertop appliances like slow cookers use less energy than cooking meals on the stovetop. Grab your book of spells (or recipes) and start stirring up savings in the kitchen.

When we look around our homes, there are many opportunities to save energy. This spooky season, investigate your space and unlock a different kind of magic – the kind that brings real energy savings.

Kenergy Public Notice for Case No. 2023-00276

Kenergy Corp., 6402 Old Corydon Road, Henderson, KY 42420, will file an application for an adjustment in existing rates on or around October 2, 2023 with the Kentucky Public Service Commission ("KPSC") in Case No. 2023-00276. The proposed changes are designed to increase revenues $4,876,566 and are proposed to be effective on November 2, 2023.

To view the full public notice, please click HERE.

To view the full case file on the KPSC website, please click HERE.

Energy Saving Can Protect Grid During Weather Extremes

Kenergy members can help protect the power grid by incorporating energy-saving tips during extended heat waves. This week’s near-100-degree temperatures will strain this region’s power grid, particularly as the heat in Kentucky and the Midwest continues to rise on Thursday, August 24th.

The power you use at your home or business is generated and delivered at the time you use it. When electricity usage spikes regionally during extreme weather, the risk that there may not be enough power for everyone increases.

While there is currently no energy shortage emergency, members can take steps to cut their electricity usage and save money during the hottest afternoon hours, Wednesday, August 23rd through Friday, August 25th.

Tips to conserve energy include:

  • Raise your thermostat by a couple of degrees and use fans to help maintain comfort.
  • Keep windows and doors tight to preserve air conditioning in your home.
  • Use shades and curtains to block sunlight and keep your home cool.
  • Reduce the use of large home appliances during the hottest hours. For example, run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher later at night.
  • Choose cooking methods that limit an increase in heat in your home.
  • Avoid charging your electric vehicle during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Unplug appliances when not in use.

Stay up-to-date on changing conditions by following our website and social media channels. If an electricity shortage were to occur, members could be asked to conserve energy immediately. Quickly following alerts and cutting electricity use could prevent the need for temporary power outages.

LIHEAP Summer Subsidy Program Application Window Now Open

Kentucky Community Action Agencies are now accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Subsidy Program. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis through September 22, 2023 or until designated funds are depleted. Households must meet eligibility requirements, including income guidelines.

LIHEAP Summer Subsidy provides households with a one-time electric benefit ranging from $50 to $250, depending on income and housing category.

Anyone needing assistance on their utility bill can contact Kenergy at 800.844.4832 and we can connect you with your local community action agency. You can also visit Kentucky Community Action Agencies for more information.

Kenergy Meets with USDA-RUS Administrators

In the 1930’s the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) was formed to help communities form electric cooperatives to build electric infrastructure to the rural areas that went unserved due to the lack of profitability and substantial risk for traditional utilities of the day. REA provided government backed loans to these cooperatives to build the necessary infrastructure. Because of this successful program, electric cooperatives continue to thrive today. Electric co-ops operate without motive for profit, they are owned and governed by the members they serve, and they continue to have access to these same loans.

Today, REA is now a department of the United States Department of Agriculture called the Rural Utilities Service (USDA-RUS).  Kenergy continues to borrow from the USDA-RUS to help improve and replace infrastructure and most recently, to install the fiber infrastructure needed to serve rural western Kentucky. Last week, Kenergy invited USDA-RUS Administrator Andy Berke and Assistant Administrator Chris McLean to Kentucky to visit about their new programs to help us continue to improve service to our members.

2023 Scholarship Winners

A random computerized drawing of 251 applicants was held July 5th for three (3) $1,000 scholarships and twenty-four (24) $500 scholarships. Scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, campus housing, textbooks, computers, school supplies, and other costs directly related to the recipient's education.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

$1,000 Winners

Logan Bell

Nick O'Bryan

Jackson Loucks

$500 Winners

Abigail Payne

Alicia Curtis

Lakota Wilson

Andrew Collins

Nathan Dailey

Megan LaClair

Kayley Payne

Kayla Wayne

Allison Porter

Savannah French

Jessie Daniels

Brooke Stanley

Jason Stilwell

Michael Brayden McGraw

Hayden Cash

Ethan Higdon

Randi Porter

Timothy Thomas

Emily Murphy

Hunter Hagan

Lola Morris

Madison Medley

Gavin Peek

Cadence Keister

Home Sweet (Fiber-to-the) Home

By: Tim Lindahl, Kenergy President and CEO

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a hidden gem in the midst of the vast span of land we call the United States. When I was young, we would drive through the Commonwealth to see relatives, and later our family would spend a couple of our vacations here, taking in the beauty of both the landscape and the people. I was elated when I was presented with the opportunity to join the communities of western Kentucky by serving at your electric cooperative.

When our family was looking for a new home, we really wanted to be in a rural setting, but it was critical that we have broadband so our family would be able to properly conduct our vocations.  We had several reasons for choosing the home we did, but an item that tipped the scales was seeing Kenergy’s fiber being installed up the road. We knew it would only be a brief time with miserable internet and that we would have the greatest broadband in a few short months. The value of that home went up for us at that point.

There are many critical parts that make up a successful rural economy.  Two of the most critical are energy and communication.  Having the opportunity to be a part of a member owned and governed organization allows each of us to have a voice in providing these two necessities to enhance our modern life.  In the 1930’s, electricity was a far-off dream for folks in rural areas.  Communities came together in cooperative spirit and solved this hardship. Electric cooperatives have been successful in maintaining a system that others thought would never be possible.  We fast forward nearly 90 years and we have a similar situation with the internet.  There are pockets of good broadband in rural areas, but the vast majority of these rural areas go unserved or significantly underserved, which has created a digital poverty.

Energy policy in America is swiftly changing, requiring innovative solutions to keep the lights on and the electricity affordable.  By building a fiber optic network throughout our service territory, we will be not only solving the digital poverty issue, but will have the foundation in place to help make our electric grid “smarter” while being able to manage this changing landscape.  All of this while improving the value of the energy that is provided to you. 

Utilizing the new fiber infrastructure for both of these large initiatives will allow us to get the best return for every dollar invested into the system.  I am proud to be a part of the Kenergy team to work towards solving this digital divide and managing this energy change in a cooperative way.

Though it will take us a little while to get to everyone, we are on pace to be one of the fastest fiber builds in history so that we can get fiber-based broadband to everyone in the shortest amount of time.  This also gives us the advantage to more quickly develop the tools needed to manage the changing energy landscape and keep our electricity safe, reliable, and affordable.

We appreciate your patience as we continue our buildout with this project and share in your enthusiasm to finally bring high-speed internet to you, our members.

Weekend Energy Saving Project Idea

The weekend is almost here and if you've been considering home improvement upgrades that save energy and money, we’ve got an idea you can install this weekend!

Cooling and heating your home typically account for a large portion of energy bills. Smart thermostats can help keep your cooling and heating costs in check, with ENERGY STAR®-certified models saving about 8% on annual energy costs.

Now that smart thermostats are more affordable (as little as $70!), this simple upgrade makes for a fun, efficient weekend project. Smart thermostats offer a variety of bells and whistles, but the average model will allow you to set custom temperature schedules, adjust the settings from anywhere (from your phone), and over time, learn your cooling and heating preferences.

Your new smart thermostat will come with step-by-step instructions, but this project typically involves shutting off your HVAC at the breaker panel, disconnecting/removing the old thermostat, installing the new smart thermostat and connecting it to your home Wi-Fi. Don't have internet yet? Connect Powered by Kenergy will be able to help you out with that! Sign up now!

All Kenergy Offices Closed Monday, September 4th for Labor Day

All Kenergy offices will be closed Monday, September 4th for the Labor Day holiday. We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday celebrating with family and friends.

As always, you can drop payments at our office nightly drop boxes, make payments on our SmartHub mobile app of by accessing your account 24/7.