The electric cooperative pioneers who joined forces to build our local electric cooperative, which serves our community, are the reason we can all enjoy affordable, reliable and safe energy to turn on lights, watch TV or charge your cellphone.
This Thanksgiving, keep a good thought for those pioneers who helped bring electricity to the rural communities and farms that the for-profit electricity companies refused to serve. Perhaps your grandparents or your neighbors’ relatives were involved in collecting membership fees or signatures as they got things started. Maybe those stories have been passed down to you from your grandparents and parents.
Those people sacrificed so their families could enjoy lighting, heat and the convenience of appliances like electric irons—just like the folks who lived in the cities. They laid the foundation for the at-your-fingertips electric, phone and Internet service that you enjoy today.
When you take your turkey out of your electric oven this season, or when you switch on your electric furnace or heat pump for the first time this fall, remember those who lived without the convenience of electricity—and that they wanted it so badly they literally took matters into their own hands.
It’s not unusual for home energy bills to spike around the holidays. Don’t let it happen this Thanksgiving.
- Right-size your turkey. Buy a bird that’s just big enough to feed your family. Smaller turkeys cook quicker—which saves energy.
- Don’t pre-heat your oven. It’s not necessary for a turkey, which is going to roast for several hours.
- Make the dressing on the stovetop. Roasting a stuffed turkey takes longer.
- If you’re baking side dishes, put them all in the oven at the same time—if their baking temperatures are similar.
- Turn down the temperature on your home’s thermostat by a few degrees once you start cooking. Because you’ll be heating up the kitchen as you use the oven and stove, your home will be warmer than usual.
KENERGY OFFICES CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
All Kenergy offices will be closed Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Kenergy employees and their families wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday.
For more information about Kenergy, please visit www.kenergycorp.com or call 800.844.4832.
High school juniors needed!
Kenergy will select three delegates to send on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the Washington Youth Tour (WYT) in June 2020. More than 1,500 students from across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has been coordinating this program since the 1950’s.
Applicants must be juniors in high school and live in homes powered by Kenergy. Applicants must also earn a 3.0 overall GPA. Judges select delegates based on an essay competition.
Applications must be received by December 31, 2019. Essays are due by midnight on January 15, 2020.
Applications and more information about the WYT are available HERE or by calling Jeanette Weedman at 270.689.6157.
Foggy windows during the winter can be a sign that your windows are drafty—or that you have too much humidity indoors.
If you wake up to frost on your home’s windows, chances are good that your house is a bit colder than it should be. And that means you’re cranking up the thermostat too high.
Condensation on windows could mean they’re not keeping the cold air out. Moisture in the air condenses when it touches a cold surface, causing the glass to sweat like a cold glass of iced tea on a hot day. Condensation can form on the glass and even pool on the windowsill. And like any excess moisture, it can eventually lead to mold and mildew.
That can damage your window frames over time.
Consider replacing drafty, single-pane windows. Double-pane windows are more energy efficient. Or add an extra layer of glass by installing storm windows.
And get rid of as much of the humidity inside your home as you can. Here’s how:
- Install ventilating fans in every bathroom and turn them on before every shower. Let the fan run until the “fog” clears out of the bathroom, but no longer. Overuse of exhaust fans can send your home’s comfy, air-conditioned or heated air right out of the house.
- Use the hood fan over your stove when you cook. Cooking sends moisture into the air—along with lingering odors. The fan will rid your home of those smells and humidity. Again, run the fan just long enough to clear the air.
- Vent your clothes dryer to the outside. Check the duct for leaks, especially at the point where it’s attached to the dryer, and for obstructions that can prevent hot dryer air from escaping to the outdoors.
- If you run humidifiers inside the home, don’t overdo it. It’s possible to add too much moisture to indoor air.
Just because you don’t own the company you work for doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to save energy while you’re at work.
Saving energy wherever you use it is good for the environment.
The best way to save energy at work is to stop wasting it. Here are some tips:
- Clear papers, folders and your lunch off of the heating vents in your work space so the air can easily circulate.
- If you have access to the thermometer, set it and forget it. If you get a little bit chilly, pull on a sweater.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Open the blinds on cold, sunny days. The warm sunrays can help you feel more comfortable without cranking up the heat.
- Suggest that your company buy ENERGY STAR computers and other office equipment when it’s time to replace your old stuff. The federal ENERGY STAR program qualifies everything from printers to refrigerators to water coolers.
Kenergy is now accepting applications for System Controller at our Owensboro office location. Applications are being accepted now through November 17th. Click HERE to view the description and apply!
Your home is full of vampires—energy vampires, that is.
Energy vampires are electric appliances and devices that continue to use energy, even when they’re turned off. They’re all over your home, and they can suck the life out of your energy bill, accounting for up to 20% of your electricity use.
Most Americans now have between 30-65 vampire devices throughout their homes. Nearly every appliance has become smart with electronic digital displays. Some of the biggest energy consumers include cable or satellite set-top TV boxes, computer modems and aquariums.
While you may not be able to easily turn those items off without consequences, you can save energy on vampire electronics such as cellphone chargers, laptop computers, gaming consoles TVs, printers, DVR and MP3 players, automatic coffee makers, microwave ovens and other devices with digital clocks.
Here’s how to slay the energy vampires in your home:
- Unplug rarely-used devices such as your DVD player and the dusty TV in the guest room.
- Use power strips to plug in computers, printers and phone chargers so you can easily turn off one switch.
- Set your computers to go into “sleep” or “standby” mode after nobody has touched them for 30 minutes.
- When you unplug your mobile phone from the charger, unplug the charger from the wall.
- Buy ENERGY STAR appliances whenever possible, as it reduces the amount of energy used in active and idle modes.
As the weather cools and the temptation to crank up the heat intensifies, consider ways you can warm up your home a little bit without using electricity.
- Invite heat from the sun indoors. Open the curtains during the day on windows facing south to let sunrays in and close them at night to keep out the chill.
- If your windows are old, single-pane or otherwise drafty, cover them with clear plastic so the cold outdoor air won’t penetrate them. If they’re still drafty after that, cover them with insulating drapes or shades.
- Pump caulk into leaks around windows, doors and any holes in the wall where cable or telephone cords enter the home.
- Schedule a maintenance check with a licensed HVAC professional before it gets too cold outside. The tech can resolve any issues that might cause your furnace to shut down during the winter.
Reducing electricity use as a renter may seem tough when you have little control over the biggest energy users in your place like your refrigerator, dishwasher or heating and cooling system.
But there’s still plenty you can do to lower your energy bill without making permanent—or expensive—changes. Follow these tips to reduce energy use in your rented space:
- If your home has an individual water heater, call your landlord or property manager and ask to have the temperature lowered to 120 degrees. Most water heaters are set at a default temperature of 140 degrees—which can be hot enough to scald your skin. The lower setting will still be hot enough to keep your showers steamy.
- Look for an ENERGY STAR-qualified window air conditioner if you are responsible for purchasing it. An ENERGY STAR A/C uses about 10% less energy than others. In the winter, cover your window A/C with a tight-fitting sleeve to prevent the heat from escaping, or remove the unit from the window.
- While blinds offer privacy, hanging heavier curtains will help shield out the heat in the summertime. In the winter, tape clear plastic sheeting around window frames to help insulate older, single-pane windows.
- Install sink aerators on all faucets. They are inexpensive and non-permanent, but can significantly reduce your hot water use while offering the same water pressure.
- Replace incandescent lightbulbs with more efficient LEDs. They use far less energy than incandescents, and last up to 10 years—so you can take them with you when you move.
- If the windows and doors are drafty, ask your landlord about installing weatherstripping to seal off cracks. It’s an easy do-it-yourself task and inexpensive, too—so even if your landlord won’t cover the cost, you can pay for it yourself to increase the comfort of your home and reduce your heating bills.