Even though the kids will be out of the house during the day now that school is back in session, you could see a bump in your energy bills.
As the school year begins, busy students will be using the family computer more to write papers and complete school assignments. Shorter days mean more lights go on in the evening to do homework. If everyone’s up before the sun, lights go on earlier.
Manage the extra energy use. Here are some tips to conserve energy as your kids head back to school:
Teach your children how to put the computer into sleep mode when they are finished using it, even if they plan on returning later. Electronics in sleep mode use about 80 percent less electricity than when operating at full power.
In the market for new computer equipment this year? Computers with an ENERGY STAR rating use 70 percent less electricity overall, while monitors bearing the label draw 90 percent less.
Desk lamps and other concentrated task lighting create a productive work environment without wasting excess light. If yours are older, replace their halogen or incandescent desk lamps with LED bulbs, which fit most fixtures and produce less heat while using less electricity.
Bicycling or walking to school two days a week can save gas and give kids much-needed exercise now that summer days of play are over. If the commute is too far, organize a carpool with parents in your neighborhood to earn yourself a couple of mornings off.
Do a thorough inventory of school supplies before heading to the store to reduce waste. Supplies often come in bulk packages that won’t run out before the end of the school year.
Buy reusable sandwich bags and use lunchboxes instead of brown bags to save money and reduce everyday packaging waste.
It’s almost time to call your heating technician for your system’s annual check-up. But just because you’re between service calls doesn’t mean you should ignore your equipment.
Your role in maintaining your air-conditioning or heating system is just as important as the job of the service technician who performs your annual maintenance inspection. Keep tune-ups quick and costly repairs to a minimum with these simple tips for year-round maintenance.
Change your furnace and air-conditioning filters often. This is especially important during the summer when dust and allergens circulate.
Remove plants, fallen branches and debris from your outdoor HVAC equipment. Objects that are too close can prevent adequate air flow.
Indoors, vacuum registers and air vents regularly. Heating contractors say simple dust and dirt cause almost half of their service calls.
Move furniture and drapes away from registers.
If something seems off about your HVAC equipment, call for service early. Odd sounds and smells could be warning you of a bigger problem.
In the coming weeks, you may see a green Jeep Cherokee or a blue Toyota truck with a Halter Tree Service logo and persons with logo shirts of the same riding and walking around Kenergy’s right-of-way in your area. They are inspecting our lines, per Kenergy’s request. Should you have any concerns or questions, please call Kenergy at 800-844-4832 and speak with our vegetation management department.
Our annual Member Appreciation Day will be held Thursday, October 3rd at all Kenergy offices! Come out any time from 11am until 2pm for lunch, door prizes, and free buckets and bulbs (while supplies last). We look forward to seeing you.
You’d think that a machine designed to keep your clothes fresh and clean would clean itself. But washing machines need to be cleaned at least once a year.
Think of the dirt, grease and grime that your washer handles on a near-daily basis. They power the worst out of diapers, grass-stained denim, food-stained cotton and more.
Your clothes emerge spotless, but they leave some of that gunk behind. Laundry detergents can build up in the tub, pump and hoses. That build-up can make your washing machine less efficient and also can harm your clothes.
So clean it out. Here’s how:
Fill your empty washing machine tub with hot water. Pour in three cups of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda.
Remove the fabric softener receptacle and bleach dispenser and soak them in hot, soapy water. Nudge stubborn dirt and stains with a Q-tip.
Sponge off the agitator and all the of tub’s surfaces.
Use vinegar and a washcloth to wipe down the machine’s exterior surfaces.
Check your washer’s hoses for weak spots or leaks. You may need to replace your hoses every five years or so.
Touchstone Energy is launching their fourth annual #WhoPowersYou contest to honor local heroes making a difference in our co-op community.
Kenergy members can submit nominations about fellow members who are making a positive impact in the community. Nominees are eligible to win cash prizes with the grand prize totaling $5,000! Nominations are simple – just share a photo of the nominee and a brief description of how that person is making a difference in your community.
A vendor for Kenergy will be performing network maintenance on Monday, August 5th at 11:59pm. We anticipate the work to last for approximately 2 hours. Members will not be able to access the SmartHub application to make payments during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Kenergy is continuing its long-standing practice of retiring capital credits to its members. In August, Kenergy will return $2.7 million to its membership. The credit amount represents net margins allocated in years 1990 and 1991.
So, what is a capital credit retirement? Electric cooperatives aren’t like other utilities. We operate on a not-for-profit basis, which means we operate at cost. This means we collect only enough revenue to run and expand business without the need to generate profits for distant shareholders.
You, as a member, own a portion of Kenergy. When we have money left over, it’s returned to you and other members as a capital credit retirement.
This year, we are returning margins earned in both 1990 (100%) and 1991 (85%). Your share is figured by how much electricity you used during that time frame in proportion to the margins allocated. If you were not a member during that 1990/1991 time frame, you will not receive a credit on your bill.
We are proud to say this is Kenergy’s eighth consecutive capital credit retirement. Since 2012, the cooperative has returned more than $23 million to our members and former members.
Cooperatives are businesses that pay you back. Those are tough to find these days. And it’s a great reason to be a member of an electric cooperative.
After you receive your August bill statement, feel free to call us at 1.800.844.4832 if you have questions.
Chris Mitchell was re-elected to another three-year term on the Kenergy board of directors. Mitchell, a grain and livestock producer from Clay, has represented District 3 since 1997. He was opposed in this year’s election by Dr. E. Carolyn Tucker of Dixon.
Incumbents Craig Roberts of District 1 and Bill Denton of District 5 faced no opposition and will retain their seats for another three-year term on Kenergy’s board.