Energy Savings

A screenshot of the charger finder map at www.BentonREA.org/EV. It shows multiple pins at Electric vehicle charging stations from Yakima, Washington, to Tri-Cities.

BentonREA.org/EV Makes Finding an EV Charger Easy

Did you know there are more than 30 public electric vehicle charging stations between Pasco and Yakima? You can find any public charging station in the country at www.BentonREA.org/EV. Click the “Charger Finder” tab and search by zip code, type of charger and type of connector. If you’re planning a longer trip, the “Map a…

Benton REA employees and trustees hold Tree Line USA flag at Horn Rapids Park in 2021

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Benton REA as Tree Line USA Utility

Benton REA was named a 2022 Tree Line USA utility by the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of its dedication to proper urban forest management. Tree Line USA—a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters—recognizes utilities for pursuing best practices that protect and cultivate America’s urban tree canopy. Tree…

A man in a blue shirt touches a thermostat on a white wall of a home. He smiles at the camera.

Test Your AC Before It’s Too Hot

Summers can be long and hot, and can seem a lot longer and hotter if your air conditioning system isn’t functioning properly. March and April are great months to test your air conditioning while the weather is mild. If your system isn’t working correctly, or at all, here are some common issues and how to…

A woman works from home at her workstation with a laptop, monitor, mouse and desk lamp near a window.

Save Energy When Working From Home

Today, more Americans are working from home than ever before. More time spent at home means more energy used throughout the day. If you’re punching the clock from home, there are small steps you can take to reduce your energy use and save on electric bills. Here are five easy ways to save energy when…

A Detroit Electric advertisement from 1912. Black and white illustration of a woman in a winter dress and hat standing by an electric car in a snowy neighborhood. The add says "One of Our nine Rare Creations For 1912"

The Future Is Electric

In the early 20th century, electric vehicles made up close to 40% of the U.S. vehicle market share. Despite their early popularity, they began to disappear from the streets after just a few years. As roadways improved beyond city limits, people wanted to explore. With their slower speeds and shorter ranges, electric vehicles were not…

A woman and cat sit on a couch with a blanket. A space heater is on in front of them.

Are Portable Space Heaters Efficient?

Small space heaters are meant to do exactly as their name says: heat a small space. Unfortunately, many people use portable space heaters to heat their entire home, which takes a toll on their energy bills. Whether you should use space heaters depends on your home’s efficiency and energy needs. If you’re using a space…

Illustration by Atilla N. Wind, solar and hydropower landscape with a river and mountains

Your Feedback Needed on Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation

The Clean Energy Transformation Act, passed in 2019 by the Washington Legislature, requires Benton REA to file a Clean Energy Implementation Plan. Benton REA is seeking member input on this plan. Clean energy is electricity that does not produce carbon or other greenhouse gases as it is generated. Examples include hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and…

Ostrom Mushroom Farms Energy-Efficiency Rebate 2021

Ostrom Mushroom Farms Receives $102K Energy-Efficiency Rebate

Ostrom Mushroom Farms accepted a $102,585 energy-efficiency rebate from Benton REA, its electric cooperative utility, on November 18, for construction and installation of energy-saving equipment at their Sunnyside facility. In 2019, Ostrom’s installed several energy-efficient measures including LED lighting, water-cooled chiller equipment and variable frequency drives on air handlers, cooling tower fans, boiler fans and…

A man and woman look at their heat pump water heater while an installer explain its features

What Are Hybrid Electric Water Heaters?

Hybrid electric water heaters, formerly referred to as heat pump water heaters, are revolutionizing the way we heat water. Compared to traditional electric water heaters, HEWHs can cut your water heating costs in half. Why are they called hybrids? The word hybrid appears in the name because it uses two electric methods to heat the…

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Energy Savings for Your Business

Locally owned businesses are the backbone of our community. With fall here, now is the perfect time to make sure your building is equipped for maximum energy savings. LED lighting for your business allows you to maintain your preferred brightness levels while keeping energy costs low. Don’t forget about your outdoor lighting options and timers…