Energy Savings

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6 Ways to Make Your Home Office Energy Efficient

Working from home, even on a temporary basis, may increase your energy use. It means that you’re spending more time using a computer, lights and other appliances at home instead of in your workplace. But by improving the energy efficiency of your home office equipment, you can save on energy costs without hampering your productivity.…

Darigold's energy teams accepts a rebate check for $45,000. Left to Right: John Kohis, Greg Lommers, Hannah Hull, Martin Alaniz, Troy Berglund, Tom Rouleau, Travis Street, Andrew Duim and Kathy Hoag. Not Pictured: Tim Voegtle, Brian Fox, Maurice Kehoe, Phil Grant, Danielle Summers, Joe Arnold and Joey Parrish.

Darigold Achieves Energy Savings and $45,000 Rebate

Since 2011, Darigold Sunnyside has improved efficiencies so much they’re saving more than 12 million kilowatt hours of energy each year. That’s enough to power 665 average residential homes. Darigold’s most recent energy-efficiency project earned the farmer-owned dairy co-op a $45,000 rebate from Benton REA. The project included installation of new pumps, fans, heat exchangers,…

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DIY: Energy-Efficiency Class

Learn easy ways to save energy and money on January 16 If you want to lower your monthly energy use and don’t know where to start, Benton REA’s energy-efficiency class is for you. Sign up for our next class on Thursday, January 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Benton REA West Richland Community…

The monthly comparison chart on your electric bill shows the average temperature and days of service compared to last year and last month.

Low October Temperatures Cause High Bills

October was unusually cold, causing electric heating systems to use more energy According to the National Weather Service, October 2019 was the coldest on record for several cities in Yakima and Benton counties. The average temperature was 44.8 degrees in Yakima and 48 degrees in Richland. Seven days dipped down to or below 32 degrees…

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Sign up for Youth Program and Energy-Efficiency Webinars

Benton REA will host three free webinars in November about its youth programs and residential energy-efficiency programs. “We want to let our members know about these great member benefits, but we know not everyone has time to attend a class”, says Troy Berglund, manager of community development and member relations. “By attending a webinar, you…

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New and Improved Rebates Starting October 1

New and Improved Rebates Starting October 1 Money Available for residential, commercial and agricultural improvements. Starting October 1, new rebates are available for Benton REA members who buy and install new, energy-efficiency home upgrades. Incentives have increased for the purchase of Energy Star clothes washers and dryers, heat pump water heaters, energy-efficient windows and insulation.…

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Tips for Maintaining an Efficient HVAC System

Tips for Maintaining an Efficient HVAC System Ah, summer. Cookouts, swimming pools, camping—it’s the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. When it’s time to come back indoors, there’s nothing better than that cool blast you feel from your home’s air conditioning unit. Your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system is…

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Prepare for Summer and Winter With a Ductless Heat Pump

During an average year, more than 60 percent of a home’s energy use is caused by heating and cooling. During shoulder months like April, May, September and October, your energy use is often lower because heating and cooling systems only occasionally run to maintain a comfortable temperature. Before the summer heat arrives, switch to a…

Plant Energy Savings: Plant Deciduous trees to block heat from the sun in the summer and let sunlight in during the winter

Landscape for Savings and Safety

A well-designed landscape not only adds beauty to your home, but can reduce your heating and cooling costs. Trees and other plants on the east, south and west sides of your home help shade it, helping reduce cooling costs in the summer and cold winds in the winter. Deciduous trees lose their leaves during the…

$3,500 Special Rebate Nissan Leaf Flyer

$3,500 EV Offer Extended Through July 1

As part of its effort to accelerate electric vehicle transportation alternatives across the United States, Nissan North America Inc., is offering eligible Touchstone Energy Cooperative member organizations such as Benton REA a special incentive toward the purchase of the all-new, 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf. A $3,500 special rebate is available on the 40-kWh model…