A dawning sun soon will be the newest way to energize more of the Midwest. Wabash Valley Power (WVPA) is installing three solar arrays, which are a series of solar panels linked together to create electricity from sunlight, at member co-op locations in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. The new arrays will join three existing arrays… Continue reading.
Electric cooperatives are the foundation of the rural electric network. Miles of distribution lines link member-consumers to low-cost, cooperative power. Unlike traditional utilities that serve dense population centers, rural electric cooperatives serve fewer members per mile of line, which could potentially increase the cost of service per member consumer. Despite that disparity, your REMC provides… Continue reading.
From showering in the morning to brushing teeth before bed, people use water throughout the day for a variety of reasons — often without considering the costs that are circling down the drain with it. The Department of Energy estimates that heating water accounts for about 18 percent of a monthly utility bill, the second… Continue reading.
You might have heard the saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Indiana, just wait five minutes!” Unfortunately, during that five minutes, severe weather can strike leading to flooding. According to weather.gov, in September 2003, a record-setting 7.2 inches of rain fell during a 24-hour period. With an average of 42 inches of precipitation… Continue reading.
A flash of bright light followed by a boom that can shake the walls of your home is a clear sign of severe weather. Lightning strikes can lead to fluctuations of energy to your home. That is why you should protect your electronic devices from power surges using proper safety equipment. A simple way to suppress… Continue reading.
Millions of Americans’ mid-April angst for the tax filing deadline is quickly replaced by mid-May motivation from the refund that refills their savings accounts. If you are fortunate to receive a tax refund, you may already have plans for this money — the Internal Revenue Service reported that through March 24 this year’s average refund… Continue reading.
Thousands of Indiana residents save money by asking their local electric co-op to install a simple switch that reduces energy use when energy demand —and cost — surges. The switch also helps members and everyone else in their community save even more all year long by adjusting energy consumption during specific times. When you add… Continue reading.
In recognition of National Lineman Appreciation Day, Hoosier Energy pays tribute to all power delivery professionals who work to keep the lights on. We applaud your accomplishments and devotion, which represents the heart of the cooperative spirit. On April 10, take a moment to add #ThankALineman to a post on social media.
Voting for local, state and national political positions is an extremely important part of your civic duty as an American, and a right we shouldn’t take lightly. As an electric cooperative member, you also have the right to vote for your co-op’s leadership each year (often done at your annual meeting). Each of Wabash Valley… Continue reading.
At the Hoosier Energy Environmental Education Center, a mascot helps engage students who are excited to learn about the environment. At first, this mascot did not have a name. To find one, suggestions were gathered from students visiting the education center. A committee of officials from the Department of Education, the Department of Natural Resources… Continue reading.
The surroundings at the Hoosier Energy Environmental Education Center are peaceful. Wildlife roams in the woods, turtles and snakes come and go at the water’s edge, and intermittent gusts of wind and or sunny skies create a measurable amount of renewable energy. Across the water is Hoosier Energy’s largest generation asset — Merom Generating Station,… Continue reading.
If you’re considering building a new home this year, you may be focused on wall color, countertops and floors. Building a home does provide the opportunity to pick what you want but that also extends further than just what a home looks like and allows you to build a home that functions well, keeps you… Continue reading.