Poudre Valley REA is here for you, and given the challenging times we've all experienced the last few months, I'd like to share some information and ideas to help you save energy and money.
Summer is a great time to conduct an energy audit of your home and identify ways to boost energy efficiency. Understanding how your home uses energy can help you determine the best ways to modify energy use and keep more money in your wallet.
An energy audit is one of the best ways to determine how energy efficient your home is-- an audit can also identify areas for potential energy savings. We offer an online Home Energy Advisor Tool to see exactly where your dollars are going on your energy bill. Visit www.pvrea.coop/energy-advisor for more information. Once you have completed a profile of your home you will be able to learn how to save money in various areas. You can also schedule a personal review of your home's profile by contacting our Energy Resources staff at 1-800-432-1012.
Shifting to off-peak periods
Electric rates based on time of use offer co-op members the ability to lower their electricity costs without reducing the amount of electricity used. By performing some of your daily chores such as running the dishwasher or doing laundry during off-peak hours (when people are using less electricity), you can see meaningful savings on your energy bills. Call our office to sign up for Time-of-Use billing, then use your programmable thermostat to adjust the settings so that your heating and air conditioning systems sync with the off-peak rate periods. Use automatic timers to run hot tubs, pool pumps, water heaters and other appliances in the same way. Be sure to program the timers to avoid the more expensive on-peak times of 4pm to 10pm Monday through Saturday.
Putting power in your hands
Our Pay As You Go prepaid metering is intended to aide in budgeting your monthly energy costs. PVREA members can pay for electricity before it is used, then use the electricity until the credit expires. During the time period you've paid for, you will receive regular feedback on your balance. Industry studies show that consumers who participate in prepaid metering plans use up to 10% less electricity. Learn more about this offering at www.pvrea.coop/prepay.
Lastly, if you have recently purchased a new ENERGY STAR- rated appliance or product, make sure you are taking advantage of rebates that are available. Learn more about money back on appliances, heating & cooling, lighting, outdoor power equipment, EV charges and more at www.pvrea.coop/rebates/
As your trusted energy advisor, we're here to help. If you have questions about your bill or additional ways to save energy, please let us know. We're only one click or phone call away. Have a safe and joyful 4th of July!