Steve Smith Articles

Poll Shows Savings Sparks Interest in Energy Efficiency

A major retrofit with an eye toward energy efficiency, including energy efficient heating, new windows, installing LED bulbs, improving insulation, replacing roofs and taking other actions to seal the thermal envelope can cut home energy use at least in half,...

Tech Protection Provides New Avenue for Engagement for Coops

A New Offering for Utilities to Increase Customer Engagement and Satisfaction Norwalk, Connecticut – Engaging customers is a challenge for cooperatives, especially renters and low-and moderate-income homeowners because they may not need or be able to afford...

Public-Private Partnership between HomeServe and Energy Co-Op Benefits Retiree

It started with a high electric bill. “I should have known then,” said Carol R. of Mason, Illinois. “The electricity bill went to $450.” However, it was the tail end of spring, and she was still using the furnace. Maybe the unseasonable cold was the problem. But just...

Climate Change Will Cost Cooperatives Millions if Not Addressed

Climate change spells lowered efficiency, increased expenses and more outages – the only thing members dislike more than rate increases – and as the demand for energy increases, the problems around climate change only loom larger. The decade between 2000 to 2010 was...