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ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS

Open Curtains

 

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Fighting winter chills?

A crackling fire in the hearth warms the house, but don't let it heat up your electric bill.

Fireplace

To cool energy costs, keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use. Caulk around the fireplace hearth. Double wood-earned warmth by lowering the thermostat setting between 50 and 55 degrees.

Learn more at EnergySaver.gov

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LED light bulbs are a great way to save money on your electricity bill.

LED bulbThey use up to 75% less energy than old, incandescent bulbs.

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Save energy by preventing phantom loads - energy that is used by appliances and electronics even when they are turned off.

Phantom Load

Plug TV and stereo systems into a power strip and turn off all the peripherals with the flip of one switch.

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Where there's lint, there may be fire. A blocked dryer vent is a fire hazard at worst and an energy waste at best. Keep the vent clean to keep your driver working efficiently.

 

GREEN POWER PROGRAM

 

Enrollment Form

 

What is Green Power? Green power refers to electricity generated from renewable sources, such as solar, wind, and biomass.

How Does the Green Power Program Work? GCEA purchases green power at a premium from Tri-State under its Voluntary Renewable Resource Program and then passes the cost of green power on to participating GCEA members. The cost of green power has decreased steadily since the program first started. Initially, it was $2.50 per 100 kWh block. Now, the premium is just 25 cents per block. This means that the average household purchasing seven blocks of green power can contribute to renewable energy for just $1.75 extra a month.

How Will the Premium Affect My Monthly Electric Bill? Here is an example of how the premium will affect an average member's bill. A member whose current electric consumption is 700 kWh, pays the minimum monthly service availability charge of $25.00 plus 700 kWh times the residential rate of $0.11851, or $82.96, for a total bill of $107.96 without tax. If this member wanted to purchase the entire 700 kWh as green power, he would need to sign up for seven blocks of green power at an additional cost of $0.25 per 100 kWh block. The member's bill under the Green Power Program would be calculated by multiplying $0.25 times 7 blocks, equaling $1.75. This amount would be added to the member's monthly bill of $107.96 for a total of $109.71.

How Can I Sign Up? Members can sign up to buy as many blocks of green power as they want, and may discontinue participation in the program at any time by contacting GCEA one month in advance. Call GCEA at 970-641-3520 or click here to sign up. The additional cost to participate in the Green Power Program will appear as a line item on participating members' monthly electric bills.

Non-participating members can rest assured that the Green Power Program has no impact on the price they pay for electricity; their power is produced by the most cost-effective and efficient means possible.

What Businesses Support the Green Power Program? More than fifty local businesses currently participate in the Green Power Program.

How Successful is the Green Power Program? GCEA's share of green power has grown to make us one of the larger green power distributors on the Tri-State Generation and Transmission System.

As of June 2008, nearly five percent of GCEA members (both residential and commercial) were participating in the Green Power Program. Even though we are one of the smallest electric cooperatives in Colorado, GCEA is the seventh largest contributor to green power in the state.

GCEA also participates by purchasing green power blocks for its own energy use. A total of 3,600 blocks is purchased and distributed each month, as shown in the table below:

 

Voluntary Renewable Resource Purchases
July 2012

Class
GCEA Accounts
Blocks
Residential
307
2,341
Commercial
59
671
GCEA
10
988
Total
376
4,000

 

How Will My Participation in the Green Power Program Contribute to A More Sustainable Economy? GCEA purchases power from its supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which purchases its energy from a variety of sources. The current mix, as reported by Tri-State Generation and Transmission, is as follows:

60%
Baseload Resources
15%
Renewable Resources
21%
Purchased Power
4 %
Intermediate and Peaking Resources

 

Tri-State Generation and Transmission is committed to increasing the amount of renewable energy in its portfolio and assures us that there is plenty of wind power and bio-mass power for members who wish to participate in the Green Power Program.

As more people participate in green power programs like ours, more generation and transmission companies will be willing to support the development of renewable energy sources.