4 Spring cleaning tips that can save you energy too

May 3, 2019

Clean your refrigerator coils. Before your fridge starts to work extra hard in the heat of summer, give it a leg up by cleaning the condenser coils that are underneath your fridge. We are known for lots of dirt and pet hair here in Central Oregon which can build up on the coils. When they […]

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Clean Up Your Furnace Filter’s Act

January 10, 2019

Want in on a dirty little secret? A less-than-pristine furnace filter could be costing you, big time. Furnaces with dirty filters or ducts waste energy and money, shorten the life of your furnace, and pollute your indoor air. The good news? Cleaning up your furnace’s act starts with changing the filter regularly. It is recommended […]

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Oregon Electric Vehicle Rebates

December 28, 2018

Did you know that Oregon Has one of the best EV incentives in the country? The Oregon Clean Energy Rebate Program offers Oregon residents a rebate of up to $2,500, when paired with the $7,500 Federal tax credit drivers can save $10,000 off a new electric car. In addition to the standard rebate there is an […]

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Energy Saving Tips for Schools and Homes

September 12, 2017

Check out these energy-saving tips from the energy heroes at Bear Creek! Lights out Turning off lights when not in use saves energy and money. A simple note by the switch often does the trick! It’s a common myth that turning off CFL lights (compact fluorescent lights) will result in more energy loss when they […]

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Buying Green Power in Central Oregon

June 29, 2017

As of 2016, renewable energy accounted for only 12% of the United State’s energy consumption. Renewable energy sources are immensely valuable in their ability to compete with fossil fuels while preserving our environment, but remain vastly underused. These programs from your power providers support the use of renewable energy sources by buying from wind, solar, […]

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You can be the Leader of a Movement

May 8, 2017

So, you just got some free LEDs installed. And you think they’re pretty great.  What are you waiting for?!  You’re excited–don’t you think your friends will be too? Now’s your chance to spread the word. Don’t let your friends miss out. Here are five ways you can help spread the word:

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Flushing Away Hard Earned Dollars?

July 1, 2016

In office buildings, on average, 37% of expenditures go towards water – and in schools, it is 45%. And did you know that commercial buildings spend 8% of their utilities just to heat water? Since you are essentially paying for water twice (once to supply the building, and second as sewer discharge), analyzing water usage […]

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Rays the roof–with solar, of course!

June 2, 2016

 Calling all local businesses – check out this new solar incentive program! Together with local businesses, we know we can make a difference in the amount of energy that our community uses. That’s why The Bend Energy Challenge is launching a special program to bring Power to the People. Join our team of business energy heroes and your business can sign […]

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Indoor water-saving tips from the pros

May 27, 2016

In Bend, our water and sewer rates were recently modernized and we now we pay for every gallon of water we use. Our sewer rate is also connected to how much water we use and is calculated based on our average winter indoor water use. That means that any water saved indoors saves on the […]

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Outdoor water-saving tips from the pros

May 24, 2016

  The single most important thing Bendites can do to conserve water is to know how much water they use outdoors.  Why?  Because most of us have no idea! Outdoors is where we have the biggest opportunity to make an impact and the more you know about how much you use, the the easier it […]

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