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How much does it cost to run an electric heater?

Electric heaters might be inexpensive to buy, but they are not inexpensive to operate. A typical 1,200-watt electric heater left on just four hours each day will add about $30 to your monthly electric bill. That’s about $1 per day, or $0.25 per hour of operation. Sometimes electric heaters can be …

How much does it cost to run my AC?

It’s been HOT! According to a recent News-Miner article, Fairbanksans have been buying up all of the air conditioners and fans available locally. We’ve had some inquiries regarding the cost to run them. Below is a breakdown of the cost to operate an in-room air-conditioning unit for a day and for a month. In …

Fishing trip vs. the cost to operate your freezer

The fishing trip costs more This answer could probably be argued, but let’s start with the cost to operate the freezer: A chest freezer of this size, 3.5 cubic feet (large enough to hold 120 pounds of frozen fish) consumes about 216 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. Given current electric rates of 19 …

No vision benefits? Check this out.

If you are a GVEA member, you are eligible to participate in the Co-op Connections Card program. Besides offering savings at many local businesses including Badger Glass, In My Element, Music Mart, Jazzercise, Miracle Ear, Alpine Lodge, Bobby’s Downtown, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Lavelle’s Bistro and Wholesale Furniture, the Co-op Connections Card …

How much will my Christmas lights cost me?

Note: The electric rates used in this article were current at the time of posting. Most current rates can be found here. If you are getting ready to put up Christmas lights, think twice before hanging the incandescent strands. While they are cheap to buy, the electricity to operate them is not. …

You have the power to use less

Trying to lower your home’s energy usage? You’ll get the biggest bang for your buck by focusing on the biggest energy guzzlers. We’ve covered many of these on this blog: Sign up for a GVEA Home$ense Energy Audit. Find out where your house is using the most energy and how to cut back. …