2008 Energy Efficiency News for South Dakotans

September 2008
Home improvements now help save money this winter
Home improvements now help save money this winter This fall is the perfect time to bundle your house to face the cold winter temperatures that lay ahead, suggests the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. Weatherizing efforts, ranging from low-cost options to home improvement . (read more)
August 2008
Balanced billing an option to deal with higher winter heating costs
In advance of higher winter heating costs, the S.D. PUC encourages residents to consider using a balanced billing option offered by their natural gas or electric utility. The billing method averages the user's monthly payment and evenly spreads the expense over 12 months. ... (read more)
NorthWestern Energy donates $150,000 to help lower-income customers in South Dakota
NorthWestern Energy announced it would make $150,000 available through an energy assistance grant to help lower-income customers hard hit by rising energy prices. . (read more)
PUC says be prepared for higher heating costs
The S.D. PUC is urging residents to prepare for increased heating costs this winter. The expected prices of natural gas, heating oil and propane will be substantially higher than consumers experienced last winter. ... (read more)
June 2008
USDA Rural Development invites applications for renewable energy loans and grants
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced during an international renewable energy conference this spring that USDA will accept $220.9 million in loan and grant applications within USDA's Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program ... (read more)

May 2008
PUC gives go-ahead to Otter Tail Power Company for energy efficiency plan
Continuing the work of its South Dakota Energy Smart initiative, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission approved an energy efficiency plan presented by Otter Tail Power Company … (read more)
Philip, S.D., is site for energy efficiency/alternative energy workshop
Residents of Bennett, Shannon, Jackson and Haakon counties are invited to an all-day workshop in Philip on May 22 to learn about energy efficiency and alternative energy … (read more)
Energy efficiency/alternative energy workshop to be held in Hot Springs
The Black Hills RC&D is holding an energy efficiency/alternative energy workshop for the people they serve in Butte, Meade, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer and Fall River counties on May 21 in Hot Springs, ... (read more)
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