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Moving toward full electrification of your household could help you save money, help the environment, and improve your overall quality of life. All of this is made possible through beneficial electrification.

Beneficial electrification is the use of electricity to power devices where doing so satisfies at least one of the following conditions without adversely affecting the other: saves consumers money over time, benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improves product quality or consumer quality of life, and fosters a more robust and resilient grid.

Simply put, beneficial electrification is the use of electronically powered devices to benefit everyone. Beneficial electrification supports the common good by lowering energy costs without negatively impacting the world around us. There are several ways that beneficial electrification helps to achieve these goals. Here are three:

  1. Saves money over time. Studies have shown that the average cost to charge an electric vehicle is equal to about $1.20 per gallon of gas. So, if you were to purchase an electric vehicle in Colorado, you could save an average of $2 per equivalent gallon of gas. You can install your own charging station right in your household to increase efficiency and convenience for you. Utilizing other energy efficient resources, such as solar panels, can help pay for the electricity you use to power your vehicle.
  2. Help the environment by producing fewer greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases include gasoline, diesel, fuel, oil, and propane. These gases are used to fuel many of the items we use daily, but while using products that are fueled by greenhouse gases, we are negatively impacting the environment. Electric devices can replenish energy in a clean and sustainable way. This has not always been the case, but in the last several years electric companies have changed their procedures to allow for a steady decline of greenhouse emissions from their facilities. This is possible due to increased efficiency of electric devices and the integration of renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.
  3. Improve overall quality of life, for everyone. Individuals are increasingly deciding to convert to electric devices, making not only their energy more affordable but also positively impacting the environment that will sustain future generations.

Beneficial electrification has the potential to positively affect all of us and not everyone needs to go fully electric to reap the benefits. The idea is that together we can impact the environment, improve overall quality of life, and decrease energy costs by increasingly eliminating fossil fueled devices from our households.

San Isabel Electric members and non-members can start making the switch today with Empower. Empower offers products such as heat pumps, electric vehicle charging stations, and electric thermal storage units. Rebates are also available for electric power equipment such as lawnmowers, snow blowers and yard trimmers, all of which support beneficial electrification. Empower also offers competitive pricing and financing plans, making these enhancements affordable for anyone. Contact Empower by phone at 719-647-6250 or by email at empower@siea.com.

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As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving nearly 20,000 member-owners and 24,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.