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Energy Make Over Contest

Energy Makeover Contest


You could be a winner!  The Energy Makeover Contest gives you twelve chances to win valuable prizes to enhance efficiency and conservation efforts in your home or business. Each month we will focus on a new topic to help you learn how little changes can help you save big!  The information gathered will help Sioux Valley Energy continue to educate our members about energy saving practices, safety, and ensure the programs we offer meet your needs.

Challenge Month #6 -- When Off isn't Really Off

Are your electronics hidden energy hogs that are impacting your wallet? There’s a significant amount of energy that goes into powering all the devices you have plugged in even when you think they are turned off. According to, it’s estimated that US households spend approximately $100 per year to power devices while they aren’t in use. Across the country, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kWh of annual electricity consumption and $11 billion in annual energy costs. If you’re in the market to purchase new electronics, look for Energy Star rated ones. This can include TVs, home theater systems, DVD players CD players, receivers, speakers, printers and much more.

Here’s a few ways to save electricity for some common electronics:

  • The television is one of the most used electronics in the home, with an average user keeping it on for 6.5 hours day. This usage could add another $230 on to your annual electric bill for one TV. You can reduce the energy consumption of your current TV by not leaving it on standby mode and reducing the back light setting. Energy Star rated TVs are about 25% more efficient that conventional models.
  • Power manage your computers and monitors to enter a low-power sleep mode after a period of inactivity and shut them off when not in use.
  • Unplug chargers, such as those used for laptops and cell phones, when they are not being used.
  • Set-top boxes connect your cable to your entertainment system, but it’s not just their clocks that run when no one is watching. The cable and satellite providers are improving the energy efficiency of their equipment. When choosing your pay-tv provider, select an Energy Star partner. Some Americans are now using streaming devices such as Roko or Apply TV in place of pay-tv. These devices use as little as 5 kWh a year per room.
  • Game consoles may have some power-saving features, but the unit has to be turned off to take advantage of those capabilities. Many users just leave them on in standby mode or just shut off the TV. Newer consoles have an auto power-down feature. Use your laptop or tablet for streaming instead of your game console—they consume ten times less energy when streaming.
  • Plug electronics into a smart power strip which allows you to designate “always on” for devices that need to maintain network connection, while cutting power from devices when they are not in use.

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN AN XBOX ONE GAMING STATION WITH POWER STRIP ($250 VALUE)!   Please complete the entry form and hit submit.

Please complete the entry below and mail to Sioux Valley Energy, Energy Makeover Contest, PO Box 216, Colman, SD 57017. The entry is also available online at One entry per member.

Challenge Month Six entry must be received by March 31st to be eligible for the drawing.

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