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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 #8 -- Save with Smart Technology

Tracking your steps, monitoring your banking activity or locating your parked car—there’s an app for that. Think about all the electronics and technologies that keep you well-connected these days. Over 95% of US families have a cell phone, 77% of Americans own a smart phone and nearly 80% of adults own a laptop, desktop computer or tablet. Consumer electronics, coupled with the growing array of smart appliances and technology, have steadily changed our homes, businesses and lifestyles. The increased reliance on these devices gives members the power to use smart technologies to impact their energy use and efficiency.

In many cases, energy savings is a touchscreen away as more apps enable you to monitor energy use. Here’s just a few examples:

Smart Bridge: You can install an internet-connected smart hub/bridge system to allow you to communicate with and control all your smart devices from one app.

Smart Lighting: With just a few swipes on a smart phone app, you can control smart lighting in your home or business. It’s more than just convenient. Smart light bulbs are more energy efficient and some bulbs use GPS on your phone to determine your location and can turn lights on or off based on where you are. Some bulbs can even be voice controlled.

Smart Blinds: These blinds are not only useful if you have tall or hard to reach windows, they can also improve your efficiency. Smart blinds allow you to schedule your blinds to open and close during certain times of the day to take advantage of the sun and increased efficiency.

Smart Thermostat: Many smart thermostats can learn your heating and cooling behavior and will auto-schedule based upon your preferences.

Smart Appliances: You can use smart Wi-Fi technology to make your cooking appliances, like smokers, set to cook the perfect meal while you are away from home. You can also program energy saving settings and timers on smart refrigerators, washers, dryers, and dishwashers.

While modern life involves greater dependence on technology, your local cooperative is also another resource for saving energy and lowering your electric bill. Sioux Valley Energy offers SmartHub as an app or through a web portal to make managing your energy bill easier than ever. SmartHub transmits utility data enabling consumers to see near real-time information about their energy use. Essentially, customers can better understand how and when they use energy. In addition, you can pay your bill, sign up for outage notifications and notify customer service of account or service issues.

This month’s challenge: Sign up for SmartHub to manage your electric account, monitor your usage, compare your usage history data, and utilize smart technology to help you stay on a budget or to accomplish your energy efficiency goals. Download the free mobile or tablet app in the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace (SmartHub National Information Solutions Cooperative) or login/create an account from the front page of our website at If you are already signed up for SmartHub, check out the resources available to manage your electric account. For more information on SmartHub, contact the billing department at 1-800-234-1960 or visit


One entry per member.

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

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