Benefits on electric cars add up

Tax credits, electric bill credits, discounts and rebates are some of the many perks that can come from switching to an electric car.

"Incentives help to increase adoption, generate awareness, and motivate initial growth in an early market to help create a firm foundation for future growth,” says one advocate.

Are there perks you hadn’t considered?

Read more in this piece from Mashable.

Montezuma County Colorado Chevrolet Bolt Electric Vehicles

Officials in Montezuma County, Colo. are hoping to reduce fuel and maintenance costs with the purchase of three new electric vehicles.

The county purchased three Chevrolet Bolt EVs to replace older SUVs, and the vehicles will be shared by staff members in the county’s social services, IT and health departments.

Read more from The Durango Herald.

The average home spends $1,368 annually on electricity. While that helps power things we rely on like heating, cooling, entertainment and information, a third of it can be wasted.

But you can enjoy the benefits of electricity while reducing this waste.

Myles Jensen, senior manager of member relations with the member-owned, not-for-profit Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, offers three conservation tips to help:

  1. A smart thermostat can reduce cooling and heating costs, which total nearly half of a typical home’s energy use.
  2. Adjusting water usage and lowering hot water temperatures can reduce the energy used by a water heater.
  3. Cold water washing and outdoor drying can cut washer and dryer energy consumption.

Read all his recommendations here.

We all know electricity is beneficial.

It powers farm equipment, manufacturing, life-saving medical devices and information technology that is so critical to learning and economic growth.  

While Americans are accustomed to reliable electricity, nearly a billion people worldwide lack access. This stunts the economies, schools and health of impacted countries.

But even in the United States, the expanded use of electricity can benefit us all.

“Beneficial electrification” describes how new uses of electricity – for example, electric vehicles – can serve consumers while reducing emissions from the burning of fossil fuels like gasoline. That’s because an increasing amount of our electricity is produced using renewable, carbon-free sources like hydropower, wind and solar.

Vehicles are not the only example where electricity can provide cleaner options. For example, building heating systems or water heaters are often currently powered by fossil fuels like propane, which is heavily used in rural communities. But they can also run efficiently on electricity.

Expanding access to this beneficial electrification requires incentives, like tax credits reduce the cost to consumers of electric vehicles. And in rural Colorado, of course, more charging stations are needed to make electric vehicles practical to local drivers. 

Beneficial electrification also can be promoted by encouraging builders to install electric vehicle charging ports in new homes and incentivizing architects to design buildings to incorporate electric versions of products.

Like any new technology, electric versions of products traditionally powered by fossil fuels will initially be more expensive, so these incentives are needed to promote their widespread adoption.

As they become more widespread, we’ll all benefit.

The electric grid is a giant and complex machine that provides us all with reliable access to electricity. It has three main parts:

  1. Generation, where energy from the wind, sun, fossil fuels like coal and gas, and water is turned into electricity.

  2. Transmission, which is how that electricity gets from the power plants to communities where it’s needed.

  3. Distribution, which delivers electricity to each individual home or business in a community.


Substations provide a critical link to connect these three elements.


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