Working Together to Make our Community Greener

In an era of increased attention to energy issues and related costs, more and more people are looking for ways to manage energy consumption while minimizing costs. Learn how you can help make an impact today.

Go Green with Paperless Billing

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Go Green with Paperless Billing

Once enrolled you will have access to your utility bills anytime at your convenience. With NorthWestern Energy's E-bill, an email will be sent informing you that your detailed electronic bill is available to review online. It's fast, convenient and completely secure.

E+ Energy Efficiency Offerings

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E+ Energy Efficiency Offerings

In an era of increased attention to energy issues and related costs, more and more people are looking for ways to manage energy consumption. That is why NorthWestern Energy created the Efficiency Plus (E+) brand to signal ways that the consumer can reduce their use and seize the savings.

 

Because we are a regulated utility, E+ program offerings vary depending upon which state you live in. Nevertheless, no matter where you are - NorthWestern Energy has many helpful ways to be energy efficient.

Top 10 Tips for Energy Efficiency

  1. Compare your energy usage on your billing statement from month to month and from year to year to become aware of what impacts your energy use.
  2. Evaluate your insulation levels to determine if you have enough to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In the winter, cold floors and walls are a sign of a poorly insulated home.
  3. Check your hot water heater’s temperature to make sure it’s safe and efficient — 120 degrees is plenty!
  4. Check your refrigerator and freezer temperatures to make sure the refrigerator is set between 37 and 40 degrees F and your freezer temperature is between 0 and 5 degrees F.
  5. Check your heating equipment to make sure it is working properly and clean or replace the furnace filters.
  6. Inspect your windows and doors for air leaks. If you see daylight around a door or window frame, then the door or window leaks. Seal up the leaks by caulking, adding weather stripping, or installing a door sweep.
  7. Wrap your hot water tank and install pipe insulation on the first 10 feet of the hot water pipe.
  8. Install low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads.
  9. Replace incandescent light bulbs that are used more than three hours a day with energy-efficient CFLs or LEDs.
  10. See what rebates or tax credits may be available for qualifying insulation measures, programmable thermostats, and high efficiency natural gas equipment.

E+ Green Program

NorthWestern Energy’s electricity supply mix for our Montana customers includes nearly 70% clean energy from carbon-free hydro, wind, and some solar generation. We offer our Montana electric customers an option to "green up" their electricity usage with green power. You don’t have to install anything or make a big investment.

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Is your home energy efficient?

The greenest kilowatt hour is the one that is never generated. That’s why energy efficiency is an important first step in a “greener” energy footprint. We offer the FREE E+ Home EnergyCheck to our Montana space or water-heating customers. It’s a great way to learn and find ways to reduce your current energy consumption and make your home energy efficient.

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ENERGY STAR Home Advisor®

If your home doesn’t qualify for our EnergyCheck program, we recommend you check out the ENERGY STAR Home Advisor® to see what might make sense for your home. After you’ve taken steps to reduce your energy usage through improvements such as additional insulation, air sealant measures, lighting, windows, ENERGY STAR appliances and electronics, etc., then adding a renewable energy system may be your next choice.

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Interested in Installing Renewable Energy?

When NorthWestern Energy customers install solar panels, small winds turbine and/or small scale hydro at their house, they can produce energy themselves to electrify their homes.

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Renewable Energy Resources for Existing Solar

Do you have questions about the operation of your existing solar photovoltaic system? Review the resource to help you learn more about the safe and productive operation of your solar electric system.

Download the Montana Consumer Guide to Grid-Interactive Solar PV Systems

 

Have questions?

We're here to help if you have questions or need more information about any of our programs.

 

Interested in Learning More?

We’ve been working with our customers interested in installing renewable energy systems on their homes and businesses for more than 20 years. We know that there can be many questions and decisions along the way as you consider whether a renewable energy system makes sense for your home. We encourage you to review the resources provided to help you make informed decisions on your renewable energy project.