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How to prepare your family & property for severe weather

Storm season is upon us and we all know how damaging they can get. Click here to find out some ways on how to be prepared for when the weather hits. 

 

Recipients of the The Directors' Memorial Scholarship

Every year, Golden Spread G & T provides a scholarship to students from families who are members of Golden Spreads 16 Member cooperative, one being Coleman County Electric Cooperative. This scholarship pays $500 for each of four semesters for a student's first two years of college, totaling $2,000. Two of the eight recipients of the Directors' Memorial Scholarship came from our very own Cooperative! We would like to congratulate McKenzie Arrott & Macy Lange, both from Ballinger, TX on receiving this scholarship.

To read more about the 2017 Directors' Memorial Scholarship and the recipients, click here.

Visit the Golden Spread website at www.gsec.coop for additional scholarship information. 

 

New metering system being installed

Coleman County Electric Cooperative is investing in new, automated meters to improve the efficiency and reliability of our electric system. We will be replacing all 8,700+ meters on our system for numerous benefits that will help us:

Save money by eliminating the labor and transportation costs of in-person meter readings

  • Improve billing accuracy, eliminating misreads or inaccurate readings
  • Improve electric service reliability and power quality—fewer outages, blink and surges
  • Help secure the overall safety of the cooperative employee team
  • Help pinpoint the exact location of outages more quickly, meaning a faster response time

There will be no additional costs to the member for the install, nor a rate increase is anticipated with this project. These meters will be transmitting information to our headquarters office in 15 minute intervals, by radio frequency telecommunication (just like cellphones, laptops, Wi-Fi- wireless router, etc.).  

Installation for these new automated meters started around the beginning of April 2017. We have started in the Novice area, will proceed to Coleman and expand from there. We plan on having every meter replaced by the end of 2018. You will need to reset your electronic devices after the new meter is installed because of the loss of power for a few minutes. If you can please update the office with any new/updated information regarding us entering the location to get these meters changed out (i.e. gate combinations, bad dogs), we would highly appreciate it.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 325-625-2128.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 

Coleman County Electric Cooperative will have its 79th Annual Membership Meeting on July 14 at the Coleman High School, Coleman, Texas.  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., George Allison the One Man Band will be there to play his musical instruments and sing before the Business Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

We plan to have homemade ice cream and cookies prepared and served by the Coleman County 4H at the Coleman Junior High Cafeteria.  Attendance gifts will be given to each member registering, as well as attendance gifts for the kids.  There will be prize drawings for the adults’ and children.

As you know, a couple of years ago, we made some changes in the ballot procedure.  We would just like to remind you that if you mail your ballot or bring your ballot to the meeting, you need to vote for the directors of your choice.  Place the ballot in the envelope and sign the outside of the envelope.  The signature must be on the outside of the envelope and the envelope sealed for your vote to be counted.

Please mark July 14 on your calendars and make plans to attend this year’s meeting in Coleman.  Come and enjoy the fellowship with your fellow members while participating in the business activities of your own Cooperative.   

    

Watch Out for Electrical Hazards on the Farm

By Chris Grammes

Those who live on a farm know that not only is it hard work, but it can be dangerous, too. Each year, farmers are electrocuted when large farm machinery comes into contact with overhead power lines.

Often, the situation occurs because a newer, bigger piece of equipment no longer clears a line the way a smaller one did. In addition, shifting soil may also affect whether or not machinery avoids power lines from year to year.

The following tips will help keep everyone on a farm safe:

  • Look over work areas carefully for overhead power lines and utility poles.
  • Make sure you have ample clearance when moving large machinery such as combines, grain augers, pickers, bailers, and front-end loaders. Do this every year as equipment sizes or soil conditions may change.
  • Store large equipment properly if near or under power lines. When planning new construction, factor in existing power lines.
  • Be extra careful when working around trees and brush; they often make it difficult to see power lines.
  • Train all farm workers to keep an eye out for overhead power lines.

Sources: Safe Electricity www.safeelectricity.org; National Ag Safety Database

 

Wi-Power is making its way to the Coleman area

As most of you know, Wi-Power Internet & Phone has been brought to our rural areas of Miles, Lawn, Novice, Lake Coleman, Ballinger, and Talpa. We are pleased to announce that with recent approvals, the Coleman Area will be scheduled to be released in June. You may call in now to 844-660-7400 to add your residence or business name to the list. Once production starts, TWN will contact you and get the process started to bring Wi-Power’s Internet & Telephone to you.

 

Thunderstorm safety tips from the American Red Cross

When thunderstorms are rolling your way, stay safe with these helpful tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
  • Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.

Source: American Red Cross

 

5 TIPS TO SPRING INTO SUMMER

Spring is the perfect time to begin saving energy around the home.  By taking advantage of the mild weather, you can make the improvements needed to transition from the cold winter.  Here are five ways to spring into summer.

1. Replace your air filter.

Replacing a dirty, clogged air filter allows your system not to work so hard to circulate the air.  Spring is also a great time to get your HVAC system serviced to make sure it is operating most efficiently.

2. Seal the cracks and gaps.

Keep outside air from leaking into your home.  Inspect the cracks and penetrations around the home.  You may need to re-apply caulking or foam where cable lines, dryer vents, and telephone lines may penetrate your home. Look around windows for gaps and install door seals to the exterior doors.

3. Install a smart or programmable thermostat.

No need to cool an empty home.  Installing an advanced thermostat can yield significant savings when programmed to work around your schedule.

4. Lower your water heating costs.

Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 F.). Washing clothes in cold water will help save energy and money.

5. Save in the laundry room. 

The dryer is one of the larger appliances in a home.  Make sure your dryer is operating at full efficiency by inspecting the dryer vent and cleaning the lint trap after every use.  Air drying your clothes will help limit your laundry costs.

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How Energy Efficient are you?

How would you like to play a game to find out how energy efficient you are? Touchstone Energy offers a game for you to play to see just that, plus

give you tips along the way on how to save money and how to improve your homes energy efficiency! Click here to try it out! 

 

Don't Miss These Scholarship Opportunities

If you are a high school graduate of 2017 and are enrolled in a college, technical school, or university as a freshman, you may be eligible for CCEC’s scholarship. Application deadline for submission is June 30th, 2017

Click here for the PDF scholarship application.

 

Updated Pricing Pans for TWN

TWN has new and improved internet pricing plans that can be bundled with phone to match with your digital needs. Currently, the only areas that are up and running are Lake Coleman, Miles, Lawn, Novice, Ballinger & Talpa. Make sure you keep an eye out for more updates from CCEC on when more cites will becoming live in the near future! For more information, please visit www.wi-power.com

 

 

Energy Efficiency Displays

We have a great display of modules in our front office, that gives you a hands on learning experience on what you can do to help save money on your electric bill.

  • Lighting Comparison - See how much energy different light bulbs really use
  • Insulation Comparison - Learn about different insulation R-Value and air penetration properties 
  • Wall Section - Dynamically observe proper and improper methods of sealing against infiltration

 

 

Home Efficiency Analysis Tool

We know saving energy often means saving money, but did you know that having an energy efficient home can help even more? Making energy efficiency improvements is easy, too! Tell us a bit about your home and we'll give you quick tips and fixes, designed around your space, to help you cut down on your energy costs. Visit http://homeefficiency.touchstoneenergy.com/ to utilize this great tool from Touchstone Energy! 

 

 

Early Retirements of Patronage Capital Belonging to Estates
The retirement of patronage capital is an essential part of operating on a cooperative basis.  Coleman County Electric Cooperative is offering early retirements of patronage capital belonging to estates of deceased members as long as the financial condition of CCEC is not impaired. Since such retirements will occur prior to when patronage capital would generally be retired, early retirements will be on a discounted basis. 

If you are interested in the procedures for early discounted retirements for a deceased member, please contact the office at (800)560-2128 or (325)625-2128 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. We can estimate the discounted retirement amount due and send you a list of documents needed to close the patronage account.

 

Savings At Your Finger Tips
The Touchstone Energy Together We Save app is a tool designed to cut your costs and better connect you to your cooperative. With its easy navigation and customizable features, this free app is a staple to the informed member/consumer.     

 



                      

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