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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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.
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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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