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Energy Efficiency for Renters

How renters can fight the winter chill

By Abby Berry

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 33 percent of Americans lease their homes. Unfortunately, many lease agreements forbid major alterations to rental properties. But don’t worry, renters! Consider using these low-cost, energy-efficient tips to improve the efficiency of your home this winter.

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Jay Frye Earns Board Leadership Certificate

Menard Electric Director Jay Frye has successfully completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Board Leadership Certification Program.

The program recognizes individuals who continue their professional development after becoming a Credentialed Cooperative Director with 10 additional credits in advanced, issue-oriented courses.

Energy Vampires Are Lurking in Your Home

Vampires are lurking in your home right now. Really, they are. But you can throw down your wooden stake and put away the garlic-it’s not what you think. These vampires can be vanquished with a quick flick of your wrist.

We’re talking about vampire electronics (as we call them)-devices in your home that lurk in the shadows, often undetected, but that continue to suck power long after the rest of the household is asleep.

Team Competes in Lineman Safety Rodeo

The Menard Electric Cooperative team of (from left in photo) Lineman Nick Schachtsiek, Apprentice Lineman Stormy Hild, Leadman Jeremy Willis and Apprentice Lineman Gary Wagner competed in the 17th annual Lineman’s Safety Rodeo sponsored by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives on Friday, Oct. 3.

During the individual competition, Gary Wagner received first place in the Bucket Truck Obstacle Course.

October is National Cooperative Month

We are celebrating October as National Cooperative Month! Do you want to learn more about electric cooperatives and Menard Electric? Here are some links to places on our website and others that will tell you more about what makes us unique!

Scholarships-College & Lineworker School

Attention High School Seniors

$1,500 Scholarships Available

 

Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives Memorial Scholarship Program

Deadline: December 31, 2014

5 scholarships -- for children of IL electric co-op members

3 scholarships -- for children of IL electric co-op members, employees or directors who are enrolling full-time at an IL community college

1 scholarship -- for a child of an IL electric co-op employee or director

Draft Dodgers

Draft dodgers: Weather stripping your home

Right-of-Way Spraying Begins

Spoon River Electric Cooperative's forestry department recently began applying herbicide to areas served by our Mason City substation. The spraying will continue throughout September as weather allows to locations that underwent tree trimming in 2013 and the beginning of 2014.  These areas include facilities extending from the Mason City, Poplar City, and Salisbury substations.

For a map of the area and more infromation see our Tree Trimming Page.

LIHEAP Help Paying Bills

  If you qualify, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) would provide a one-time lump sum payment directly to us on your behalf. The payment is based upon the number of people in your household and their combined 30-day gross monthly income. Family of one-$1,459; two-$1,966; four-$2,981. Call your local office below for additional amounts and information.

Understanding the Power Cost Adjustment

A Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) is a direct reflection of our power supply and transmission costs; when the PCA is implemented, the line will appear as a positive or negative dollar amount on your bill. The PCA will be shown when the cost of providing power rises above or falls below our budgeted levels for power supply and we need to pass those cost changes on to you. The PCA was implemented with your August bill.

Keep in mind the PCA is not a new charge; we’ve had it in our rate structure for more than 20 years, although it had not appeared on your bills for five years.

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