Co-op Connections Announces New Savings Program…

The days of long checkout lines and crazy parking lots are a thing of the past as more and more people are shopping online. A new benefit from your Co-op Connections Card gives Jones-Onslow EMC members cash back when online purchases are made from more than 5,000 of your favorite stores.

With Co-op Connections’ Cash Back Mall, you can earn cash back on purchases of more than 300,000,000 products.

To start earning your cash back, visit www.Connections.coop/CashBackMall and click on the Cash Back Mall link on the Co-op Connections Card menu. 

By clicking the “Download Now” button and following the instructions, a free shopping assistant tool bar will appear at the top of your internet browser. This tool bar will keep track of the cash back you have earned. As you make online purchases at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, the Apple Store and other big name retailers, watch the money in your account pile up. From fishing and outdoor gear to clothing and big screen TVs, it all adds up.

When setting up your account you choose how you would like to receive your cash back, whether it is directly deposited into your account or a printed check mailed to your address. You can also decide at what dollar amount you would like to receive your cash, $15, $25, $50.

Whether you are buying gifts for loved ones or treating yourself, Cash Back Mall can put money back in your pocket. It’s just another member benefit brought to you by Jones-Onslow EMC.

Middle School Students Have Scholarship Opportunity…

Your cooperative and the other North Carolina Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are, again this year, offering middle school students the chance to win a full scholarship to summer basketball camp. Young men can apply to attend the June 21-25 Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and young ladies can apply to attend the June 23-26 Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University in Raleigh.

Jones-Onslow will award scholarships to one boy and one girl this year. At the overnight camps, coaches and college student-athletes will work directly with campers to develop fundamental skills that will help the youth excel both on and off the court.

Applications and more information have been sent to area middle schools. Students who will be in the sixth, seventh, or eighth grade during the 2014-2015 school year can apply. The winning applicants will be selected from an essay contest. All applications are due back to Jones-Onslow by March 31, 2014.

For more information, call (910) 353-1940 or (800) 682-1515 and speak with Paula Redick or visit the cooperative website. To download the basketball scholarship application, go to “The Cooperative” menu item, “Community” tab, and then “Sports Camps”.

Stop “MYTH” Understanding (part one)

There’s a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Break a mirror, and you’ll have seven years of bad luck. These familiar myths and old wives’ tales (as well as many others) have been passed down for generations but when it comes to energy, myths can cost us valuable energy dollars. Over the next couple of months, we’ll discuss a few common energy myths and provide the facts so you can save.

MYTH 1: Heat With Space Heaters Saves Money.
Space heaters may be small but they’re big energy  guzzlers. Using a space heater in a room or small space, for a short time, isn’t so bad; however, if you’re using a space heater for long periods to heat large spaces, you’re increasing your energy use and bill. Use space heaters with caution because they can cause spikes in your energy bills. In some cases, it’s better to increase the thermostat a degree or two in your home if it isn’t warm enough. Energy audits have been conducted on homes where two or more space heaters were operating at the same time for large areas. This usually resulted in high energy bills and created safety hazards when placed too close to furniture or flammable materials.

MYTH 2: Using Computer Screen Savers Saves Energy.
Those mystical whirling geometric shapes may mesmerize you when you’re not working on your computer but they’re not saving energy. In fact, your screen saver is a computer program that’s operating when you’re not using your computer, so you’re not saving energy at all. Instead, use your computer’s sleep mode setting to kick in after a period of inactivity. You can do the same for your monitor.

MYTH 3: Closing Vents Saves Energy.
Closing vents in rooms that aren’t occupied or used often doesn’t save energy. Restricting conditioned air pushes it through other vents in the house. It can also cause backpressure on the fan that pushes the air through your system, which makes it use more energy and work harder.

 

Really…I Should Unplug That To Save Electricity?

A 4-Step Guide to “Phantom” Loads

Studies show that in an average home, 5 to 8 percent of electricity consumption stems from appliances with “phantom” loads, which means that they consume electricity even when switched off. To put that in perspective, the average North American household consumes roughly 10,800 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. If you estimate that 6.5 percent of your total electricity consumption comes from phantom loads, the amount drained by these appliances equals about 700 kWh annually — or $70 per year.

So how can you tell which devices are okay to leave plugged in?

  1. Satisfactory Standby: Microwave ovens and alarm clocks, which use relatively small amounts of standby power, are acceptable to leave plugged in. If you record programs frequently with your DVR, you should probably leave it plugged in.
  2. Unnecessary Unplugging: You don’t have to worry about unplugging items with mechanical on/off switches, such as lamps, hair dryers, or small kitchen appliances like toasters or mixers…they don’t draw any power when turned off.
  3. Power Strip Protection: Try plugging household electronics like personal computers, monitors, printers, speakers, stereos, DVD and video game players, and cell phone chargers into power strips. Not only do power strips protect sensitive electronic components from power surges, you can quickly turn off several items at once.
  4. Smart Savings: A better solution to power strips may be found in “smart strips”. Most smart strips feature three outlet colors, each with a unique task. The blue outlet serves as a control plug and is ideal for heavily used devices like TVs or computers. The neutral or green outlets are connected to the blue outlet. Turning off the blue outlet will also cut power to any equipment plugged into those outlets. Devices plugged into red outlets remain on — electricity to these outlets never cuts off making them perfect for satellite boxes or other appliances that need constant power.

 



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