Let’s Get Down to Earth

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22, and what better way to celebrate than with a landscaping project. Did you know strategically planting trees and shrubs around your home could save up to 25 percent of typical household energy use?

Maximize shade during the summer.
Landscaping elements such as trees, shrubs and vines can shade your home from summer sun rays that often account for more than half of the heat gain in your home, resulting in your air conditioning unit working harder to keep it cool.

Tunnel summer breezes toward the home.
Planting trees and shrubs in key areas around the home allows you to tunnel breezes toward windows in your home. Although it’s summer, the breezes provide a cooling effect.

Get the most out of the sun’s warming effects in the winter.
Be sure trees and shrubs don’t block the sun’s rays during winter. Select landscaping that will lose leaves during the winter to allow the sun’s rays to shine through open blinds and curtains. Sunshine during the winter can cause heat gain in a good way, heating rooms or areas and ultimately decreasing your HVAC unit’s work.

Place trees and shrubs on the north and northwest side of your home to deflect winter winds away from your home.
A windbreak will reduce wind speed for a distance of as much as 30 times the windbreak’s height. Dense evergreen trees and shrubs planted to the north and northwest of the home are the most common types of windbreak. Take care to avoid planting evergreens too close to your home’s south side if you want to collect passive solar heat from the winter sun.

To find trees and shrubs that suit your planting needs around your home but won’t interfere with Jones-Onslow’s electrical equipment, check out the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Line USA Program at www.arborday.org.



Help Your Kids Have a Fun and Safe Spring…

  • Never fly a kite near electric power lines. Try to stay in the areas that are clear such as fields or parks. If you do fly a kite around power lines and it gets tangled, do not try to remove the kite. Leave it there and contact Jones-Onslow!
  • Never climb trees near power lines. Even if the power lines are not touching the tree they could touch when more weight is added to the branch.
  • Do not climb electric poles and don’t play on or around pad-mounted electrical equipment.
  • Never go into an electrical substation for any reason. Electrical substations contain high-voltage equipment which can be deadly. Never rescue a pet or retrieve a ball or toy that goes inside. Call Jones-Onslow instead.
  • Never throw anything over or towards power lines; and
  • If you see a fallen power line, do not approach it—stay away from it and call Jones-Onslow.

Stop “MYTH” Understandings (part two)

Last month, we debunked a few energy myths that have been out there for some time…myths that could have been costing you valuable energy dollars. This month, in part two of “Stop ‘MYTH’ Understandings…”, we’ll discuss a few more common energy myths and provide the facts so you can save.

MYTH 1: Knocking the chill off.
The term may be a southern thing but “knocking the chill off” a cold room or house by cranking up the thermostat to heat it faster skyrockets your energy bill. An extremely high temperature setting has little effect on how quickly your home heats up. In fact, it may increase your heating system’s run-time, which causes it to use more energy. Programming your thermostat allows you to set temperatures for while you’re away, at home and more. We suggest setting the thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Each degree below that increases your cooling costs by about three percent.

MYTH 2: Flipping light switches on and off costs more.
If you’ve been told it’s better to leave the light on than to flip the switch off and on, you can put that myth to rest. There’s some truth to this that stems from the early generations of light bulbs. Turning the lights on and off would decrease the lifespan of the bulbs; however, technology has advanced to the point that this is no longer accurate. It’s best to switch the lights off, even if you’ll be returning in a few minutes. Bottom line… it’s always better to turn “off” the lights when you leave a room.

MYTH 3: Installing a larger HVAC system will be more efficient
Too large an HVAC system will increase energy bills, decrease comfort and shorten the system’s life. A system that’s too big runs in short cycles. Its energy use at start up is the highest, along with the wear on the parts. When choosing a new HVAC system, make sure the contractor does a load calculation for your home using Manual J to determine the precise size it needs to be.

On the Go With JOEMC’s New Mobile Web App…

Being mobile and “connected” is now part of our daily lives…we want to be able to access information wherever we are, any time, day or night. Jones-Onslow recognized this and introduced its new mobile web app to customers in November of last year (when we redesigned the desktop version of our web site). Don’t know what a mobile web app is or how you can use JOEMC’s new mobile web app to benefit you? Well, let us explain…

JOEMC’s mobile web app is a web application that runs directly through the internet browser of your smartphone. Getting started is quick and easy…simply open the browser on your smartphone and type in www.joemc.com you will be directed to the JOEMC site and can start accessing nearly all of the same information that is available on the desktop version of our web site. There’s no visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play Store…and there’s nothing that has to be downloaded to your smartphone.

The mobile web app gives you secure access to pay your bill right from your smartphone. It also provides a summary (or snapshot) of your account which includes your current balance, past due amount (if any), your due date, as well as the last payment made on your account and the date the payment was made. To pay your bill from the mobile web app, you must be a registered user of JOEMC’s online bill pay.

In addition to managing your electric account, the mobile web app let’s you view current power outages that are taking place and shows the number of customers that are affected.

You can sign up to start electric service using the mobile web app by simply downloading and then submitting a completed membership application form. And, if you’re moving from your current location, you can stop your electric service by filling out an online form.

Through a “MENU” button (located in the upper right) additional information can be accessed including the latest cooperative news, energy efficiency tips, details about youth programs, office locations, and contact phone numbers and emails.


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