Spring Cleaning Checklist

While you’re cleaning the windows, check for loose or leaky panes and identify any single-paned

windows. These energy no-no’s allow cool air to escape from your home during the summer and steal heated

air during the winter. That can raise your electric bill no matter the season. Replacing old, inefficient window

panes now is an investment that will pay for itself in energy savings.

 

Light bulbs looking dim? Wipe them down to remove dust and trash those incandescent bulbs. Compact

fluorescent bulbs come in almost every size and mimic the glow of incandescent while using less energy. They

last up to 10 times longer, too.

 

Replace your dirty filters. Dusty filters make your air conditioning system work harder. Open the windows.

If it’s not warm enough yet to turn off the heat and enjoy the fresh air, install a programmable thermostat,

which automatically adjusts the temperature so you use less energy to heat your home when no one is there.

The device can save you up to $100 a year on heating and cooling bills.

 

Vacuum under and behind the refrigerator to remove dust build-up that decreases efficiency. If you

use an extra refrigerator or freezer in the basement or garage, turn it off when not in use. If you use it yearround,

keep it stocked or fill gaps with extra jugs of water or trays of ice so it will operate more efficiently.

 

Check to see if your appliances are ENERGY STAR certified. If not, consider upgrading — ENERGY STAR

models use less energy and are worth the purchase price over time, even if your older, less efficient appliance

is still in working order.

2015 Annual Meeting Recap…

Despite some wet and messy weather, a great time was had by all who attended this year’s Annual Meeting on March 27 at the American Legion Building at the Onslow County Fairgrounds. With free hot dogs and drinks, giveaways, plus special entertainment by Haywire, this year’s event was hard to beat.

Attendees were treated to informative and educational displays, a kids area featuring Jack the Clown, the presentation of colors by the Camp Lejeune High School Junior ROTC, and some outstanding entertainment by the Northside High School Show Choir and local bluegrass favorite Carolina Connection.

In addition, door prizes were given away throughout the night with the grand prize, a 2010 Ford F150 which was recently retired from the cooperative’s fleet, being won by member William Chadwick of Jacksonville.

Special Prize Winners
32 inch Panasonic Viera HD Television – Jon Caskey
Couple Married Least Amount of Time – Mr. and Mrs. Edward Burns
Couple Married Longest Amount of Time – Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Taylor
Oldest Female Member in Attendance – Sallie Jenkins
Oldest Male Member in Attendance – George Pool

Representatives Selected for Youth Tour 2015

Four high school juniors will be heading to our nation’s capital this summer for a visit.

Kiara Bautista, Sonia Brown, Imani Fripp, and Sagar Patel will represent JOEMC at this year’s Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.

The week-long visit in June, sponsored by the cooperative and North Carolina EMC, lets our future leaders learn more about government and the cooperative-way of doing business.

Students were selected through an essay contest available at public high schools in our area. An independent panel of judges chose the winners.

Kiara, who attends Northside High School, is the daughter of Patrick and Jocelyn Joyce. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the English and Science National Honors Society, as well as the Science Olympiad. Kiara is currently ranked number 1 academically in the Northside class of 2016 and is a member of the tennis team and volunteers with the Special Olympics.

Sonia is the daughter of Glenn and Lori Brown. She attends Jacksonville High School and participates in the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Sonia is a member of the National Academy of Future Scientists and the volleyball team. She also participates in the school musical and her church’s youth worship team.

Imani, who attends Jacksonville High School, is the daughter of Darrin and Wannette Fripp. She is a member of the Honor Roll as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the varsity cheerleading and track teams. In her spare time she enjoys running, public speaking and debate.

Sagar is the son of Navin and Krupa Patel. He attends Jones Senior High School and is a member of the National Honors Society, Beta Club, FFA, and the school’s football and baseball teams. Sagar, who has participated in Boy Scouts, is an outdoor/wilderness enthusiast and enjoys archery, fishing and life sciences.

 

Planting & Trimming…When Branches and Limbs Grow too Close to Power Lines, Trouble Grows with Them…

Our area is prone to high winds year round, not just during hurricane season. Fallen trees and branches are a major cause of widespread power outages in our area. For that reason, Jones-Onslow has a comprehensive, industry-standard vegetation management program that includes trimming trees. The trimming may seem excessive to some but is done with storm damage mitigation in mind.

The right-of-way crews strive to preserve as much of a tree’s beauty as possible while providing enough clearance between limbs and power lines to help prevent storm damages.

A methodical right-of-way and tree-trimming maintenance program for our electric distribution system is crucial to delivering reliable electric power to our customers.

You can help too, by placing taller trees, plants, shrubs, and fences a minimum of 15 feet away from service equipment. This will prevent your landscaping items from being removed or trimmed if the cooperative must gain access to the equipment.

Here are a few landscaping ideas:

  • Use grass, gravel or 2-inch rock around electrical equipment but do not change the grade.
  • Don’t use ivy or other climbing plants around electrical equipment.
  • Trees should be planted so that at maturity, they remain a minimum of 15 feet away from pad-mounted equipment (equipment on the ground) and far enough away from overhead lines so they do not need trimming and will not obstruct a utility truck when access is needed.

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

Five Ways to Spring into Energy Efficiency

Spring marks a perfect time of year to make your home more energy efficient. You can save energy and money this year with these five quick tips:

  1. Seal cracks and gaps around your home. As you put away your storm windows consider adding weather stripping around leaky doors and caulking window frames.
  2. Change filters regularly. Change furnace and air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict air flow and reduce the overall efficiency of your heating and cooling system by making it work harder on hot summer days.
  3. Clean the refrigerator inside and out. Now’s a good time to check the temperature settings on your refrigerator after you’ve given it a good wipe-down. Ideally, a refrigerator’s temperature should be between 37 and 40 degrees for maximum operating efficiency.
  4. Think sun block. By pulling down the shades on your windows this spring and summer, you could save about $35 a year. By blocking the sun, your house will stay cool and comfortable.
  5. Enjoy spring breezes. Use a clothesline during warmer months and let sunlight and breezes dry clothes naturally. This will reduce your electric bill by not running a dryer and add a genuine clean scent to your laundry.

 

National Lineman Appreciation Day…

In April 2013, the 113th Congress of the United States passed a resolution naming the second Monday in April as “National Lineman Appreciation Day”. On April 13, 2015, JOEMC honors the hard-working men who often work in challenging conditions to keep the lights on.

Linemen 101
Linemen are the first responders of the electric cooperative family, getting power back on and making things safe for all after storms and accidents. They work 365 days a year under dangerous conditions to build, maintain and repair the electric infrastructure, leaving their families and putting their lives on the line every day to keep the power on.

JOEMC’s 53 linemen make up over a third of the cooperative’s workforce. These men maintain close to 2,400 miles of line that provide electric service to over 73,000 meters in our six-county service area. Our crews also travel to other locations, after severe weather events, to assist in restoring power to other communities.

Thank a Linemen
We proudly recognize all electric linemen for the services they perform around the clock in dangerous conditions to keep power flowing and protect the public’s safety. We invite members to take a moment to thank a lineman for the work they do…if you see a JOEMC lineman on Lineman Appreciate Day or, for that matter, anytime during the month of April, show your support and let them know you appreciate the folks who light up our lives.

 

Spring Gardening….Don’t Forget to Call Before You Dig

If you’re thinking of starting a spring garden or any landscaping projects that will require digging, please remember to call 811 before you dig in order to have underground utilities marked.

The national 811 “Call Before You Dig” phone number links residents to a local call center, which then dispatches local utility companies to mark underground utility lines, pipes and cables with paint or flags so you know what’s below. In North Carolina, residents should call at least 72 hours before beginning to dig.

By calling 811 before every project, residents can help save lives, avoid costly penalties from hitting underground lines and protect infrastructure. It’s important to know what’s below ground to prevent a potentially life-threatening mistake.

For more information about safe digging and the “Call Before You dig” process, visit the 811 website at www.call811.com.

Small Users Add Up to Big Costs

Have you ever thought about how much it costs to power your television? What about your power tools or those times your electric toothbrush might need recharging?

If you said no, that’s understandable…many homeowners don’t. While not using a lot of energy on their own, plugging in so many small devices can become costly!

To cut costs, many people adjust their thermostat, replace incandescent bulbs with CFLs or LEDs, or put a timer on their water heater.

These are great ways to cut costs associated with large appliances, but what about miscellaneous product costs?

The first question may be what are miscellaneous costs? They include a wide range of items from power tools to electric toothbrushes. Although not large users, manufacturers are working on lowering the costs associated with using these appliances and devices.

Don’t wait, be proactive…plug your TV anddesktop computer into a smart power strip. Even when not on, these appliances use electricity when plugged in. A power strip will completely cut power to your appliances when turned off.

Another item to unplug? Chargers, whether for gaming devices, baby monitors, cell phones, even your electric toothbrush! Chargers still use electricity, yet it is wasted because nothing is plugged into the charger. Simply unplug these devices when your charge is complete.

Blow dryers work the same; though turned off, power still flows through the device if plugged in, and you’re paying for it.

Unplug coffee makers or toasters when not in use, or put them on timers.

A small step like a timer or unplugging devices can help save you energy and money.

 



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