Programmable thermostats…operating incorrectly could cost money

In today’s world of technology, even something as small as your programmable thermostat can be confusing. And in the wrong heating mode, that programmable thermostat can cause your home’s energy dollars to skyrocket.
If you have recently purchased a new high-tech, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system or moved into a new home that has one, and you have any questions about how to operate the thermostat, contact your HVAC contractor or Jones-Onslow. We can assist you and make sure your new high-tech heating and air conditioning system is operating as efficiently as possible.

To learn more about programmable thermostats, watch the video below from JOEMC’s energy advisor Charles Westmoreland

Does your home need an energy checkup?

Does your home need an energy inspection? Taking a few minutes looking around your home today could pay off with future electric bills. Try these energy-saving tips to save money at your home:

  • Find out how much attic insulation you have by simply measuring the depth. If you have less than a foot of insulation, you may need more. The DOE recommends about 12 inches of fiberglass blanket insulation for most U.S. homes. Home Energy Savings Checkup List
  • On the next windy day, move your hand over your homes’ windows and doors, plumbing fixtures, electrical panels, attic doors and cable/phone outlets (where air can get inside). Can you feel a soft breeze? Older homes may require caulking or weatherstripping and in extreme cases, you might consider purchasing energy-efficient replacements for your windows and doors.
  • Trade in those incandescent light bulbs for energy-saving compact fluorescents or LEDs.
  • Find out if your water heater feels warm to the touch. If it does, and especially if it was made before 1991, you may need to add an insulation blanket. Also check the thermostat setting. If you use a dishwasher that preheats water, you don’t need to set your water heater thermostat higher than 120 degrees.
  • Be good to your heating and cooling systems. Have furnaces and HVAC systems professionally checked and serviced annually. If you use a forced-air heating system, change the filter every month. A properly maintained heating system can use around 10% less energy than a system that’s not in top condition.

Be prepared for winter storms…

When winter temperatures drop and storms hit, it can be challenging to stay safe and warm. Winter storm severity varies depending on where you live, but nearly all Americans are affected by extreme winter storms at some point. Jones-Onslow cares about your safety, and we want you to be prepared.

Snow and ice can lead to downed power lines, leaving members without power. During extremely low temperatures, this can be dangerous. During a power outage, our crews will continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power, but there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself.

STAY WARM Plan to use a safe alternate heating source, such as a fireplace or wood-burning stove during a power outage. These are great options to keep you and your loved ones warm but exercise caution when using and never leave the heating source unattended. If you are using a fuel or wood burning source to stay warm, never use them indoors unless they are properly ventilated. Always read the manufacturer’s directions before using.

STAY FED It is recommended to have several days’ supply of food that does not need to be cooked— crackers, cereal, canned goods and bread are good options. Five gallons of water per person should also be available in the event of an extended power outage.

STAY SAFE When an outage occurs, many times it means that power lines are down. It is best not to travel during winter storms, but if you must, bring a survival kit along, and do not travel alone. If you encounter downed lines, always assume they are live. Stay as far away from the downed lines as possible, and report the situation to our dispatchers by calling (910) 353-1940 or (800) 682-1515 or 911 if possible.

JOEMC is ready for what Mother Nature has in store, and we want you to be ready, too. For more winter safety tips, visit


The Malpass Brothers to entertain meeting attendees

Jones-Onslow’s Annual Meeting of Members is scheduled for Friday, March 18, at the American Legion Building at the Onslow County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville.

Highlighting the meeting this year will be special entertainment from the musical duo The Malpass Brothers.

For these two brothers from eastern North Carolina, traditional country music is the ‘real deal’ — every song portrays life’s joy, heartaches, problems and happiness. It comes from the heart…nothing is sugar coated. The Malpass Brothers make real country music cool again, one show at a time. With past tour performances with Merle Haggard and legendary steel guitarist Don Helms, The Malpass Brothers don’t just sound retro…they are retro.

In addition to the special entertainment, there will be local musical groups performing as well as informative displays. And don’t forget…as has become an annual meeting tradition, great door prizes will be given away including a recently retired fleet vehicle (“as is” condition).

Registration and displays open at 5:30pm, local musical entertainment takes the stage at 5:45pm, and the business meeting will start at 7:00pm. And at 8:00pm, be prepared to enjoy the musical talents of The Malpass Brothers.



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