7 Cooperative Principles: Voluntary & open membership

Watch a short video about the Seven Cooperative Principles

Electric cooperatives are private, independent electric utilities, owned by the members they serve. As democratically governed businesses, electric cooperatives are organized under seven guiding principles, anchoring them firmly in the communities they serve and ensuring they are closely regulated by their consumers.

As a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, Jones-Onslow operates on the Seven Cooperative Principles. Starting this month, and continuing during the year, we will highlight each of these principles.

 #1 Voluntary And Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

View all of the 7 Cooperative Principles

Calling all high school juniors

Say yes, to spending a week this June in the nation’s capital with kids from across North Carolina and the United States!

Each year, JOEMC sponsors four rising high school seniors on the Rural Electric Youth Tour. The program, which helps young people learn about cooperatives and the co-op way of doing business, allows the youth to grow in ways we hope will benefit our community. Many past participants have used their experiences to provide leadership when returning to their schools and communities.

Jones-Onslow’s Youth Tour representatives will be chosen through an essay contest with a pre-selected topic. A representative from Jones-Onslow will be visiting local high schools during the month of January to promote the contest. You can also call the cooperative office at (910) 353-1940 and speak with the cooperative’s youth tour coordinator, Paula Redick.

Improve home efficiency: A resolution with a big impact

Eat more vegetables. Eat less chocolate. Exercise three times per week. Stop


New Year’s resolutions give us the opportunity to start fresh and consider changes to our habits that lead to personal improvement. But what if our personal resolutions had a bigger impact?

There’s one that can – a resolution for a more energy efficient 2017. Collectively, small changes add up to big savings, and a resolution for improved efficiency at your home could benefit not just your personal budget but also the environment.

Tips for a more efficient 2017

Make power strips work for you
Plugged-in appliances and electronics use small amounts of power even when they are turned off. This is called phantom energy use, and it can be are plugged into a power strip. According to Energy.gov you can save $100 per year by using power strips to reduce phantom load. Just be careful to never overload a power strip.

Use sunlight to help heat your home
On bright, sunny, winter days, open your blinds or curtains to let the natural light from the sun warm up your home. Be sure to close your window treatments as the sun begins to set.

Save hot water in three ways
It takes energy to heat water, and you can save energy by: 1) Adjusting your water heater’s setting to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’ve never adjusted it, chances are it is set at 140 degrees. 2) Installing low-flow showerheads, which will help not only with your energy bill for heating the water, but also with your water bill because you’ll use less! 3) Washing clothes in cold water.

Be smart about your thermostat
You can save as much as 10 percent on heating and cooling per year by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day in the winter. You can set a smart or programmable thermostat to do this automatically or be diligent about your manual thermostat when you’re away from home or at night.

Understand more about your home energy use
Knowledge is power, and JOEMC’s website lets you perform an energy audit on your home so you can see just where you’re spending your energy dollars. Or, if you prefer, you can schedule a time for a co-op employee to come to your home and perform a FREE energy audit for you.


Plans underway for 2017 Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 31, as plans are now being made for Jones-Onslow’s Annual Meeting of Members.

This event will take place at the American Legion Building at the Onslow County Fairgrounds, located at 146 Broadhurst Road, in Jacksonville. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the business meeting will get started at 7 p.m.

The Annual Meeting is an event for the entire family. It provides the opportunity for members to learn firsthand about the cooperative, the various services offered, and Jones-Onslow’s role in making our community a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Special entertainment will be provided throughout the evening and, as has become a tradition, drawings will be held during the event with hundreds of dollars worth of gifts to be given away.

So make plans for you and your family to attend this year’s Annual Meeting of Members.


Stay Plugged In

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