7 Cooperative Principles: Concern for Community

We continue our discussion this month about the cooperative-form of business and the seven cooperative principles.

Each month we’ll highlight one of the seven principles and explain what that means to a member-owned, not-for-profit organization like JOEMC. This month we’ll talk about Cooperation Among Cooperatives.

#7 Concern for Community
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.

To learn more about all 7 Cooperative Principles click here.

Scholarships Awarded to Local Students

Jones-Onslow funded scholarships for twenty-eight admirable students in our communities. Twenty-four were graduating high school seniors and four were community college students.

Students that attended high school in Onslow County were selected in conjunction with the school system and its Sponsors For Academic Talent (S.A.T.) Program and received their scholarships at the May S.A.T. Banquet. Other recipients were chosen by the individual school’s staff.

The $1,000 scholarships will assist the youth as they continue with their academic endeavors. The cooperative is proud of these and all the fine students in our area schools and communities. Congratulations to all of you!

HIGH SCHOOL RECIPIENTS
Dixon:
Hannah Marie Davis & Ethan Drake Jenkins
East Duplin: Elisabeth Scott & Evan Thigpen
Jacksonville: Miya Renee’ Duncan & Mark Alan Fischer
Jones Senior: Zachary Brooks & Brianna Dawson
Lejeune: Michael-Logan Jordan & Elijah Moore
Northside: Jenay Cherron Brown & Rico Dolojan Castillo
Richlands: Sarah Jo Blake & Joseph Peter Marks
South Lenoir: Oliva Rae Hill & Alexis Saint-Amand
Southwest: Maddox Elizabeth Bulris & Brandon Keith Foy, Jr.
Swansboro: Kristina Kay Shepard & Stephen David Ellsworth, Jr.
Topsail: Heather Cunningham & Olivia Nelson
White Oak: Hannah Frances McKellar & Joseph Chandler Uzzell

COMMUNITY COLLEGE RECIPIENTS
Coastal Carolina Community College:
 Benjamin Jarmin & Cierra Casnave
Lenoir Community College: Angela Marie Rollyson & Mariah Nicole Amos

Critters, Vegetation and Power “Blinks”

If your power goes out or “blinks” on a calm, storm-free day, you probably wonder why.

In spring and early summer, critters, especially squirrels and snakes, are busy nesting and feeding and they often find their way to power poles and other equipment that is a part of Jones-Onslow’s electrical distribution system. Additionally, despite an aggressive tree trimming program, new tree growth and vines can find their way onto power lines and other equipment.

Blinks occur when an obstruction comes into contact with a power line or transformer. To minimize the possibility of damage to the electrical distribution system or your home, a circuit breaker interrupts the flow of electricity for a fraction of a second. If the obstruction remains on the line, the breaker opens and then tries to re-close and restore power. If the obstruction is still on the line after the third try, the breaker opens and does not re-close automatically. At this point, a Jones-Onslow employee must be dispatched to remove the obstruction and manually reset the breaker.

“Power blinks have always been a part of electric service — they just weren’t as noticeable until sensitive electronics began filling our homes,” says Chief Utility Engineer Tommy Pritchard. “While they might be annoying, without this feature designed into the system, every brief interruption would result in an outage lasting possibly an hour or longer.”

Pritchard suggest installing a battery backup (Uninterruptible Power Supply or UPS) for cable boxes, computers and any other electronics that take a long time to reboot after a sudden shutdown.

Many of the cooperative’s poles have “squirrel guard” technology but these cunning creatures often find ways to get around the guards. The guards are designed not only to prevent outages but to spare a squirrel’s life too. Squirrels are not electrocuted when they run across power lines but when their bodies make contact with more than one wire or a transformer they become a path for electricity. The same holds true for snakes, which sometimes find their way into equipment.

Ultimately, power blinks improve the overall system reliability by reducing measurable power outages, protecting Jones-Onslow’s equipment and actually reducing the total time customers would be without power if the technology were not in place.

Power Outages

Automatic Draft…One Less Thing to Remember!

Want one less worry, one less stamp, and one less errand?

Take advantage of our FREE Automatic Draft service and your monthly electric bill will be securely drafted from your checking account or your credit or debit card.

You’ll still receive a statement by mail or email each month and the amount will be drafted on the payment due date that you choose.

Click here and go to the Automated Draft Section to complete the process online or call the office at (910) 353-1940 or (800) 682-1515 for more details.

Meadows Selected to Fill Vacant Board Seat

Michael Chad Meadows, business owner and resident of Pollocksville, was recently selected to fill the District 3 board position and unexpired term of long-time board member Horace Phillips.

Mr. Meadows, who works in the family business of Mike’s Custom Cabinets, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Business Management. He’s a member of First Baptist Church of Maysville and serves on its building and audio visual committees.

Mr. Meadows also serves as the captain of the Pollocksville Volunteer Fire Department. He and his wife, Lauren, have one child, Hardy, age 5.

Click here to view the entire JOEMC Board of Directors and the districts they represent.

7 Simple, No-Cost Ways to STAY COOL THIS SUMMER

Summer is here and it’s getting hot. Not just hot, but that thick sweltering, “we’re going to have to deal with this for a couple more months” kind of hot. Autumn’s crispness is just around the corner, but until then, hang in there…and save energy with these seven simple tips for tackling summer’s remaining heat.

SHIFT YOUR USE
Use major appliances like dishwashers, as well as clothes washers and dryers, during early morning or late evening and overnight hours. These big appliances not only generate heat but also introduce moisture to your home, and that’s an introduction you don’t want to make during the hottest part of the day.

KEEP KITCHENS COOL
An indoor stove or oven can raise the temperature in your kitchen by as much as 5 to 10 degrees, which is just way too much at this point in the summer. Take advantage of an outdoor grill or indoor microwave or crockpot instead. Another option? Fix salads all the time.

TURN IT OFF
Lights, particularly incandescent lights, as well as common household appliances generate heat when they are on and in use. Like mama said, turn off the lights! Better yet – consider switching to more efficient bulbs like LEDs (light emitting diodes), which generate much less heat. You can also go the extra mile by unplugging appliances when they’re not in use. Think: computers, game consoles and televisions.

FEEL THE BREEZE
Use portable fans and/or ceiling fans to chill out. Make sure ceiling fans are running counter clockwise to push cool air down. Although fans don’t technically change the temperature of the room, they can make you feel 3 to 4 degrees cooler – a definite win!

KEEP THE SUNSHINE OUT
Close blinds, shades and curtains, especially on windows that get direct sun to block light and heat.

INTRODUCE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY
Keep the doors to rooms inside your home open so air can flow through naturally. The teenagers in your home will love this one.

REPLACE AND REMOVE
Replace dirty air filters to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and the air flow within your home. Removing furniture, rugs or other obstructions from your return registers also helps.

Click here for more energy efficiency resources and ways to save energy

From the CEO: The Co-op of Today and Tomorrow

Years ago, hardworking men and woman worked to bring the life-changing power of electricity to their friends and neighbors of our communities.

Places where large, for-profit electric companies were unwilling or unable to provide service were suddenly illuminated with electric light and electric cooperatives were born.

While that story is a core part of our history, the energy challenges you currently face are very different. We understand that as life in our community has evolved to meet present-day challenges, so too have your expectations for your energy services provider. JOEMC works hard to adapt to your changing needs and to provide you with the highest possible level of satisfaction.

When cooperatives ran the first power lines into our service area, electricity was a luxury. Today, electricity is a necessity that powers businesses, homes and life-saving medical devices. Our members expect near 100% reliability to power the technology that has improved their lives. Our team works hard every day to provide that reliability.

Energy providers today are tasked with more than just maintaining reliable service; we are also here to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information available to better manage your energy use. Our goal is to provide practical energy advice on a range of topics such as home heating and air conditioning, energy-efficient appliances and renewable energy, whenever you need it.

The key to staying connected to our members is communication. Co-ops of the past communicated through neighborhood gatherings, newsletters like this, and the postal service.

While we still use many of these methods today, technology allows us to connect to the community with new online tools. Information provided on our website provides interactive ways for our members to explore energy-efficient technologies. When online research isn’t enough, our knowledgeable customer service representatives can be reached on the phone. And, with our voice response system for phone calls, completing common transactions has never been easier. We are committed to providing you with access to as much information as possible because we know how large of a role energy plays in your daily life.

Looking toward the future, we understand that emerging trends will impact the way our community consumes energy. We’re excited to watch these new technologies take hold and we are committed to providing the high-quality service you have come to expect from JOEMC.

From the CEO: Storm Season & Co-op Principles

Your power is on 99.9 percent of the time and that’s some­thing we’re proud of at Jones-Onslow EMC. But summer storms, particularly hurricanes, can create natural unavoidable circumstances that sometimes lead to serious widespread outages.

The month of June ushers in the start of the 2017 Hurricane Season. JOEMC stays prepared, day-in and day-out for potential weather events that can cause major destruction to our electrical distribution infrastructure and stand ready to respond should power outages occur for our members.

Most of the time outages are simple to restore, but major storm events can create conditions that snap poles, topple trees and leave power lines dangling. In these situations, JOEMC and its employees call on their peers—other co-op linemen and contract crews from across the state and nation —to help get your power back on as quickly and safely as possible.

The deployment of support crews from other electric cooperatives is part of a mutual aid agreement shared between the nation’s nearly 1,000 electric co-ops to help one another in times of emergency. Electric cooperatives across the country use the same line system engineering standards, which means line crews from any part of the country can quickly help sister cooperatives with restoration efforts.

This agreement exemplifies this month’s cooperative principle (highlighted on page one of this newsletter) of “cooperation among cooperatives,” which reads: “Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.” This concept makes sense in the cooperative business environment because we’re focused on people, not profits.

As an electric cooperative our members are our priority. That’s why we’ve worked for years to analyze how we respond to outages and make improvements—because we know you, our members, depend on electricity for almost every aspect of your daily lives.

Time for a New HVAC Unit?

An improperly sized HVAC unit can wreak havoc on your home. An oversized unit can cause your system to “short cycle” – constantly turning off and on. An undersized unit will run constantly to keep up with demand. Consider the factors below and choose an HVAC system that works best for your home.

SIZE MATTERS
The square footage of your home can help determine the load capacity of your HVAC unit, but it should not be the only factor considered when reviewing unit sizes. Enlist the help of a licensed professional to determine the best HVAC unit for your home.

HOME’S ORIENTATION
How sunlight hits your home during dif­ferent times of the day impacts the load capacity required to properly heat or cool your home.

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
The region in which your home is located will factor into how much capacity you need per square foot.

INSULATION EFFECTIVENESS
The better insulated your home is, the fewer BTUs (British Thermal Units) per square foot your home will need to stay at the desired temperature.

A reliable energy partner will help you determine how each of these factors affect your system’s load capacity. Visit JOEMC’s Energy Efficiency Resources Page for more ways to save money!

PROPERLY SIZING YOUR HVAC UNIT PDF

Being Prepared for Summer Storms

You hear it softly in the distance, a low rumble. Then the ping-ping-ping of thick, heavy rain drops. North Carolinians can expect to hear the familiar, rhythmic sounds of thun­derstorms 40-50 times per year, mostly during summer months, according to our State Climate Office. Though fa­miliar, the sounds sometimes precede dangerous weather capable of impact­ing every nook and cranny of North Carolina.

Summer storms in North Carolina run the gamut from rain to hail to high winds, and even tropical storms and hurricanes. June is the official kickoff to hurricane season, and it’s a good month to refocus on tips and informa­tion that will help keep you safe this summer regardless of what kind of North Carolina weather you encounter.

SUMMER STORM SAFETY TIPS

  • Develop an evacuation route now, in advance of summer storms and hurri­cane season. The plan should identify the safest routes away from your area, as well as the closest shelters.
  • Determine a safe place in the home to gather during severe thunderstorms, away from windows, skylights or glass doors that could be broken by hail.
  • Create a family disaster supply kit and be sure to include the following: a battery operated radio, flashlights, a first aid kit, non-perishable food items, a three-day water supply, a non-electric can opener, medicines and cash.
  • Teach children to call 911 in case of an emergency. Communicate with family members to be sure they know how to respond in a storm situation.
  • Remember your pets when planning for possible evacuation. Not all emer­gency shelters allow pets. Contact your local humane society to learn which animal shelters accept pets during disasters.
  • Keep JOEMC’s outage reporting phone numbers (910-353-7117 or 800- 681-4146) in a handy place, like on the refrigerator.

Safety is a fundamental part of our cooperative culture, and that means keeping our employees safe and pro­viding our members with information and practical solutions to help keep you safe. We can’t control what weath­er Mother Nature brings to our state this year, but we can help you prepare for it. And know that if summer storms cause power outages, we’ll work round-the-clock to restore those outag­es as quickly and safely as possible.

For additional information about being prepared this summer, visit JOEMC’s Storm Checklist Page or our Storm Center Resources Page.

The Electric Co-op Impact

Electric cooperatives, nationally, regionally, and locally are good for the community! They provide affordable, reliable, and safe electric service to their members but they also have an impact on the communities they serve….whether it’s providing support to local non-profits or economic development efforts or supporting our local educators and schools.

7 Cooperative Principles: Cooperation Among Cooperatives

We continue our discussion this month about the cooperative-form of business and the seven cooperative principles.

Each month we’ll highlight one of the seven principles and explain what that means to a member-owned, not-for-profit organization like JOEMC. This month we’ll talk about Cooperation Among Cooperatives.

#6 Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

To learn more about all 7 Cooperative Principles click here.



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