Quick Tips to Avoid High Winter Bills

Looking to lower your energy bills this winter? Use the 10 quick tips listed below to conserve energy and avoid high winter bills.

  1. Seal air leaks and insulate well to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering your home.
  2. Reduce waste heat by installing a programmable thermostat.
  3. Turn off lights when not in use.
  4. Lower your water heater temperature. The Dept. of Energy recommends using the warm setting (120 degrees) during fall and winter months.
  5. Unplug electronics like kitchen appliances and TVs when you’re away.
  6. Open blinds and curtains during the day to allow sunlight in to warm your home.
  7. Close blinds and curtains at night to keep cold, drafty air out.
  8. Use power strips for multiple appliances, and turn off the main switch when you’re away from home.
  9. Wash clothes in cold water, and use cold-water detergent whenever possible.
  10. Replace incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, which use at least 75 percent less energy.

Download these winter quick tips here

Plans Now Underway for 2018 Annual Meeting

This year’s annual meeting will take place at the American Legion Building at the Onslow County Fairgrounds, located at 146 Broadhurst Road, in Jacksonville.

Registration, displays, and local entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the business meeting will get started at 7 p.m.

JOEMC’s Annual Meeting is an event for the entire family. It provides the opportunity for members to learn firsthand about the cooperative, various programs and services offered, and JOEMC’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, Friday, March 23, at the American Legion Building at the Onslow County Fairgrounds in Jacksonville.

2018 Nominating Committee
A Nominating Committee has been selected for the purpose of nominating individuals for election to the position of Director in District One, District Two and District Three. This committee is scheduled to meet on February 15, 2018. The committee’s names and addresses are as follows:

Mr. Gary Johnson
Sneads Ferry, NC

Mr. Charles Darden
Hubert, NC

Mr. John Stanley
Swansboro, NC

Mrs. Susan Thomas
Richlands, NC

Mr. Ronald Pittman
Richlands, NC

Mr. Thomas Humphrey
Jacksonville, NC

Mrs. Carol Hood
Trenton, NC

Mr. Franklin Andrews
Trenton, NC

Mr. Myron Meadows
Trenton, NC

Download Summary of bylaws pertaining to the Annual Meeting

Bright Ideas Grants to Bring Innovative Classroom Projects to Life

JOEMC recently awarded 75 grants totaling close to $75,000 to local teachers to fund unique classroom learning projects that will benefit over 26,500 students at 58 schools in Jones and Onslow Counties, as well as the Topsail Area of Pender County. A banquet was held last month to honor the grant recipients.

“These Bright Ideas grants make a tremendous difference for the teachers who receive them,” said Jeff Clark, Chief Executive Officer of JOEMC. “Our local educators have so many innovative and creative ideas and we’re honored to support them, their students and our community through this program that makes learning fun and engaging.”

Since the Bright Ideas Grant Program began in 1994, JOEMC has contributed more than $1.2 million to local educators and more than $10.9 million has been awarded by North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives to Tar Heel teachers statewide. The program has reached well over 2.1 million students across the state and sponsored more than 10,400 projects in all subjects including math, reading, science and technology, history, music and the arts.

Bright Ideas grant applications are submitted each year starting in August and winning proposals are selected by an independent panel of judges through a competitive evaluation process.

For a list of this year’s JOEMC grant recipients or for more information about the Bright Ideas Grant Program, visit the Bright Ideas page.

Space Heater Safety Tips

Space heaters are a great way to warm specific rooms in your home without having to crank up the thermostat, but using them doesn’t come without risk! Use the tips from the graphic below to keep your home safe.

We Need Your Number

Do we have your updated and correct contact information?

JOEMC offers several features through our automated phone system but for members to take full advantage we need your correct contact information.

The automated system has the ability to call your home or mobile number to make you aware of important information regarding your electric account…things like upcoming scheduled outages in your area or a reminder of a past due account (the reminder call will even provide you with the opportunity to pay your bill right then).

To assure you receive these important calls, please update your contact information. You can update it easily through our automated system or online. To complete the process online members must have registered for online bill pay. Click here to log-in to your account and update your contact information.

From the CEO: Coal Ash Management & Compliance Update

Beginning this month, Jones-Onslow will see an increase in its wholesale power costs stemming from the costs Duke Energy must pay to comply with state law and federal regulations regarding the management of coal ash.

While JOEMC does not own any coal-fired plants, some of our electricity is purchased through contracts our power provider, the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) has with Duke Energy. A portion of that purchased power does come from coal-fired plants.

The expenses incurred by Duke Energy to comply with these new laws
and regulations are being passed down through wholesale customers such as NCEMC (our power provider) as well as Duke’s own customers. In 2018, our wholesale cost of power will be almost $7,000,000 higher than normal because of this issue.

When we learned of this extra expense earlier in the year, we knew we needed to do anything we could to NOT pass this When we learned about this additional expense earlier in 2017, we knew steps must be taken to NOT pass these extra costs on to our members. The decision was made to deferred some credits from our power supplier (that were made available to us in 2017) into 2018, helping offset the increase. In addition, we will defer part of our operating revenue from 2017 into 2018. These two actions will allow us to absorb the $7 million increase without raising electric rates to our members this year.

We also continue in our efforts day in and day out, to work and implement operational efficiencies whenever possible. By doing this, we can provide you with the best value for your dollar while maintaining the level of safe, reliable, and affordable electricity that our members have come to expect.

We know that we must be diligent in our efforts and continue to look for these efficiencies and look at various system improvements that will help offset increased costs in the future. These include:

  • Making existing equipment more efficient;
  • Implementing safeguards to protect the electric system from cybersecurity threats;
  • Better integrating resources that produce their own power, like solar panels and generators, into our system; and Providing services that give you better control and
    management of your home energy use.

We encourage you to visit joemc.com or call us at (910) 353-1940 or (800) 682-1515 to learn about programs and tools that can help you manage your energy use and save money.

We put you, our members, first and as a not-for-profit cooperative we work to keep expenses as low as possible. Our top priority is providing you safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible power, while also supporting the communities we serve. That’s the cooperative difference.

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