7 Simple, No-Cost Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

Trying to find a way to beat the heat and stay cool this summer..here are a few simple, no-cost things you can do around your home…

  1. Shift your use
    Major appliances like dishwashers, as well as clothes washers and dryers, introduce heat and moisture to your home, so shift their use to the coolest parts of the day, like early morning or late at night.
  2. Keep kitchens cool
    An indoor stove or oven can raise the temperature in your kitchen by as much as 5 to 10 degrees, so cook inside with your microwave or crockpot, or move the cooking to an outdoor grill.
  3. Turn it off
    Lights, particularly incandescent lights, as well as common household appliances generate heat when they are on and in use, so turn them off and unplug appliances.
  4. Feel the breeze
    Although fans don’t technically change the temperature of the room, they can make you feel about 3 to 4 degrees cooler — a definite win!
  5. Keep sunshine out
    Close blinds, shades and curtains, especially on windows that get direct sun to block light and heat.
  6. Introduce an open door policy
    Keep the doors to rooms inside your home so air can flow through naturally.
  7. Replace & remove
    Replace dirty air filters and remove obstructions, like furniture or rugs, from your return/registers to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and the air flow within your home.

Remember…Call 811 Before You Dig

August 11th is national “Call before you dig” or “811” Day but Jones-Onslow would like to remind members that ANYTIME you start a digging project around the home they should dial 8-1-1 at least three working days prior. This free and simple step can save lives and reduce risk of injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages.

“Every time you break ground, even for something simple like planting a shrub or installing a mailbox, you should call 811 first,” said JOEMC’s Vice President of Operations Jeff Allen. “No matter your level of expertise, it’s important to know what’s below the ground to prevent the potentially serious consequences of hitting a utility line.”

The national 811 “Call Before You Dig” phone number links homeowners to a call center, which then dispatches local utility companies to mark line locations with paint or flags. These marked lines show you where it is – and isn’t – safe to break ground. Once your lines have been marked, make sure to dig carefully around the marks, not on top of them. Because utility line locations can shift, it’s important to call each time you are planning to dig.

For more information about safe digging and the “Call Before You Dig” process, visit nc811.org.

Do You Want Some Cash Back?

Did you know that JOEMC offers rebates to members who purchase Energy Star appliances, HVAC equipment, or a heat pump water heater?

Some details and qualifications of the program have changed in recent months so for the latest guidelines and rebate form, click here or call the office and speak to a representative.


  • High Efficiency Central AC (15 SEER) / $35
  • High Efficiency Central AC (16 SEER or greater) / $50
  • High Efficiency Heat Pump (16 SEER or greater) / $250
  • Geothermal Heat Pump (19 EER or greater) / $350
  • Heat Pump Water Heater (55 gallon unit or less) / $300
  • Energy Star Appliance (click here to see qualifying appliances) / $25

From the CEO: What is Grid Resiliency?

Resiliency of the grid is one of the most popular concepts talked about in the electric industry today. This concept made headlines in the last several months in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which caused extraordinary damage to Puerto Rico’s electric grid resulting in the longest sustained outage in U.S. history.

Lack of resilience became the go-to phrase to describe Puerto Rico’s grid. Here in North Carolina, what does grid resiliency mean for you?

Resiliency is many things – it’s reliability in your electric service, it’s our ability to efficiently restore your power, it’s being able to meet the demands of new technology and it’s how we serve you with various generation sources without skipping a beat. Ultimately, resilience is how we deliver on our promise to improve the quality of life for our members.

When it comes to having a resilient electric grid, it starts with a system that is designed and built to withstand high winds, powerful storms, cybersecurity threats and other disruptions that could result in outages. A resilient grid is also flexible and adaptable by allowing different types of generation – such as nuclear, natural gas, wind, solar and hydro – to seamlessly work together to provide you with safe and reliable power. The way our systems react to advancements in today’s new technologies all factor into the resilience of our grid.

Resiliency is a 24/7, 365-days-a-year task. Whether it’s the power lines, substations or generation facilities on our grid, it takes proactive maintenance and investment to keep them running smoothly. When thousands of consumers were without power for months, the lack of resiliency in Puerto Rico’s power grid wasn’t solely caused by hurricane damage; it was the result of years of neglect in taking care of their system.

Similar to the way we maintain our vehicles with regular oil changes, inspections and tire rotations, the electric grid must also be properly maintained. Throughout the year, we regularly conduct pole and line inspections. Our goal is to find a problem before it becomes one. For example, if we find a weak pole that has damage from termites, we replace that pole. Doing so ensures that the pole is as strong – or as resilient – as it can be.

Living in North Carolina, we know that significant power outages can occur especially as we enter the summer storm season. We are confident in the resiliency of our system to recover, whatever the situation, with as little disruption as possible.

In the dictionary, resilience is defined as “the ability to bounce back, recover quickly and go back into shape or position after being stretched.” When it comes to providing our members with resilient service, this is what we work toward – day in and day out!


Educators…Give Us Your Bright Ideas!

This fall, Jones-Onslow celebrates 25 years of partnering with local educators and school systems by kicking off it’s Bright Ideas Grant Program.

JOEMC is searching for Bright Ideas grant applications from teachers and principals, grades K-12, in the 51 public schools in Jones and Onslow counties, as well as the Topsail area of Pender County.

The grants, which are awarded in any discipline, enable educators to help students learn through innovative scholastic projects that are not covered by regular school funds. Educators may apply for individual grants up to $500 or in teams for grants up to $2,000.

In the first 24 years JOEMC’s Bright Ideas Grant Program has awarded 1,647 grants totaling more than $1.2 million to over 5,000 educators. These funds have had a direct impact on the education of close to 457,500 students in our community schools.

“There’s no better investment than in our children because they are our future,” said JOEMC’s CEO Jeff Clark. “We are proud that we have been able to partner with our schools for Bright Ideas and look forward to working with them for many, many years.”

All grant applications must be submitted online to JOEMC by Friday, September 21, 2018. Bright Ideas grant recipients will be announced in the fall and honored at a special awards banquet.

Educators can get Bright Ideas grant information from their school principal or by click here.

Email your Bright Ideas application to JOEMC by Friday, September 7, 2018 and your name will be put in a drawing to win an Apple Ipad for your classroom.


JOEMC Offers Remote Payment Kiosks to Pay Your Bill

4 payment sites…2 sites available 24-hours a day.
Free to use & posts immediately to your account.
Kiosks accept cash, check and Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card.

JOEMC just made paying your electric bill easier and convenient with PaySite Kiosks located right in your neighborhood. Using our kiosks are free AND the payment posts to your account immediately, just as if you had driven to our office to pay it. You can pay in cash but the kiosks also accept checks or Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card. Simply scan your bill (or type in your account number) and follow the instructions on the screen. It’s fast and convenient!

An important thing to note is that the machines don’t return change so if members make a payment in cash, any overpayment to an account will be applied as a credit to the account.


  • HandyMart stores located in Swansboro (701 West Corbett Avenue) and near Richlands (5506 Richlands Highway). Payment at these kiosks is available 24 hours a day.
  • Realo Drugstores located at the Gateway Shopping Center in Surf City (13500 Highway 50) and in Jacksonville at the Wal-Mart Shopping Center (423 Yopp Road). Payment at these kiosks is available during Realo’s business hours
    (hours vary from weekdays to weekends).

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