‘Tis the Season for Safety and Savings!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This month, twinkling lights, shimmering trees and festive decorations bring cheer to our homes and communities. By following these tips, you can ensure that your holidays aren’t just happy, but they’re also energy-efficient and safe.

  • Consider using LED lights to decorate instead of incandescent bulbs. Not only will these lights use less energy and last longer than larger bulbs, but they’re also safer around children because they don’t get hot like traditional lights.
  • Set holiday lights on automatic timers to minimize the time lights stay on overnight and during the day.
  • Use your kitchen appliances efficiently. Try running your dishwasher with full loads and opting for the “air-dry” setting. Try baking multiple dishes in the oven at the same time, and use a crockpot rather than electric ovens when you can. All of these small adjustments can make a difference in reducing your energy bill this winter.
  • Before putting up holiday decorations, check all lights for frayed wires, dam- aged sockets, or cracked insulation.
  • Don’t over-load electrical outlets.
  • Make sure outdoor cords, plugs and sockets are weatherproof. Never let a cord run through a puddle, even if it says it’s weatherproof.
  • Only buy lights that contain the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label to ensure they meet adequate safety requirements.
  • Don’t leave a lit Christmas tree unattended and always turn off tree lights before going to bed.
  • For more information about how to stay safe and energy-efficient all year
    round, click here.

12 Days of Energy Efficiency

As the holiday season nears, follow these 12 energy efficiency tips around your home to help maximum your energy dollars:

  1. Deck your tree out with LED Lights. They use 70% less energy than traditional bulbs.
  2. Close your fireplace damper when a fire is not burning.
  3. Hire a trained professional to inspect your home’s heating system.
  4. Turn down your thermostat when hosting holiday parties. The extra visitors and cooking will warm your home.
  5. Install a programmable thermostat for a new year of energy savings.
  6. Use a timer to turn off holiday lights during the night while you are sleeping.
  7. Look for the Energy Star label when buying energy efficient electronics and appliances.
  8. Caulk or weatherstrip to seal air leaks around doors and windows.
  9. Open curtains or blinds during the day to allow sunlight to heat your home; close them at night.
  10. Rechargeable batteries and chargers save energy and they make great stocking stuffers.
  11. Use the oven light to check your dishes rather than opening the oven door.
  12. Enlist a professional from JOEMC to conduct a free energy audit of your home.

From the CEO: Time is Flying By

Welcome to December, positive confirmation that 2018 is just about over. I don’t know about you, but this year has flown by, although that feeling is simply perception. Time is really constant as  there are always 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour, and 60 seconds in a minute.

So, if time is constant, why the perception that time is “flying” by? There are many viewpoints on this phenomenon, but simply speaking this perception is caused by high levels of “busyness” accompanied by excessive stress not allowing one to live in the moment. In other words, our lives have become so busy we are not taking time to enjoy the “trip” of life as we have become overwhelmed with the journey.

My advice to you (and it’s advice I should remember myself) is to take some time to smell the roses along the way and enjoy those who love us and those whom we love.

‘Tis the Season for Scammers
Unfortunately, in today’s world, scams are inevitable and its seems like this time of year they come out of the woodwork attempting to take advantage of busy people. Scammers can threaten you with everything from legal action involving the IRS to turning off power to your home.

Utility scams often involve an individual or group posing as  an employee of your electric cooperative. The scammer may use threatening language in order to frighten you into offering your credit card or bank account information. Don’t fall victim to these types of scams. Understand the threats posed and your best course of action:

  • If someone calls your home or cell phone demanding you pay your electric bill immediately, gather as much information as you can from that individual, hang-up the phone and contact the local authorities. JOEMC will never ask you to offer up personal financial information over the phone. If you have any doubts about your electric bill, contact our office either in person, or over the phone at (910) 353-1940 or (800) 682-1515.
  • If someone comes to your home claiming to be an employee of JOEMC that needs to collect money or inspect parts of your property, call us to verify they are, in fact, an employee. If they are not, call local authorities for assistance and do not let the individual into your home.

Merry Christmas!
There is no way I could close without wishing you a very Merry Christmas! My hope is that you and your family will have a safe, joyous, and healthy holiday season. May it be a time filled with family, friends, peace, and reflection on the many blessings of your life. From our family here at JOEMC, enjoy this time of the year.

 

Holiday Gift Ideas That Make an Impact

Interested in going green with your gift giving this year? Or not sure what to get for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Here are some holiday gift ideas that will keep on giving by helping them save energy and money throughout the year:

Smart Thermostats
These Wi-Fi enabled thermo- stats help you reduce your heating and cooling costs  by automatically adjusting the temperature by a few degrees at certain times. They also offer the convenience of controlling your thermostat anytime from your smartphone or computer.

ENERGY STAR Appliances
If a new home appliance is on your holiday wish list, consider asking Santa for one with the ENERGY STAR label. Today’s refrigerators and dishwashers use less energy than older models. By purchasing appliances that have earned the Energy Star certification you may also qualify for a bill credit from JOEMC.

ENERGY STAR Electronics
Looking  for a new television, computer or gaming console? Take a look at models with the ENERGY STAR label, with efficiencies like sleep modes and idle and on and off timers. These money saving devices save you money by using much less energy.

Surge Protection
Giving new electronics as a holiday gift? Make sure to protect that sensitive equipment
with surge protection. It’s the best way to give peace of mind that household appliances and
electronics are safe. JOEMC sells some of the best surge protection equipment on the market…contact our office to find out more.

Electric Vehicles
At the top of Santa’s list are electric vehicles (EVs)! As a “hot item” in the auto world, EVs are not only environmentally friendly, they provide long-term savings, which make them a great gift for you and  the planet. To learn more about EVs check out JOEMC’s electric vehicle page.

Shop Local for the Holiday!

Use your Co-op Connections Card for savings throughout the month at local and national businesses. Whether you’re searching for a unique gift to give that special someone, going out to eat or booking a hotel room, your Co-op Connections Card will help you save.

To learn more about the Co-op Connections Program and the discounts you can get, click here.

Planned Outage Scheduled for Swansboro Area on December 2

As part of our commitment to provide reliable electric service to our members, we will be performing some work on the transmission system and substations in your area. This work will require five distribution substations (Harman, Hubert, Willis Landing, Queens Creek and Swansboro) to be offline so we can safely perform this necessary maintenance. 

The scope of work includes putting a mobile substation in the Swansboro Substation so we can replace the existing transformer with a new, larger unit. During the outage we will also replace a bad switch at our Harman Substation and reconfigure our network slightly to make our electrical distribution system even more reliable in the future.

To complete all of this work, a planned outage has been scheduled for Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, beginning at 2PM. The outage should not exceed three hours.

The five substations affected by this planned outage serve members in the communities of Deppe, Belgrade, Hubert and Swansboro. If you are receiving this email you will be included in the outage. 

You can also see which substation provides electric service to your location by clicking here. Enter either your account number, phone number or meter number and the results will show the substation that serves your address. After you view this information you can simply leave the page without reporting an outage.

If we have your correct contact phone number on file, you should receive (if you haven’t already) a reminder telephone call from our automated phone system. To ensure we have your correct phone number, call 910-353-1940, have your account number handy, select option 2 on the automated phone system and listen to the instructions for updating your contact phone number. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience while we make upgrades to JOEMC’s electrical distribution system so we can continue to provide affordable, reliable, electric service to our members.

 

Tasty Dessert This Thanksgiving

Cranberry Orange Loaf

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1½ cups fresh cranberries
½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
¼ cup margarine, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
¾ cup orange juice

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in orange zest, cranberries, and pecans. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together margarine, sugar, and egg until smooth. Stir in orange juice. Beat in flour mixture until just moistened. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, or until the bread springs back when lightly touched. Let stand 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.



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