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Tips for spotting electrical hazards in your home

May 2, 2019 – Electricity plays many roles in our lives, from powering baby monitors, cell phones, and lighting, to running heating and air systems and appliances. No wonder we get so comfortable with its instant availability that when we flip a switch, we expect most systems or devices to do the job.

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and here at West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, we think it’s a great time to look around your home and check for potential safety hazards.

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Watch out for power lines when pruning trees

April 3, 2019 -- Successfully tackling an outdoor cleanup project on your own can be gratifying. But West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation warns do-it-yourselfers who attempt to trim or cut trees near overhead electrical wires to be aware of the potential danger they face and the possibility of damaging power lines and causing outages.

Terrible accidents can happen when a homeowner uses pole-mounted cutting tools and/or a chainsaw to trim their trees and shrubs. An energized overhead wire can be hidden from view and, if touched by pruning tools, can cause serious injury or even death.

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Cutting energy costs during vacation is a breeze with these simple tips from your co-op

March 26, 2019 -- There’s nothing quite like a vacation, especially during spring break. Whether you’re headed to the beach, visiting faraway family or making college visits, a spring break vacation is the perfect family getaway. The kids are out of school, the sun is (usually) out and the time is right for some rest and relaxation.

But before you load the luggage, take time to prepare your home for energy savings. A few simple modifications before you leave can help you save electricity (and money) while you’re enjoying your vacation.

  1. Turn your heating system down to 50 degrees. Keeping your home toasty warm is pointless if you’re not there, so save energy and money by lowering your heat. If your system switches automatically to air conditioning, make sure the air is set to 80 degrees before you leave on your vacation.
  2. Unplug electronics. Most electronics use electricity if they are plugged in. Even if you have them switched off, you’re likely paying for some standby energy waste. Before you head out of town, unplug as many devices and appliances as you can to prevent unnecessary energy usage.
  3. Give your water heater a vacation too. New hot water heaters have a vacation (VAC) mode. Once switched on, the hot water heater will lower the temperature to 50 degrees to prevent energy waste while you’re away. If you have an older model, it’s still possible to save. Just turn your heater’s thermostat down as much as possible or switch it off completely at the breaker.
  4. Switch off your lights. Turn off all the lights before you leave to avoid energy waste. If you’re concerned about the security of your home, invest in a timer and have a couple of lights turn off and on periodically. Make sure the bulbs in those lights are LEDs, which use 90% less energy than traditional incandescents. This will save energy and make it appear as if someone is home.

If you have questions about other ways to save energy, call West Kentucky RECC at 1-877-495-7322.

West Kentucky RECC and WK&T partner to keep furloughed federal employees connected

West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative and WK&T Telecommunications Cooperative are keeping federal employees connected through the government shutdown by allowing them to postpone their bill payments.

Any federal employee who can’t pay their bill for power, TV, phone, security or broadband due to the shutdown will not be disconnected from service. After presenting their federal employee ID at a West Kentucky RECC and a WK&T office, the impacted customers will be allowed to postpone their bill until federal backpay arrives.

“We know that members who are furloughed government workers are concerned about managing their bills, and we are ready to provide assistance tailored to their specific situation,” said Heather Foley, vice president of finance and administration for West Kentucky RECC.

The program, announced Thursday, will run through the end of the shutdown. Bills will still need to be paid, but there will be no late penalties.

“These members of our community are missing paychecks through no fault of their own,” says WK&T CEO Trevor Bonnstetter. “As cooperatives, we are committed to our members, so we’re taking these steps to be flexible through this trying situation for their families.”

To be eligible, members must contact West Kentucky RECC and WK&T when they receive their disconnection notice. Members will be asked to provide proof of your government employment and furlough impact via fax, email or in-person visit. The customer service representative will work with affected members to develop an individual plan to help address billing concerns.

For more information, West Kentucky RECC members can call 877-495-7322. WK&T members can call 877-954-8748.

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West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation, Inc. provides power to more than 31,000 members in Western Kentucky. Headquartered in Mayfield, Kentucky, the Cooperative serves members in Calloway, Carlisle, Graves, and Marshall counties in Kentucky.

WK&T is a communications cooperative serving West Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee across more than 13,000 access lines. The company is dedicated to using technology to keep its customers connected through high-speed internet, digital television, local and long-distance calling and beyond.

West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative offers tips to save energy

Jan. 7, 2019 -- West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative is encouraging our members to be aware of their energy use and take steps to help manage winter electric bills, which may be higher than normal as a result of increased usage.

Weather, especially cold weather, affects residential energy bills more than any other factor. Heating claims about a 42 percent share of overall energy use in U.S. homes. The temperature difference between the inside of your home and the air temperature outside is greater during the winter than in the summer.

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