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What makes electric cooperatives different from other types of utilities lies in their core mission

            The differences between electric co-ops and other electric utilities range from the nomenclature used—co-ops serve “members” or “consumers,” not “customers”—to the business model itself.

Clearing the Air - Replace air filters regularly for efficient heating and cooling.

Clogged air filters could add $82 to your electric bill every year. Checking, changing or cleaning your filter once a month saves money and extends the life of your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

February Mailing of the Kansas Country Living Magazine

It has come to our attention that there was an issue with the February mailing of Kansas Country Living magazine. Members are receiving the magazine with the incorrect name, but correct address. This mailing issue occurred at the publisher level and does not affect your billing address on file at the cooperative. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to correct the problem.

Be Heard on Capitol Hill - Bringing the co-op message home to Congress

In the 1939 movie classic Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart plays Jefferson Smith, a wholesome, idealistic Boy Ranger leader who finds himself appointed to the U.S. Senate. There he makes a stand as a true voice for the people, surrounded by others who have lost touch with the needs of their constituency.

Stay Warm and Save Energy this Winter

On top of staying warm throughout the winter months, a lot of people worry about saving money and energy. According to a poll by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, four out of 10 consumers are worried about money this holiday season.

The average family spends $2,024 a year on energy; nearly half of that goes towards heating and cooling costs. Stay warm and save energy with these helpful winter tips:

Changes to the Directors Election Process

Last spring, the membership approved a set of changes to the bylaws to allow the election of directors to be held using a mail or electronic ballot.  The Board of Directors took action at their last monthly meeting to establish that future elections will be conducted by mail.   The Board of Directors’ goal in using this election process is: to increase member participation in the cooperative’s governance by making it easier to cast a vote in the election: and/or run for the Board of Directors.   Members can be nominated for the Board, either by the nominating commit

Don't Let Summer Heat Place Strain on your Electrical System

Increased electrical use in summer can place strain on a home’s electrical systems. During the hot summer months, members run the risk of overloading wiring systems due to the extended use of air conditioning and other cooling mechanisms, possibly resulting in serious shock or fire. If the home has an old or damaged electrical system, it has an even higher chance of danger.

DS&O urges everyone to be aware of the added stress placed on a home’s electrical systems during summer months and steps you can take to keep your loved ones safe.

Utility Scam Alert

A new scam has arisen claiming President Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program.

How the Scam Works:

Consumers are being contacted in person and through fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.

Top 11 Things You Didn't Know About Saving Energy at Home: Summer Edition

11. Placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary because the thermostat senses heat from the appliances. Set them apart and save energy.

10. Lighting makes up about 10 percent of home energy costs. Save up to 75 percent of that energy by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They also last longer, saving money on replacements.


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