Saving is easy
“I didn’t realize how easy it is to seal a window.”
Tommy Conley, superintendent of Licking Valley RECC, says he kept hearing this comment as he showed approximately 350 people how to “button up” their homes by sealing windows, installing weatherstripping, and caulking. It was all part of the 2011 Morgan County Farm & Family Night. Also on hand to offer energy- and money-saving tips were experts from the co-op that generates and transmits the electricity for Licking Valley, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, which is headquartered in Winchester.
After the disaster, self-sufficiency
Between the occurrence of a disaster and the arrival of relief agencies, 72 hours normally elapse. During that time, people must depend on themselves.
To show them how to prepare, members from Meade County Rural Electric Co-op and myriad other organizations participated in the Meade County Emergency Preparedness Expo. The 100 participants learned about topics as diverse as how to access money and financial records, the supplies to have on hand, and even what their four-legged friends will need.
“People left with an understanding that they would have to assume some responsibility,” says Tim Gossett, vice president of member services and marketing for Meade County Rural Electric Co-op. “They also received information to help them be more self-sufficient in an emergency.”
Learning to cut costs
Warren Rural Electric Co-op’s Director of Communications Rick Carroll finds that after people learn ways to lower their electric bill and conserve energy, they will act. His observation proved true again as Warren Rural Electric Co-op set up a booth at the 2011 Home Expo sponsored by the Builders Association of South Central Kentucky.
“One gentleman listened to our information about heating and cooling systems and had a new system installed,” Carroll says. “That’s the thing we see. There are so many things that can make a difference in an electric bill…if people will just do them.”