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Get the Most Cooling for Your Dollar

Hot temperatures are hard on people, pocketbooks, and our electrical systems. Increased demand for electricity during the summer strains a home’s electrical system, increasing the likelihood of an electric shock or fire. This high demand for electricity also makes it more expensive in summer months.

Cooling your home efficiently this summer does not have to be difficult. Major projects will boost your home’s efficiency, but simple behaviors are also important in increasing efficiency and are not to be overlooked.

Prepare Your Home and Yourself to Handle the Heat

Extremely hot temperatures are uncomfortable, inconvenient, and expensive. These tips will help you stay cool and save money when temperatures rise.

Look Up and Look Out to Keep Your Harvest Season Safe

When the crops are ready to be harvested, farmers have only a window of time—between weather events, equipment breakdowns, and life events—to get the best quality crop out of the field. To make the most of this time, farm workers trying to get as much work done as possible. DS&O offers safety tips for farm and ranch workers across the state to help keep them safe during this time.

Stay Safe from the Threat of Lightning

The National Weather Service estimates a total of 280 people in the United States get struck by lightning every year. Thirty-nine end in death. Lightning strikes the U.S. millions of times each year, and every strike is a potential killer. To keep your family safe, it is important to know what actions to take during a thunderstorm.

June - Notes From the Manager

June - Notes From the Manager

There is an old saying that "the electric co-ops were born in politics and may someday die in politics". The current regulatory climate certainly fits the political description for many. Regulations are taking the place of the Presidents legislative efforts. Most of the major regulatory efforts in recent years have concentrated on the utility industry and bring a very heavy price tag.

Stay Safe with and around Irrigation Equipment

Irrigation electrical hazards are a growing problem in many regions of the country. In the summer heat and during dry spells, farm irrigation can be vital for profitability. However, it is equally vital that operators know, follow, and share proper safety precautions to avoid potentially deadly electrical accidents when operating, handling, and working around the watering systems.

Make Your Yard Work for You

Make Your Yard Work for You

By B. Denise Hawkins

Location, location, location is the mantra in real estate, but it also applies to your yard this time of year when the search is on to lower energy bills and create curb appeal. Positioning the right combination of plants and trees can yield shade, beautify, and unearth energy savings.

May - Notes From the Manager

May - Notes From the Manager

Thanks to everyone who took time from their busy schedules to attend the DS&O annual meeting on April 8, in Abilene. Besides the normal financial and operating reports, the Board made a presentation of several bylaws changes under study. These include reconfiguration of the five director districts, the number of directors on the Board and the nomination by petition process. Your comments regarding these or other issues are always welcome. Feel free to contact any of the board members with ideas or concerns. Any proposed changes would have to be approved by the membership. 

Prepare for Summer Heat, Increase Energy Savings

Adding a few items to your list of spring chores can help make your home more energy efficient anddeliver electric bills that won’t make you sweat when temperatures soar.

Start with your air conditioner.

Spring and early summer are good times to make sure that your air conditioning unit is ready to work when you flip the switch:

Storm Safety: When Thunderstorms, Tornadoes Strike

Beware. Spring can usher in more than April showers. Now through the summer months, thunderstorms can quickly roll in and tornadoes can touch down, often during the afternoon and evening hours, according to researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory.

Follow these tips from NOAA and the American Red Cross to keep you and your home safe when tornadoes and severe thunderstorms come your way.


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