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Production Tax Credit Extension Keeps Wind Power Blowing, for Now

Last-minute deal by Congress keeps renewable investment viable for short term.

     Under the short-term “fiscal cliff” agreement passed Jan. 1, Congress agreed to extend the production tax credit (PTC) for wind turbines and other renewable energy projects that begin construction before this year ends. The tax break helps lower the cost of power from these facilities to be more competitive with conventional fuels, like coal or natural gas.

Comeback for Energy Tax Credits

Feds revive incentives for efficient home upgrades

     Ready to boost your home’s energy efficiency without breaking the bank? The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 revived energy efficiency tax credits to the tune of $500.

     The credit offsets the cost of upgrades such as super-efficient water heaters and furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, central air conditioners, building insulation, windows, and roofs.

Learn how to estimate your home appliances’ energy use to see if it’s time for an upgrade

You’ve had your fridge forever. With the exception of some crumbling parts of the seal, it’s in pretty good shape and keeps your food cold. Why worry about budgeting for an upgrade?

For starters, inefficient appliances can have a huge impact on your home’s monthly electric bill. Replacing a refrigerator made before 1993 with a new, ENERGY STAR-rated model could knock $65 to $100 off your power costs each year.

Dividing Lines

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.


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