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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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