October 2014 OCTOBER IS NATIONAL CO-OP MONTH
Principles in Action By Adam Schwartz
October is National Co-op Month, when more than 29,000 co-ops in the United States take a few moments to ensure their employees, Members and the general public truly understand the value of the cooperative business they own. Cooperatives around the world operate according to the same core principles and values, adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA): 1. Voluntary and Open Membership 2. Democratic Member Control 3. Members' Economic Participation 4. Autonomy and Independence 5. Education, Training and Information
6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives 7. Concern for Community One way co-ops demonstrate they are different from investor-owned businesses is by actually living these principles. From sharing industry and trade knowledge to aiding one another during catastrophic storms or events, Co-ops selflessly answer the calls to help each other and their Members. This is how Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative got started. Ordinary folks realized we would be better off working together if we wanted to bring electricity to our community. Once the Co-op was estab-
lished, we soon realized that working with sister co-ops around the state and nation allowed us to gain control of our power supply, so we formed more than 60 generation and transmission cooperatives, such as Oglethorpe Power Corp. and Georgia Transmission Corp., your local generation and transmission cooperatives. While we take special note of the value of our Cooperative in October, we are delighted to be a part of our community delivering vital services to our Members all year long. Adam Schwartz is the Vice President of Public Affairs and Member Services at the National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, D.C.
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Draft Dodgers: Weatherize Your Home By Amber Bentley
No doubt about it; cold weather is on its way. Not only is it important to make sure heating units are working properly, but it's also imperative to ensure heat is not escaping. When the weather outside turns colder, drafts around windows and doors constantly let in cool air, leading to chilly temperatures indoors. Instead of raising the thermostat, consider weatherizing your home. This is typically an easy fix that can help eliminate energy waste and reduce your monthly electric bill. Some drafts are obvious, while others are harder to detect. Here are two quick ways to find out if heat is escaping from your home. For doors, look for daylight between the door and its frame; if you see even a hint of light, you should weatherize that area. For windows, place a piece of paper between the window and the frame, then close it. If you can remove the piece of paper from the window, you should weatherize that area as well. Even if you've never done it, weatherizing a home is easy! Many inexpensive materials are available. Before beginning, be sure the surface is dry and clean, measure the area more than once for best accuracy and apply so that strips compress both sides of the window or door.
To weatherize windows: • Place the stripping between the frame and the window. • Be sure it compresses the window when shut. • Make sure the stripping does not interfere with the movement of the window. To weatherize doors: • Choose the proper metal pieces for the bottom of your door. • Weatherize the entire door jamb. • Make sure the stripping meets tightly at both corners. • Use a thickness that allows for a tight press between the door and the ground, but does not make the door difficult to shut. Roughly half of the energy your home uses comes from heating and cooling. So the next time you feel an uncomfortable chill in your home, check for drafts and properly weatherize the area. This will ultimately save more energy and more money. Amber Bentley writes on energy efficiency issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-forprofit electric cooperatives.
Innovating to Serve By Abby Berry
Electric cooperatives have come a long way. In the mid 1930s, nine out of 10 rural homes were without electric service— a service that now, the majority of us greatly depend on in our day-to-day lives. Electricity is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity. Today, in order to meet Members’ electrical needs, electric Co-ops are providing reliable power using the most advanced technologies available. Equipped for reliability When electric co-ops were first forming, state-of-the-art equipment like we use today simply wasn’t an option. Groups of men gathered their strength to raise utility poles, and spools of thick, electric wire were unraveled and strung individually. Today, digger/derrick trucks are used to dig holes and place utility poles and electric lines, while bucket trucks have mostly
eliminated the need for climbing. These advancements not only improve the safety of our line workers, but they also make the process less strenuous. Accountable metering Though they may come in different styles, homes across the United States have one thing in common: an electric meter. These small devices constantly keep a tally of electricity use. Many electric cooperatives, such as Carroll EMC, have integrated a much more advanced design into their systems—automated meter reading (AMR). With AMR in place, Carroll EMC has the ability to create an advanced meter infrastructure (AMI). AMI can be established when automated equipment is teamed with AMR. AMI enables a variety of advanced applications, including outage
management, “blink” monitoring and remote disconnect and reconnect. AMR and AMI play major roles in keeping reliable power flowing to your home and the electrical grid running efficiently. These are just a few of the technological advances we’ve made, and we remain focused on finding ways to improve our service to you. Technology is ever-changing, and here at Carroll EMC, we’ll continue to stay ahead of the game, ensuring safe, reliable and affordable electric power for you, our Members. Abby Berry writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.
Don’t forget! Carroll EMC’s Annual Meeting of Members is Thursday, October 2 at 5 p.m.
Impact Grants Awarded
The Carroll EMC Foundation awarded grants to local organizations for projects that will benefit our communities. These grants are funded through Member donations to Operation Round Up®. Congratulations to all 2014 Impact Grant recipients (listed at right). Operation Keep In Touch will use the grant to provide greeting cards, handwritten letters and care packages to recovering soldiers at Martin Army Community Hospital in Fort Benning.
Ingram Library—The University of West Georgia will host a traveling exhibit “Over Here and Over There: Georgia and Georgians in World War II” beginning in October 2014.
Haralson County Wildlife Association’s funding will be used to support their annual Kid’s Fishing event held in the spring.
The Bremen Police Department will use the grant to assist with the purchase of much-needed courtroom security equipment.
Action Ministries Alice’s House American Legion—Carroll Post 143 Bethlehem UMC—Emergency Response Team Beulah Masonic Lodge Boys and Girls Club of Carroll County Bremen Police Department Buchanan Police Department Carroll County CASA Carroll County Child Advocacy Center Carroll County Emergency Shelter Carroll County Outdoor Camp Carroll County Sheriff’s Camp Carroll County Training Center Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park Carroll Meth Awareness Coalition Carrollton Artist Guild Carrollton Empty Stocking Fund Carrollton Kiwanis Foundation Carrollton Police Department Carrollton Teen Theatre CASA—Polk and Haralson Communities in Schools Community Christian Council Ephesus Public Library Ferst Foundation—Carroll Ferst Foundation—Haralson Friends of the Library—Buchanan/Haralson GA Society of Professional Engineers GFWC Bremen Junior Woman’s Club Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Haralson County 911 Haralson County Fire Department Haralson County Sheriff's Department Haralson County Special Olympics Haralson County Wildlife Association Heard County Sheriff's Department Heard County Special Olympics Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society L.A.M.P. Lucky Paws Humane Society Mount Zion City Park Mount Zion Senior Center Operation Keep in Touch Paulding County Sheriff Department Re-Entry Coalition Rockmart Library Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum Southwire Project Gift Tallapoosa Historical Society Tallapoosa Public Library Temple Police Department Temple Senior Center Villa Rica Police Department West Georgia Rape Crisis Center West Georgia Water and Soil Conservation Group West Georgia Council on Aging
Attention students: scholarship applications will be available next month. Stay tuned for more information!
Make Fright Night a Delight
Halloween is one of the most fun holidays for children and their parents. Don’t let it turn into a frightening experience because of outdoor safety hazards at your home.
Don't Get Scammed!
Welcome trick-or-treaters to your door by making your yard and porch safe. Here’s how:
Carroll EMC has received reports of a phone scam operating in our area. Callers claim to represent CEMC or other utilities and threaten to disconnect service if a payment is not made immediately.
• Keep pets indoors. Those vampire and zombie costumes might not scare you, but they can scare dogs, cats and other furry family members. A frightened animal might hiss, bite or scratch your little visitors. Seclude your pets in a quiet, comfortable part of the house, where they can’t hear or see the visitors.
If an employee of your electric Cooperative calls you on the phone, he or she will never ask you for passwords, user names or Social Security numbers.
• Keep your yard clean. Pick up rakes, power tools, tree branches and anything else that could trip or tempt a witch or goblin. Clutter can cause trouble when children are traipsing through your yard.
Carroll EMC does NOT call Members to request immediate payment. NEVER give bank, credit card or other personal information to people who call, email or text you.
• Keep the lights on. Light up a walking path to your front door. That will both direct the trick-or-treaters to the single spot of your house where you’d like them to be, and offer them a safe way to get there. Before October 31, replace all burned-out outdoor lights and consider adding more.
You may log in to Carroll EMC’s secure online payment site or contact Customer Care at any office.
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• Keep it simple. Homeowners tend to decorate a lot for Halloween. If your display includes outdoor lights, choose products rated for safety by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). If you don’t see a UL mark on the box the lights come in, don’t buy them. Every year, before hanging your outdoor decorations, check for damaged wires, which can cause a fire.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Follow these tips and you can have a safe and happy Halloween!
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