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March 2019

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SAFETY Electricity DOs and DON’Ts

COMMUNITY Time to apply for Inland’s scholarship

2019 scholarship deadline approaching I

nland Power is pleased to offer the Excellence Award scholarship program. Since 1992, Inland has awarded scholarships to members and their dependents who have excelled academically and in community service.

Inland staff will coordinate the selection committee. The selection committee, serving for one year, will administer the program according to set criteria.

Currently, the cooperative awards 15 – $1,000 scholarships to either graduating high school seniors or continuing college students. In addition, and in an effort to inspire and promote future linemen, this scholarship program is open to students enrolling in line schools.

Along with the application, the following information is required and weighted respectively:

The program is exclusively for active Inland Power members and their children. The program includes college students who can still be claimed as legal dependents of Inland Power members (legal dependent is defined as one who is claimed on their parent or guardian’s tax return.) An all-volunteer committee comprised of approximately five to 10 Inland members will make the selection of scholarship recipients.

Relatives of committee members are not eligible to apply for a scholarship.

• Official transcript/grades – 30 percent • Personal profile – 30 percent • Essay – 30 percent • Two letters of recommendation – 10 percent

For more information or to download the application, visit inlandpower.com/ scholarships.

EFFICIENCY Selecting the right heat pump for you

Safety matters Keeping our community safe is our goal

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he term “safety” is a universal word that is mentioned often and used loosely. Communities large and small as well as companies across all industries are committed to safety. Sports leagues, at every level, take safety seriously. Unfortunately, when it really counts, steps to keep the public, workers, athletes and loved ones safe are often ignored in the interest of expediency or convenience. Ssafety is a serious issue, especially when it comes to electrical safety. For Inland Power, it’s our number one priority. This is not empty talk. Inland Power has created a culture of safety by putting our employees’ safety and that of the community above all else. At its essence, Inland Power’s mission is to provide safe, reliable service at competitive rates. At

the end of the day, we strive to deliver affordable and reliable electricity to our member-owners, but equally important, we want our workers to return home safely to their loved ones. To do this requires ongoing focus, dedication and vigilance. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, each year thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents and electrocution in their own homes. These accidents are preventable. There is much you can do to keep yourself and your community safe around electricity.

• Don’t attempt electrical do-it-yourself

(DIY) projects or overload your outlets. Be

sure not to paint not plant anything too close to transformer boxes.

• Report and keep away from downed

power lines, unlocked substations or pad-mounted transformers that look out of the norm.

It is imperative to remember to always dial 811 before you dig on your property. Contact Inland Power and Light for additional electrical safety tips. If you would like us to provide a safety demonstration at your school or community event, please contact Kyle Hasenoehrl at (509) 747-7151. Please be mindful when it comes to electrical safety. It could save your life.


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Tips to stay safe DOs...

DONTs...

• Call before you dig • Report and keep away from downed power lines • Keep away from substations • Keep electrical cords from getting tangled and twisted • Remove metal jewelry when working with electrical appliances • Obey warnings to stay away from electrical circuits and locked-out equipment

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Plant too close to transformer boxes Paint transformer boxes Attempt DIY electrical projects Overload electrical outlets Attach signage to utility poles Use temporary wiring Reach blindly into spaces with energized equipment • Use power tools that smoke, spark, or shock • Run cords along the floor or near water • Tamper with your meter

Your Co-op Connection | Get to know who works for you

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racy Kieffer has been with Inland Power since 2011. Prior to Inland Power she worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines and started her full-time job of being a mom for 19 years. “I love the pride that all the employees at Inland Power have in their work and for the co-op,” Tracy said. “We are a family at Inland.”

Tracy Kieffer

Tracy and her family are very active. Her kids are very involved in sports, with practices before and after school. They also enjoy boating and camping at Lake Roosevelt, 4-wheeling, hiking and snow skiing.

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Created equal?

There are three main types of heat pump systems. Use the information below to determine the system that’s best suited for your home.

Air-Source Heat Pumps • Most commonly used heat pumps • Moves heat rather than converting it from a fuel like combustion heating systems do • Can reduce heating costs by about 50 percent when compared to baseboard heaters or electric furnaces • Newer, more efficient systems now offer legitimate space heating alternative in colder regions  Note: If temperatures in your area drop below 10 to 25 F, you will need an auxiliary heating system (depending on the size of the system) Geothermal Heat Pumps • More expensive to install but provide more energy savings for heating and cooling • Move heat through pipes buried underground • When compared to a conventional heating system, can reduce energy use by 25 to 50 percent • Not ideal for smaller lots and certain soil conditions

Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps Lore m ipsu m ip • Easier to install, quiet, small in size su m m • Flexible for heating and cooling individual rooms and smaller spaces • No energy loss through ductwork, which accounts for more than 30 percent of a home’s energy use for space heating cooling. • Installation can be pricey, but federal incentives may be available Lo re

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Heat pump systems should be installed by a licensed professional. Contact Inland Power for more information about options and potential incentives you may qualify for. VISIT INLANDPOWER.COM FOR MORE ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIPS

Ag Expo 2019 Inland Power attends Ag Expo and meets with eastern Washington irrigators From big tractors to on-site embroidery, the 2019 Ag Expo attracted thousands to downtown Spokane to see the latest and greatest technologies in the agricultural industry. The event took place Feb. 5-7 and Inland Power was among the many venders at this epic event. Aside from an informational booth where members could ask questions and learn about new incentive programs, the crew at Inland Power held its annual irrigator meeting during the farm forum. Members heard from BPA’s Dick Stroh as he discussed what the state of Idaho is doing regarding innovative irrigation practices. Staff also updated attendees on the state of our cooperative and energy services recapped Inland Power’s conservation incentive programs. Expo goers of all ages visited Inland’s booth and took pictures with our linemen cutouts. We love meeting with our members. We look forward to seeing all of you at next year’s expo. Until then, let us know if we can be of any assistance with your energy needs.

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