KPUB Summer 2022 Newsletter

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KERRVILLE PUBLIC UTILITY BOARD

THE KPUB

Energy Hub | SUMMER 2022

COMMUNITY EVENT

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KPUB Community Blood Drive

SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 Sign up online at kpub.com/ blooddrive to help save a life! This drive will be by appointment only, and walkups are not accepted.

Questions? Contact KPUB’s community relations department at 830.792.8250 or abueche@kpub.com.

PUBLIC POWER WEEK EVENTS October 2-8, 2022, is Public Power Week, a week fully dedicated to celebrating the substantial benefits of having a public power utility in your community! Some of the most notable benefits of public power are local control, reliable service and competitive, low rates.

We invite you to celebrate with us during Public Power Week while we share with you all the ways KPUB is helping power a better community for us all.

Bucket Truck Ride Event OCTOBER 8, 2022

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 8, 2022, to join us for a free community event in Louise Hays Park. We will have family-friendly activities that will include taking a ride in one of KPUB’s bucket trucks, arc and spark demos, line worker tool displays, photo ops with our linemen, face painting and more. For more information on Public Power Week and event activities, please visit kpub.com/publicpowerweek. For questions, contact KPUB at 830.257.3050.

The Power of

Local Control When customers deal with a utility company, they are oftentimes dealing with a corporate office somewhere out of state and calling into a large call center—and you may even find it difficult to reach a live human. That’s not the case here at the Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB). We pride ourselves in our responsiveness to local issues and prioritizing world-class service for our customers. Our KPUB Board of Trustees are members of our community who are appointed by the Kerrville City Council and serve on the board without compensation. That means decisions about how our not-for-profit utility is operated are made by citizens who live and work here and are customers themselves. Public power utilities aren’t motivated by profits to sell more power, which means we don’t have to answer to shareholders—instead, we answer to our customers. Because we operate with this power in the hands of the people approach, our customers’ voices matter.

Local control is at the heart of what it means to be a community-owned utility company. It allows us to focus on our company’s mission and what matters most: being a responsive and efficient, locally-owned provider of reliable, high-quality utility service at the lowest responsible price.

Mike Wittler

KPUB General Manager & CEO


KPUB Plugged Into

Our Community

KPUB Awards up to $12,000 in Scholarships

to Graduating Seniors

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For ten years now, KPUB has awarded two scholarships to deserving seniors in our service area to help make their college dreams a reality. The scholarship awards are $6,000 overall to each 2022 KPUB scholarship recipient, with a $1,500 award issued annually that is renewable for up to four years.

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KPUB is pleased to announce its 2022 scholarship recipients were two local seniors, Nicole Hardy (Tivy High School) and Abby Walker (Ingram Tom Moore High School). Nicole has been accepted to Schreiner University and will major in business and marketing with a minor in elementary education. Abby has been accepted to Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and will major in early childhood education.

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Photo: L to R: Larry Howard (KPUB Board of Trustees Member), Abby Walker (Ingram Tom Moore High School), Nicole Hardy (Tivy High School) and Allison Bueche (KPUB Director of Customer & Community Relations)

KPUB Plugged Into Our Community Photos: 1. Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day (April 23) 2. AACOG Weatherization Event in partnership with the Doyle Community (June 25) 3. KPUB Hydration Station for Kerrville Pets Alive (June 1) 4. KPUB Solar Phone Charging Kiosk at Easter Fest Event (April 16) 5. 3rd Grade Safety Event (April 26) 6. KPUB Community Blood Drive (June 23) 7. Public Power Day of Giving with Riverside Nature Center (June 10) 8. Food Pantry Event (May 31)


KPUB is recognized and designated as a

HILL COUNTRY

Night Sky Month OCTOBER 2022

K E E PI N G O U R T E X AS STA RS

B I G & B R I G H T AT N I G H T Hill Country Night Sky Month is celebrated annually in October to showcase the hard work the Kerrville area and our neighboring communities have done to preserve the beauty of the Texas Hill Country night sky by reducing light pollution.

Light pollution is wasted, manmade light that is harmful to the natural environment. This pollution falls into four harmful categories: glare, skyglow, light trespass and clutter.

SAVE T H E DAT E Annular Eclipse

OCTOBER 14, 2023

Total Solar Eclipse APRIL 8, 2024

At KPUB, we support the efforts to keep the stars shining bright here deep in the heart of Texas—and you can, too!

Protecting the night sky starts with YOU! 1 Light only

what you need

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Shield lights and 3 direct them down

Use energy efficient bulbs and only as bright as you need

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Only use light when you need it

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Choose warm white light bulbs

Coming to a Hill Country sky near you are two solar eclipses! Mark your calendar for the eclipses coming to our community in 2023 and 2024—an annular eclipse and a total solar eclipse!

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Join the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)

darksky.org

For more information on how to protect our Hill Country Night Sky today and every day, please visit kpub.com/darksky.

During the April 2024 total solar eclipse, there are just 13 states in the U.S. where the eclipse will be visible. Texas will experience the most prolonged eclipse duration of those states, and our area is directly in its path. Kerrville and Ingram are predicted to have supreme viewing locations for this historic event, experiencing more than four minutes of prime eclipse totality time. For more information, visit

kerrvilleeclipse.com.


KERRVILLE PUBLIC UTILITY BOARD 2250 Memorial Blvd Kerrville, Texas 78028

830.257.3050 | KPUB.COM

Energy Efficiency KPUB Rebate Program SAVE MONEY

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EARN MONEY BACK ON YOUR KPUB BILL

Energy-efficient improvements to your home not only save you money, but you can also earn money back in the form of a KPUB bill credit—some as high as up to $900! With ten different rebate options, saving money and energy is easier than ever before. Additional details, program criteria and the application can be viewed online at kpub.com/saveenergy.

Questions? Contact KPUB at 830.257.3050.

KPUB offers rebates for the following types of energy-efficient home improvements:

Attic insulation

Heat pumps

Central AC/ furnace

Ductless mini-splits

Smart thermostat

Heat pump water heater

Pumps & motor replacements

Shade trees

Window replacements

Window units