Do you feel a chill in the air? The excitement of the holiday season is here. Queue up some Sinatra, cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate (with a kick!) and see how our members are celebrating in the latest editions of Ruralite, Florida Currents and Currents magazines.
Several utility features embraced the spirit of the season. Craig Reed’s profile for Douglas Electric (OR) took us into the world of nutcracker collecting and the joy it brings during Christmas. Lane Electric (OR) highlighted a couple that loves putting smiles on people’s faces with their year-round Christmas treasure shop. An article for Blachly-Lane Electric (OR) reveals the history and emotions behind running a Christmas tree farm.
Although, not all gifts come wrapped under a tree. The cover story for Wells Rural Electric Cooperative (OR) highlights the “gift of fun,” bestowed to students in the form of a new playground. Use features to inspire readers, especially during this special time of year.
The shift to winter weather is hard to miss in many communities, but Michael Rovito wrote of the extreme hardships many Alaskan utility workers face, like subzero temperatures, snow drifts and long periods of darkness. Courtney Cobb’s article for Central Electric (OR) shared ways to protect your home if you head south for the winter. Escambia River (FL) shared energy efficiency tips for colder weather, as well as safety tips for spending the holidays at home. Sarah Johnson, customer relations and services manager at Clatskanie PUD (OR), wrote this month’s Voice Box, focusing on managing electric bill expectations during cold weather. In James Dulley’s column, learn how to use fireplaces efficiently without resulting in higher overall heating costs. According to our readership survey, energy saving tips top our list of popular topics — winter guidelines will be welcomed by readers.
Oregonian utilities like Clatskanie PUD, Douglas Electric and Umatilla Electric Cooperative used the back page to wish members a happy holiday with custom graphics. Tillamook PUD (OR) added a personal touch with a staff photo. Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AK) delighted us by printing a utility-themed version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.’
One of the benefits of being a member of utility cooperatives is the return of capital credits. Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative (OR) and Peace River Electric Cooperative (FL) detailed how those funds will be distributed to members.
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