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Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | January 2020

Central Georgia EMC works to continually listen and learn from our members about their priorities so that we can better serve you – because your electric co-op was built by the community, for the community.

We live in a device-driven world. Our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and an assortment of other devices help us communicate and connect. Companies spend billions of dollars pushing out a steady drumbeat of messages and information, and we are constantly bombarded with one-way communication. But is anyone listening on the other end?

At Central Georgia EMC, we are listening and eager to hear from you! Whether you respond to a survey or social media post, send an email, or simply stop by and chat in person, we thrive on your feedback.

Because we are a cooperative, we have a different way of operating. Central Georgia EMC exists to provide safe, reliable, and affordable energy to you, the members of the co-op. Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of the members we serve. We hope you will consider us more than your energy provider, but also as a local business that supports this community and powers economic development and prosperity for the people.

Washington youth tour

Tour dates: June 18 - 25, 2020

Application deadline: February 21, 2020

Interviews: March 5, 2020

It's time to apply for the 2020 Washington Youth Tour! We will be selecting two exceptional high school students from the Central Georgia EMC territory to have the experience of a lifetime—all expenses paid!

The Washington Youth Tour is a fast-paced week of adventure, including tours of all the major sites, meetings with state and national leaders, and activities to build leadership skills.

The Washington Youth Tour is open to:

  • High school sophomores or juniors, who will be at least sixteen (16) years old by June 18, 2020.
  • The student must live and attend school in one of our 14 serviced counties (Bibb, Butts, Clayton, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Morgan, Monroe, Newton, Pike, Putnam, and Spalding counties).

Walter harrison scholarship

Application deadline: January 31, 2020

Calling all college students! Twelve $1,000 scholarships will be awarded statewide to students with exemplary academic records. The funds may be applied to educational expenses at any accredited two- or four-year university, college, or vocational/technical institute in Georgia. The scholarships are available to any college-level students regardless of age.

The application process is underway. For full qualifications and to download your scholarship application, visit www.cgemc.com. Completed applications are due by January 31, 2020. Don't delay!

Ask Adam

How can I safely and efficiently use a space heater during these cold days?

Using a space heater properly can be a great way to save money. They are great for boosting the temperature of a room without overheating your entire home. Keep these tips in mind before turning the nearest unit on:

  1. Safety first. Purchase newer heaters that include the latest safety features.
  2. Select a heater of the proper size for the room you wish to heat. Do not purchase over-sized heaters. Most heaters come with a general sizing table.
  3. Location, location, location! Place the heater on a level surface away from foot traffic. Keep children and pets away from the heater.

While a space heater is a great tool, it's not a replacement for your HVAC system. It's great for heating a small, occupied space, but not as your primary source of heat.

Paying Your Electric Bill Can Be as Simple as Keeping Your Gas Tank Filled

  • Would it be easier for you to make daily, weekly, or bi-monthly payments rather than one payment each month?
  • Would you like to avoid paying past-due fees or a deposit?
  • Would it be more convenient for you to pay when you can, instead of meeting a set due date?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” Central Georgia EMC’s Prepaid Metering Program may be right for you!

Once you make your initial payment, you can deposit as much money as you wish into your Prepaid Metering account, and we will supply you with electricity. Think of your account balance like your car’s gas tank. As you use power, your account balance goes down. You can purchase smaller amounts of “fuel” every few days, or fill up the tank! You decide what works best for your budget.

Data shows CGEMC Prepaid Metering consumers use around five percent less energy than other residential consumers.

You can buy more power by adding money to your account anytime by going to www.cgemc.com, using our 24-hour automated phone service, or by visiting our 24-hour kiosk in Jackson, GA. Track your usage and account balance online or download the CGEMC mobile app.

We love our mini-members! We love to visit our community elementary, middle, and high schools! Programs range from safety, bucket truck visits, sources of energy, and even careers in energy. Request a speaker under the community care tab on our website at www.cgemc.com or call Member Engagement Coordinator Christy Chewning, 770-504-7917.

CGEMC Employees give back

Our employees collected 941 non-perishable items and cans for the City of Jackson's Can-A-Thon. We are proud to have employees who are always willing to give back to our communities.

Service to our communities is written into our founding principles as a cooperative. The new year will bring many "Co-Opportunities" that we, as co-op employees, will be involved with in 2020!

CGEMC Disburses $2,541,218 in Capital Credit Checks

The Board of Directors of Central Georgia EMC announced a capital credit refund to electric consumers who received service during 2001 - 2002. Refund checks were mailed to customer-owners on December 6, 2019.

The total amount of this refund was $2,541,218.04, which represents the remaining margins for 2001 and a portion of 2002. The margins are used as capital until they can be returned through a general refund without impairing the cooperative’s financial condition. Capital credits are a benefit of your membership.

Operation Round Up

In December, a total of $21,600 was awarded by the Central Georgia EMC Foundation to non-profit organizations in our service territory.

Qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations in our service territory are invited to submit an application to the Operation Round Up Foundation.

Through Operation Round Up, our members support local organizations with a mission to make our communities even better places to live, work, and dream big. By simply rounding up your monthly electric bill to the next dollar, you can join in! Our pennies add up to make BIG CHANGE!

Co-op Connections Card

Live your best with your Co-op Connections discount card!

Bulldog Gym - No enrollment fee for all prepaid memberships. 533 Venture Court, Monticello. 706-418-5901.

FitCo Health Club - No key fee. No sign-up fee. 833 Patrol Road, Forsyth. 478-993-2202.

New You Med Spa - 10% off packages (LHR, IPL); 5% percent off weight loss products. 1657 N Expressway, Griffin. 770-229-8626.

Sweet Impressions Massage Therapy - $35 for 60-minute full-body massage. 4917 High Falls Road, Ste. 201, Jackson. 404-918-8313.

Are you a local business who would like to be included in Co-op Connections? Click the link below. It is simple and free!

ENERGY savings TIPs

Energy tip

Let the sunshine in! For additional warmth, open drapes over windows that receive sunlight during the day. Close them at night, which can reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 10%.

Looking for more ways to save? Visit energy.gov.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Recipe of the Month

Special note about the Orange Slice Cake recipe. This recipe was given to Mrs. Diana Lindner by her special friend Mary, who is almost 90 years old!

My friend, Mary, used to make this for me when I was a teenager. She would always invite me over to enjoy the cake with her and her family. She had this recipe for years, and I would guess it was a family recipe. This has always been my favorite, probably because of all the love that went into her making it for me.

Want a $20 bill credit? Submit your favorite recipe to vjolley@cgemc.com. Include your active account number. Published recipes receive a $20 bill credit!

Do you have the cgemc mobile app?

It's free and easy to use! Download the CGEMC Mobile App today!

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