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Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | October 2019

October is national co-op month!

Every October, Central Georgia EMC and cooperatives across the country celebrate National Cooperative Month—recognizing who we are and, more important, the customer-owners we serve.

Cooperatives are different from other types of businesses. When the market declines to offer a product or service or does so at a very high price, co-ops step in to fill the need.

Similar to how CGEMC was built by members who came together to bring electricity to our community, cooperatives are advocates for the common good. Your electric co-op exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you. Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of the members we serve.

Our close connection to the community ensures we get a first-hand perspective of local priorities, enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments, such as community solar programs, equipment and technology upgrades, and electric vehicle programs. That’s why we are continually seeking your input. Whether through community events, social media channels, or at the annual meeting, we want to hear from you!

We will continue to learn from our customer-owners about their priorities so we can better serve you—because your electric co-op was built by the community, for the community.

Ask Adam!

Adam McDaniel is your dedicated Energy Analyst. Adam spends much of his day looking for energy usage anomalies. When energy use falls outside a customer-owner's normal range, Adam can proactively make contact before a potential problem becomes a large electric bill.

How can we get ready to save energy in the colder months?

That's a great question! The mild weather of fall is a great time to knock out a few energy-saving projects.

  1. Check for air leaks around your home. Add caulk or weather stripping to seal those leaks around doors and windows.
  2. Change your filters. Filters should be changed throughout the year to prevent dirty clogs and allow your system to work more efficiently.
  3. Turn down the temperature of your water heater. By setting your water heater to 120 degrees, you will use less energy and save money.
  4. Lower your holiday lighting costs. Switch to LED holiday lights. They are more energy-efficient and safer than traditional bulbs.

One of the best energy tips - set up usage alerts through our customer portal or mobile app! Alerts keep you informed of changes in energy use daily, keeping you in control of your energy spending.

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.

For National Cooperative Month, we would like to highlight the keys to CGEMC's success—our employees! Not only do they work tirelessly to ensure the power keeps flowing, but they also devote their personal time to give back to the communities we serve. We refer to these acts of service as “Co-Opportunities.”

From coaching youth football teams to sending care boxes to troops overseas, from building homes for those in need to training aspiring fishermen—you will find them helping others in so many ways. The next time you are involved in a community project, look around... the chances are strong that a CGEMC employee will be standing next to you!

CGEMC IN THE COMMUNITY

cubihatcha outdoor center welcomes cgemc

CGEMC looks forward to September each year when approximately 3,000 third-grade students and 120 teachers from Henry County Schools take their lessons outdoors for two weeks to experience the “Cubihatcha Kids” outdoor education program.

The field trips to the Cubihatcha Center provide opportunities for experiential or “hands-on” learning for students through outdoor classroom activities that correlate with the third grade Georgia Standards for Excellence and Applied STEM Curricula. In addition, the field trips encourage student appreciation of natural resources and awareness of the water/sewer utility’s role in the community.

CGEMC has created a special program covering the importance of electrical safety, energy conservation, and a lesson on friction.

"I am always energized by the time I spend with the Cubihatcha Kids. They have such great questions and are excited to work on our friction experiment," said Member Engagement Coordinator Christy Chewning. "Our program message remains constant, but the unique enthusiasm of each class makes every session new."

The Cubihatcha Center consists of 1,000 acres of bottomland hardwood, forested wetlands and uplands, nature trails, outdoor classrooms, a community pavilion, the Henry County Water Authority Reservoir and Land Management office, as well as areas for outdoor recreation.

jackson elementary egg drop!

Our friends at Jackson Elementary invited us to participate in their Egg Drop Event. We had a great time helping the kids test their STEM skills. CGEMC is always happy to visit our mini-members.

co-op announcements

Powering Future Generation

Part of our commitment to our customer-owners is keeping pace with the latest and future trends of the energy market.

As always, the future of power generation is a rapidly changing landscape—and it’s one that we’re excited about! The electric vehicle market is a great example. Currently, electric vehicles represent 2.4% of all auto sales in the United States; however, that number is expected to surge to 30% of all auto sales by 2027. We’re already making preparations to handle that increased demand for electricity and evaluating rate options for off-peak charging.

Additionally, we are actively increasing our carbon-free power portfolio though the expansion of solar fields throughout the state and additional Plant Vogtle capacity coming on-line in 2021 and 2022. By 2023, almost 34% of our mixed power portfolio will reflect this move to carbon-free power solutions. We are already offering our customer-owners clean and renewable energy through our Cooperative Solar program and are pleased to announce the addition of 45,000 kW over the next two years.

We look forward to powering future generation with environmental and customer-owner interests as our catalyst.

Operation Round Up

In September, a total of $10,628 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

Fall Into Savings!

Fall is the perfect time to make sure your heating and air system is in top shape. Take advantage of the savings offered by our local Co-op Connections partners!

Airtekk Comfort Solutions - 20% off any service; $450 off qualifying heat pumps. 404-550-1582

EnergyWise Heating & Air - 10% discount on any service repair. 706-468-9742

Head Heating & Air - 10% discount on repairs; free estimate on equipment replacement. 478-992-0044

Jackson Heating & Cooling - 10% off any repair or $100 off equipment replacement. 770-775-5262

Lewis and Malone Heating & Air - 10% off first service call. 706-468-0627

Meeks Heating and Air - $49 service call special. 770-227-5753

Nail Heating & Air Conditioning - 10% off services; $150 off new systems. 770-946-8088

Phillips Heating & Air - 10% off services; 5% off equipment. 770-880-9932

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

Heating requires more energy than any other system in your home, typically making up about 42% of your energy bill. With proper equipment maintenance and upgrades, like additional insulation and air sealing, you can save about 30% on your energy bill.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

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!

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

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Created with images by stanvpetersen - "electric parking vehicle" • niekverlaan - "lamp idea pear" • Alyson McPhee - "untitled image"