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Central Dispatch CGEMC Newsletter | August 2020

everything in our power

When challenges like the recent pandemic are upon us, we often question what is really in our power to control. However, when we band together as a cooperative family, we usually find that there is more within our power than we once thought.

For the eighth consecutive year, Central Georgia EMC (CGEMC) ranked among the three lowest-cost electric providers in all of Georgia. We work hard to provide reliable service and to keep energy costs affordable for our members. But we believe we have the power to be much more than a provider of affordable, reliable electricity.

We are excited to announce that we now have the power to meet your natural gas needs! Fuel Georgia, a subsidiary of Central Georgia EMC, was recently formed to bring you the CGEMC service model in natural gas form. The added benefit for CGEMC members is that Fuel Georgia will absorb some of our operating expenses, saving you money on electric service.

But what about broadband? We recognize the challenges that many of our consumers face because of the lack of affordable high-speed internet access. That’s why we are doing everything in our power to partner with a broadband provider who will bring a long-term internet solution to our customer-owners, without risking the financial well-being of your cooperative.

For the past 83 years, we have had our members' interests at heart and will continue our legacy of doing everything in our power to serve you best, despite any challenges along the way.

at cgemc, you are a member, not a meter

We are committed to the highest level of customer service, including focusing on energy conservation and lower bills. Our Energy Services Team examines patterns of energy use to identify potential issues that could lead to an unexpectedly high bill. The Energy Services Team is also available to address customers' energy concerns and conduct home energy audits.

We recently received this message from a customer-member:

Energy Representative J.C. Coleman and Energy Analyst Adam McDaniel were in my service area recently. I am on a fixed income, and when my bill spiked tremendously, I wanted to know why. When I approached them, they immediately acknowledged my presence and listened as I explained my dilemma. They accessed and explained my utility usage, and made suggestions as to why my bill may have peaked. Thank you, CGEMC, for having professional and patient employees who take the time to deliver excellent customer service."

Please give us a call at 770-775-7857 if you are interested in our energy services.

co-op kids

Our mini members make the BEST energy explorers! We have downloadable resources that are fun and free!

court is in session

Since June 30, the Butts County Courthouse has been in residence at our Annex Building. Butts County will be utilizing the Annex meeting area until courthouse renovations are complete. We are excited to host such an essential part of our community!

Did you know that CGEMC once held our Annual Meeting of Members at the Butts County Courthouse? In fact, we were able to contribute photographs from our archives to help in the county's efforts to accurately restore the historic building.

CGEMC & AMAZON

Energy-Savings Delivered!

Part of our commitment to you, as a customer-owner, is helping you receive the most from your energy dollars.

CGEMC is happy to have partnered with Amazon to suggest great energy-saving options for your home!

Looking for a smart home device? PEV charger? DIY energy efficiency products? Visit the CGEMC Amazon Store to shop for Adam's suggested products.

Holiday Closing

The Central Georgia EMC office will be closed on Monday, September, 7, 2020. In the event of a power outage, please call our 24-hour automated system at 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877 for an immediate response. System operators are on duty to assist you.

Got Solar? Yes We Do!

Did you hear the great news? We've expanded our Cooperative Solar program to include solar fields across the state. This growth comes with an increase in capacity, enhanced performance reliability, and no waiting list!

Commit to a smaller carbon footprint in 2020 without installing or maintaining any equipment. Call 770-775-7857 or 1-800-222-4877 to learn more about adding solar energy to your monthly energy mix.

In June a total of $12,500 was awarded by the Central Georgia EMC Foundation to non-profit organizations in our service territory.

Spotlight On Hopeville Boys Center, Inc.

Hopeville Boys Center received an Operation Round Up grant in June to purchase basketball equipment. The basketball program promotes teamwork and discipline, improves self esteem, and offers physical activity for the participants.

Hopeville Boys Center matches suitable male mentors with young men, aged 12-17, who need personal support. They recruit, screen, train, and supervise throughout the mentorship process with a goal of developing a strong support system of positive role models.

Qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations in our service territory are invited to submit an application to the Central Georgia EMC 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

Welcome to our newest local Co-op Connections partners!

Get Connected With GotW3

No or slow internet at home? Our newest Co-op Connections partner, GotW3 Wireless Internet, could be your solution!

GotW3 provides a fast and reliable connection with ample data. Connect all your devices and enjoy streaming with service delivered via Wi-Fi connection.

On the move? GotW3 is mobile, so you can take your service anywhere you go!

The Urban Plan is perfect for populated areas, apartment buildings, or those needing a mobile solution for city life. Speeds of 75 megabits per second (Mbps) down and 50 Mbps up have been reported in areas with strong cell service.

For those who live in less populated areas or travel often, the Rural Plan covers more of the nation than the Urban Plan!

J's Custom AV, our GotW3 reseller, is offering $10 off of the setup fee for Central Georgia EMC customers through the Co-op Connections program. Call 706-816-9210 for more information or visit their website.

*Deals are subject to change.

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

Installing a smart power strip is a quick and easy way to start saving money while making your home more energy efficient. Smart power strips can actually cut power off to save energy since they are able to detect when a device is in standby mode. - energy.gov

We love a great energy saving resource, and it's hard to beat Find 101 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Money. Download your free copy.

Safety meets style

Our partners at EMC Security have merged personal security with style in their new mobile watch. Give the gift of peace of mind to the active, independent adults in your life.

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

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!

Do you have the cgemc mobile app?

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

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