As I write this column, we have just completed one of eight district meetings. I would like to thank those of you who were able to attend these events, as I know you had other options to spend your valuable time.
The district meetings allow us to visit with you on a more personal level. We’re here to serve you, and I hope that when you left our meetings, you understood we take the responsibility seriously.
Central Electric was created to serve our community. Back in the day, neighbors banded together and formed our co-op for the common good. In our case, it was the only way to bring electricity to the area where there was none. In doing so, your electric cooperative helped the community thrive.
Today, we are continuing to power the community. While our focus has remained steady on providing reliable energy to our members, today’s energy landscape and consumer expectations are far different than they were decades ago. That’s why we’re adapting to keep pace with changing technology, evolving needs and new expectations.
Serving as your trusted energy advisor means we want to help you save energy and money and provide advice and information on a broad range of energy topics. For example, if you’re looking for ways to save energy, check out our website for energy-saving tips and ideas to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Consider scheduling an energy audit to identify ways to save energy at home. Understanding how your home uses energy can help determine the best ways to modify energy use and keep more money in your wallet.
If you’re considering a solar installation, we would be happy to give you an unbiased view of the pros and cons. Investing in a solar system is a major decision, and it’s important to fully understand the costs, responsibilities, and potential energy savings. We are uniquely positioned to look at the total energy picture and help you determine the best option.
There was a lot of discussion on electric vehicles (EVs) at the district meetings. Central Electric recently purchased a Ford Lightning EV pickup to help us provide firsthand information about operating and charging an EV and the electrical requirements to support EV ownership. While you may not be in the market for an EV now, when you are ready to consider purchasing an EV, you can turn to us for information.
Your cooperative also serves the youth in our communities and local nonprofits. We provide scholarships to area students and leadership opportunities through the NRECA Youth Tour to Washington, DC. Our Operation Round-Up fund provides grants to help nonprofits with projects that make our communities better and safer.
Our service department can respond any time of day to repair issues related to heating and cooling, electrical wiring or large appliances.
So, the next time you hear Central Electric use the phrase “we’re here to serve you,” I hope you know that we mean it. We continue to evolve with the times, and in return, we’ve found more ways to serve you and provide more options for you to power your life.
We’re here whenever you need us. Connect with us online, in person, or through our Facebook page. However you choose to connect, please let us know how we can serve you better.
Until next month, stay safe!