Light up the holidays like a pro
by Operations Manager Ed Johansen
Seven SAFETY tips for the holiday season
When working around high-voltage electricity, co-op linemen always put safety first. Safety should also come first at home. Use these tips to protect your home and family:
1. Replace or repair decorations with frayed wires, worn switches and broken parts.
2. Place fresh-cut trees away from heat registers, fireplaces and radiators.
3. Make sure extension cords are in good condition.
4. Keep outdoor extension cords and lights clear of snow and standing water.
5. Do not connect more than three light strings.
6. Always unplug decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.
7. Stay clear of power lines when using a ladder and hanging outside decorations.
Five ENERGY SAVERS for the holiday season
Do you use more electricity during the holidays? Remember, your electric bill may be higher because:
1. Holiday entertaining involves extra cooking and baking, which requires extra energy. Don’t peek! Opening the oven door can lower temp by 25° and causes the oven to use more energy. Also, unplug small kitchen appliances that continue to use power when not in use, and you could save $10 to $20 per year.
2. Holiday guests use more hot water for showers, laundry and dish washing. Run only full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine to conserve energy.
3. Holiday lights and decorations use electricity. Switch to energy-efficient LEDs for decorating, interior and exterior lighting. LEDs use less energy and last longer than traditional bulbs.
4. Shorter days and longer nights mean lights stay on longer, both inside and out. Use timers to turn holiday lights on and off automatically.
5. Space heaters are often used in garages, basements and rooms for extra warmth. Shut them off when you leave the room for safety and savings.
To learn how you can save energy and money during the holidays and all year, call our member services office, 800-421-0283, ext. 595.