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Saving Money on your Electric Bill with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

7 December 2017

We were in the studio today with Louis O’Berry, Energy Management Advisor with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get some tips and suggestions for saving money this winter on our electric bills. Louis told us about weatherproofing options, gave us statistics about the percentage of energy heating our homes uses and impact on our bills. We talked about changing furnace filters, the cost of using space heaters (and the difference between the various types), where most heat escapes and how to prevent it in order to conserve energy, save money on your bill and heat your home much more efficiently. Plus, we discussed the ideal temperature in your home and whether you should turn the heat down while you’re gone during the day. Our conversation continued even after we went off the air, but you can hear the whole thing on this podcast.

We also talked about REC’s app and the different benefits members have by using it. There are also calculators on their website: http://www.myrec.coop/

REC is a member-owned utility that provides electric service to over 165,000 connections in portions of 22 Virginia counties. The Cooperative was formed in 1980 after the consolidation of two cooperatives, Virginia Electric Cooperative in Bowling Green and Northern Piedmont Electric Cooperative in Culpeper. The Cooperative’s general office is in Spotsylvania County.

REC operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. The Cooperative serves a variety of residential, commercial and industrial accounts. REC provides the electricity for such familiar names as Kings Dominion Amusement Park, Equinix, Inc., Merillat Industries, General Electric, Axalta, Kraft Foods Group, Inc. and Southeastern Container, Inc.

The Cooperative is guided by a board of directors, also member-owners of REC, and who are elected by REC’s other members during the annual meeting. Directors serve three-year terms.

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