Tips to Conserve Energy During COVID-19 Outbreak

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We recorded today’s episode via Zoom with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get some tips for how to conserve energy while many of us are at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our conversation began with Casey explaining REC’s announcement on March 16, 2020 that they will not disconnect members for nonpayment of electric service, nor will members incur late fees or other related fees as a result of nonpayment. She answered my questions about auto-pay payments, options to make a payment now that their lobbies are closed, and walked me through the various ways to set up payment arrangements now so a large bill isn’t so overwhelming in a few months. Then, Casey gave several tips for how to conserve energy and ultimately save money on your electric bill while usage is higher than normal as everyone transitions to working from home and spending more time in our houses. Her tips included:

  • changes in your laundry habits;
  • suggestions for saving while using your dishwasher;
  • using power strips to manage your “vampire” usage;
  • controlling your thermostat;
  • cooking outdoors on the grill;
  • using REC’s SmartHub to track and monitor your usage.

For more energy saving tips, visit their Energy Center here: https://www.myrec.coop/res/save-energy/index.cfm REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, VA, the Cooperative 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. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. To hear more podcasts in the We Are REC podcast series, click here: https://theriver953.com/wearerec/  

Your Participation Matters: 2020 Annual Meeting & Director Elections

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We recorded today’s episode via Zoom with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to learn the details about their 2020 Annual Meeting & Director Elections happening virtually on August 19, 2020 at 7pm. She explained the logistics for participating in the meeting via live stream and/or phone as well as they many options available to submit your proxy designation. We talked about the importance of participating in the meeting/elections and Casey talked about how the directors serve the member-owners of the cooperative as a whole regardless of the region in which the member resides. She gave me the deadlines for submitting your proxy and told me about the various prizes that a member-owner qualifies for based on their timely submission. For more information about the annual meeting and election process, click here to visit their website.

Three Easy DIY Projects to Save Energy

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We recorded today’s episode via Zoom with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to learn about three easy DIY projects to save energy. Casey told us that it’s the perfect time to tackle a few DIY energy efficiency projects for your home. The good news: You don’t have to be an energy expert to do this! Here are three easy DIY projects you can do now to start saving.

  • Make the Most of Your Water Heater. She started with one of the easiest projects: insulating your water heater. Insulating a water heater that’s warm to the touch can save 7 -16% annually on your water heating bills. It should also be noted that if your water heater is new, it is likely already insulated. But if your water heater is warm to the touch, it needs additional insulation. Casey explained how to do that.
  • Seal Air Leaks with Caulk. The average American family spends $2,000 annually on energy bills, but unfortunately, much of that money is wasted through air leaks in the home. Applying caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing can save energy and money. Casey explained the different types of caulking and walked us through the application process.
  • Weather Strip Exterior Doors. One of the best ways to seal air leaks is to weather strip exterior doors, which can keep out drafts and help you control energy costs. Weather stripping materials vary, but you can ask your local hardware or home store for assistance if you’re unsure about the supplies you need. Casey walked us through the application process and gave us some tips for choosing the most effective material dependent on the door.

Click here to visit Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s website for more energy saving tips. REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, VA, the Cooperative 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. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. To hear more podcasts in the We Are REC podcast series, click here: https://theriver953.com/wearerec/  

Energy Efficiency Pop Quiz

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We recorded today’s episode via Zoom with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and she surprised me with an Energy Efficiency Pop Quiz! I only missed one – but you can take it for yourself and see how you would score. For more fun ways to learn about energy efficiency – be sure you’re following Rappahannock Electric Cooperative on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, VA, the Cooperative 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. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. To hear more podcasts in the We Are REC podcast series, click here: https://theriver953.com/wearerec/

May is National Electrical Safety Month

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We recorded today’s episode via Zoom with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get a few suggestions about practicing electrical safety in our homes. May is National Electrical Safety Month so Casey talked us through a few things we can inspect, things we can modify, and things we should contact an electrician for in order to keep our homes safe electrical issues. You can find more electrical safety tips on their website by clicking here. REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, VA, the Cooperative 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. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. To hear more podcasts in the We Are REC podcast series, click here: https://theriver953.com/wearerec/

Call Before You Dig – VA 811

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We recorded today’s episode via Zoom with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to learn about VA 811. Virginia 811 (VA811) is the not-for-profit organization created by Virginia’s utilities to protect their underground facilities. You should ALWAYS call (or go online) before you dig. VA 811 was formerly known as “Miss Utilities.” The process for having your property marked is quite simple and Casey walked us through it as well as gave us some insight into what the different colored markings represent, and why it’s so important to call before you do any kind of digging. You can find more information about VA 811 on Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s website by clicking here. REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, VA, the Cooperative 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. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. To hear more podcasts in the We Are REC podcast series, click here: https://theriver953.com/wearerec/