14 Energy Saving Tips You Might Not Know

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get 14 energy saving tips that the average person might not know. Casey gave us advice for efficiently using many of our major appliances like dishwashers, dryers and furnace/air conditioners. She also talked gave us some energy saving tips about light bulbs, computers, air filters, programmable thermostats and the Instant Pot. 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/

Text Alert Tutorial

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get a quick tutorial for setting up REC outage alerts via text message. Due to a recent system upgrade, if you signed up for REC outage alerts via text before March 2020, you will need to sign up for them again either on the website or via the SmartHub app on your mobile device. Be sure to have your account number handy. On the SmartHub mobile app:

  1. Log in. In the bottom right corner you’ll see the option to click for more.
  2. Click settings.
  3. Click contact methods. Add your mobile number and/or email address. **You can also add in your spouse’s mobile phone number or anyone’s number that you’d like to be alerted in case of an outage at your home.
  4. Swipe the slider right for ‘Receive Text Messages’ and wait a second for a verification code.
  5. Enter your verification code.
  6. You’re done and set up to receive outage alerts via text, and then you’re all set.

On the website: https://myrec.smarthub.coop/

  1. Login to SmartHub.
  2. Under the notifications tab, choose ‘Manage Contacts’
  3. Follow the instructions from above.

Casey explained that REC will send an outage notification letting you know when a crew has been assigned to your outage; when a crew is on site; and, when your power is restored with the cause of the outage. When the crew arrives on site, they will typically provide you with an estimated restoration time as well. 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/  

Winter Storm Prep

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative talking winter storm prep. Casey gave us several tips to make sure we’re prepared for a power outage in the event of a winter storm. Her main tip was to have everything you need in one easy-to-access place so you don’t have to scramble around. It doesn’t really matter what you put your storm prep kit in, just make sure you’ve got all of these items in one location that you can easily access.

  • The number one thing that REC recommends that you put in your storm prep kit is flashlights and fresh batteries.
  • Have a good supply of bottled water. Typically for an outage situation that lasts multiple days is one gallon per person per day for drinking. And another thing related to water, if you live in a home that has well water, you shouldn’t try to access your well water because your well pump isn’t going to be working without power. So, fill up your bathtub(s) up if you know that a storm is coming and use that water to boil for cleaning, to flush the toilets, etc.
  • Have nonperishable foods to eat that won’t require heating. And, if it’s a canned item, you want to make sure you have a non-electric hand-operated can opener.
  • Have extra blankets or bedding.
  • Have a first-aid kit with extra medications you may need.
  • Have a variety of hand tools – no power tools.
  • Have cash. In a power outage situation, you’re not likely going to be able to use a debt or credit card.

In addition to those items in your winter storm prep kit, Casey also recommends that if you have elderly relatives, make sure you have any items that they would need. If you have young children or babies in your home, make sure that you have extra, formula or any of the other supplies like diapers. For older children, make sure you have activities for them to do such as  board games or coloring. In the hours prior to a storm, plug in any of your electronic devices to ensure they have a full charge. If you have a landline phone, remember that cordless phones still require electricity, so add a traditional corded phone to your prep kit. For more information about how to properly be prepared during an outage, click 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/  

Energy Saving Tips for Renters

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to talk about some energy saving tips for renters. A few of those included:

  • Set the thermostat at 68 degrees, lower at night as needed.
  • Make it a habit to change the air filters regularly.
  • Open the drapes on sunny days to allow the sun to help add warmth to the home.
  • Talk to your landlord about sealing any air leaks.
  • Replace traditional light bulbs with LED’s. They use far less electricity and last longer over time.

  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/  

Tips for Winter Savings

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get a few tips for winter savings on your electric bill. Casey’s tips included:

  • Control Thermostat Settings: lowest comfortable temperature, but 68 degrees is recommended.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to provide increased efficiency. Utilize the settings to adjust when you’re away from home and overnight.
  • If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, avoid adjusting the temperature more than 2 degrees at a time.
  • Change or clean air filters regularly.
  • Have your system inspected annually.
  • Seal air leaks in the home. Sealing air leaks in your home can help you save 10% to 20% on heating and cooling bills. Apply caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing to seal in conditioned air. You should also weather strip exterior doors, which can keep out drafts and help you control energy costs.
  • Take advantage of the monitoring and usage tools available in their SmartHub app.

  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/

Winter Safety Tips

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get five winter safety tips.

  1. Don’t overload outlets.
  2. Never leave space heaters unattended.
  3. Inspect heating pads & electric blankets.
  4. Use portable generators safely.
  5. Check your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors regularly.

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 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/

Five Tips to Tame your Electric Bill

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get five tips to tame your electric bill.

  1. Set your heat to 68 degrees or lower.
  2. Seal your windows and your doors.
  3. Wrap your water heater in a blanket if it’s in an unconditioned space.
  4. Avoid using a wood burning fireplace.
  5. If you have a crawl space, close the vents and seal the crawl space access door with weatherstripping.

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 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/  

Does Louis “Walk the Walk?”

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. During our conversation today with Louis O’Berry, Energy Management Advisor for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, we discussed his personal energy saving practices (as well as those of other REC employees) in his own home. We tried to determine whether Louis actually walked the walk or simply talked the talk. Have a listen and decide for yourself. For more tips and information about energy savings & management, visit REC’s website: https://www.myrec.coop/res/save-energy/index.cfm

Capital Credits

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio for a conversation with Kris Sieber, Manager of Member Services, and Larry Andrews, Manager of Administrative Services & Controller for REC. We talked about Capital Credits: what they are, how they’re used, and why they’re important to the financial stability of the cooperative. Larry & Kris explained how members earn the credits and how they are re-distributed back to REC members. For more information about Capital Credits, visit REC’s website: https://www.myrec.coop/share/member-benefits/capital-credits.cfm

In the Weeds about Vegetation Management

We are REC – a podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We were in the studio for a conversation with Cindy Musick, Director of Vegetation Management for REC about their vegetation management program. We talked about how & why they schedule their maintenance; how it works & who the people are in the trucks and on the front lines for clearing right-of-ways. We discussed how many of those on her team are certified arborists and foresters; some strange things she’s seen in her travels to member properties; and even learned about how members can acquire wood chips from their local maintenance crew. Cindy also told us about the wildlife aspect of her job that includes saving some trees for use as animal dens and nesting for raptors & eagles. They recently planted a pollinator garden at the Blue Ridge office in Front Royal and have since planted several more at other offices as well. For more information about the vegetation program, to “ask a forester a question,” visit REC’s website: https://www.myrec.coop/share/reliability/vegetation-management.cfm