A Conversation with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative CEO, Kent Farmer & Board Member, Chris Shipe

We were in the studio for a conversation with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative CEO, Kent Farmer & Board Member, Chris Shipe. We discussed their community involvement, expanding renewables, energy efficiency, and reliability. We talked about the the history of cooperatives, the importance of member involvement as well as the technology available through their SmartHub and SmartHub app. Our conversation continued after the show wrapped on-air; you can hear the entire conversation here.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative: An Overview

We are REC – a new podcast series produced in partnership with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. Every few weeks, we’ll be releasing a new podcast where we interview different people from REC about a host of different topics. We’ll get tips for saving money on your electric bill, we’ll talk about renewable energy and the impact it can have in our communities, we’ll get some behind-the-scenes info about what happens when the power goes out in a storm. We’re going to talk to linemen, marketing people, board members, even the CEO. Don’t miss out on information about community grants, scholarships, REC hosted events, and so much more. For our first episode, we wanted to give you some background on REC; their service area; explain how cooperatives work, and more. Janet was in the studio with Casey Hollins, Director of Communications and Public Relations for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative. We discussed the cooperative model, member benefits, the wide and varied services offered by REC and even talked about an upcoming event. It was a great conversation with lots of insight into how REC works for the benefit of it’s members. You can get more information about REC on their website: https://www.myrec.coop REC provides electric service to nearly 169,000 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.

Energy Saving Tips from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

We were in the studio today with Louis O’Berry, an Energy Management Advisor with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get some tips on saving energy & money on our electric bills. In December 2017, Louis made his “debut” on the show giving us money/energy saving tips; and, that show was chosen as “Best Documentary/Public Affairs Program”  by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters at their summer conference in June 2018. This episode, we talked about REC’s SmartHub app and the benefits of using this tool to monitor your energy usage. Louis gave us some summer-specific tips and we got quite an education on things that may use more kilowatts during the summer months as well as how we can curtail those “energy busters” to keep our usage and therefore our bills low(er). We continued the conversation even after the showed ended on-air and talked about how REC members can request an in-home energy audit to see where they might be able to make energy efficient improvements. You can get more information on their website: https://www.myrec.coop

Energy Saving Tips from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

We were in the studio today with Louis O’Berry, an Energy Management Advisor with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative to get some tips on saving energy & money on our electric bills. In December 2017, Louis made his “debut” on the show giving us money/energy saving tips; and, that show was chosen as “Best Documentary/Public Affairs Program”  by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters at their summer conference in June 2018. This episode, we talked about REC’s SmartHub app and the benefits of using this tool to monitor your energy usage. Louis gave us some summer-specific tips and we got quite an education on things that may use more kilowatts during the summer months as well as how we can curtail those “energy busters” to keep our usage and therefore our bills low(er). We continued the conversation even after the showed ended on-air and talked about how REC members can request an in-home energy audit to see where they might be able to make energy efficient improvements. You can get more information on their website: https://www.myrec.coop

Saving Money on your Electric Bill with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

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.

Saving Money on your Electric Bill with Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

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.