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Trash to treasure

You’ve probably heard the expression, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that is increasingly true today. Many consumers are not only looking for a good deal, but also for “treasures” they can transform into something new for a fraction of the cost. The popularity of “trash to treasure” has created a demand for […]

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Future rate shock

In his State of the Union speech President Obama said his “all-of-the-above energy strategy” has moved America closer to energy independence, but co-op ­leaders noticed he didn’t mention coal. And although coal is America’s most abundant and affordable energy resource, the EPA’s proposed regulation will virtually eliminate new coal-fired plants changing the policy to an […]

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Efficient outdoor lighting

By James Dulley Dear Jim: I need to add outdoor lighting for security at my home. I’d also like to use the lights for entertaining. How can I brighten outdoor spaces without ­driving up my electric bills? – Paul H. Dear Paul: Outdoor lighting can be effective for security, but drives up utility bills if […]

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Listen to your heart

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women – killing more than all forms of cancer combined. The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages all women to live a healthy lifestyle and spread the message that heart disease is killing our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.  Go Red For Women Coleen Mays, Rural Electric Convenience […]

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Casey’s General Store

In rural communities across the Midwest, you are likely to spot a Casey’s General Store, sometimes even more than one in the same community. Illinois is Casey’s second largest state, only behind Iowa, where you’ll find the corporate offices of the convenience store chain. Second is still impressive considering there are 1,770 stores in 14 […]

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Illinois innovation

Many times innovation comes out of a backyard garage, not a big company. That’s the story of “Seven,” an electric 207 MPGe dream car that was born in an Illinois co-op member’s pole barn. Much has happened in the three years since Illinois Country Living last interviewed Illuminati Motor Works (IMW), the team that built […]

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World-class performer

Last month POWER Magazine named Prairie State Energy Campus as one of the top five coal-fired plants in the world. This 1,600-MW mine-mouth plant located in Washington County, Ill., is the largest U.S. coal-fired plant to be built in three decades. The supercritical plant’s state-of-the-art emissions controls result in emissions that are one-fifth the national […]

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Extreme Efficiency Makeover

By Magen Howard Extreme home makeovers can update your living space, but an energy efficiency makeover will ensure your home performs at its peak. Everything from “low-hanging fruit” like ­swapping out lightbulbs to ­“bigger ticket” items such as ­replacing appliances with newer, energy-­saving models is fair game. Finding ‘energy hogs’ If you’re ready to take […]

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