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Pursuing a responsible energy future

In just the last decade, generation and transmission ­cooperatives have invested more than $3.4 billion to reduce emissions and boost efficiency. They are ­planning billions of dollars more in further upgrades. Here in Illinois, Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Prairie Power, Inc. joined six consumer-owned municipal ­agencies and invested $1 billion in emission control equipment […]

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Treasure hunts along the road

By Amy Higgins Road trip activities are often tedious and predictable: the license plate game, 10 minute pit stops, mounds of munchies and the occasional snooze. But there are ways to break up the monotony, get a little exercise and have fun. Try geocaching and letterboxing. These scavenger hunts aren’t new, but they aren’t as […]

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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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