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Green jobs for sustainable careers

According to the Illinois Green Jobs Survey conducted by the State of Illinois’ Department of Employment Security green jobs continue to be on the rise. Businesses and ­organizations are making sure their dealers and employees are well educated and even certified to ensure the appropriate measures are taken to accommodate their customers, whether residential or […]

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The proliferation of smart meters, along with other developing technologies, helps electric ­cooperatives work to contain costs while improving service for consumer-members. 
Source: NRECA

Co-ops cutting costs through innovation

If treated well, your electric co-op’s equipment and infrastructure-poles, lines, transformers, and the like-can last for decades. But as useful life ends for these components, reliability becomes more of an issue and co-ops are increasingly turning to innovative technologies to keep service reliable, safe and affordable. “Electric cooperatives have been leaders in adopting technologies to […]

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Postal problems

There are two ways to make a budget — spend less or earn more. Unfortunately for the Postal Service “earn more” is going by the way of e-mail, electronic bill pay, online advertising, texting and instant messaging. According to Great Lakes Communications Manager Victor Dubina, the Postal Service processed and delivered 213 billion pieces of […]

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To install do-it-yourself storm windows, attach foam weatherstripping around the frame to seal against the ­window opening and to hold it in place.

Window Wizardry

Dear Jim: Our house has its original single-pane ­windows, and we always feel chilly near them. I got quotes on ­having them replaced, but I can’t afford it now. What can I do in the meantime to improve the efficiency of the old windows?-Pete N.   Dear Pete: I’m not surprised to hear you feel […]

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Geothermal systems use underground coils filled with water or a special solution that work with a heat pump unit to heat and cool a home or business.

Picking the right heat pump

Because heat pumps are the most efficient electric heating and cooling technology, they are an excellent choice if your home needs a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrade. While electric resistance heaters are about 100 percent efficient, meaning all the electricity that goes into it is used to generate heat, heat pumps can claim […]

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The T-Bar M Dairy Ranch, outside of Durant, Okla., normally uses 250-W metal halide lights in its barns. CRN exchanged those bulbs in 10 fixtures with 120-W LEDs. After six months, the dairy had cut energy use by 55 percent and boosted brightness by 30 percent. Source: Cooperative Research Network

The speed of light(ing)

After maintaining a steady pace for a century, lighting technology has begun to leap forward, fueled by tightening energy efficiency standards and hefty incentives for ­manufacturers. And despite a bit of price shock on some lighting ­products, co-op members-especially large commercial and industrial accounts-are working with their local, not-for-profit, consumer-owned power providers to see if […]

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Gary, Dennis, Cindy and Joyce.

Round’em up for Cowboy Church

Different people have different ways of worshiping. Some share scripture, raise their hands, sing, pray, dance in praise, meditate. Some fellowship together over a meal, sometimes a potluck, sometimes the Lord’s Supper. Some go to a church building, a temple, a mosque, sit by a lake or in a tree-stand. And those who deliver the […]

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