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In-floor electric heating options

Dear Jim: I often feel chilly in my home, especially during the winter months. I know electric resistance heating can be expensive to use, but I really like the idea of in-floor heating. Does it only work with tile flooring, or can it be used under carpet? What types are available? – Ron A. Dear […]


Make your holidays greener

While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the ­environment. All that shopping, decoration, food ­preparation and travel adds up to more carbon emissions and more waste. But there are ways to ­minimize our impact and still celebrate the season in grand style. For starters, buy fewer gifts. Homemade, personal […]


The legend of the Christmas tree

The custom of a Christmas tree, ­undecorated, is believed to have begun in Germany, in the first half of the 700s. The earliest story tells how British monk and missionary, St. Boniface, was preaching a sermon on the Nativity to a tribe of Germanic Druids ­outside the town of Geismar. To convince the town’s people […]


Open ears, open hearts, open doors

“God literally woke me up and said ‘Feed my ­children.’ ” That was about 20 years ago, and Kenny Mayner knew it was God’s voice. The only thing he did question was what it meant at that time. He and wife, Marsha, have a family of two boys. They were well loved and well fed. […]


Trip of a lifetime opens up a world of opportunity

You could tell as they approached the building that some were a bit hesitant, while others had that air of adventure about them. Very few knew anyone else taking the trip. As they dropped off their suitcases and milled around, the noise of nervous excitement filled the meeting room. And, as some of them said […]


Cooperative careers

The men and women who don hard hats and climb poles to work on power lines might be the most visible employees of electric utilities, but it takes a host of other professions to keep power flowing. From accounting to communications, engineering to human resources, customer/member service to line work, the job opportunities at electric […]

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The Cowboy Co-op

By Tom Tate October is National Co-op Month, so it seems fitting for co-op members to look back to our ­beginnings and reflect on the ­reasons for the creation of electric cooperatives. This is a remarkable story that demonstrates the exceptional nature of the Americans who ­populated rural America, then and now. Nineteen hundred and […]

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Preserve the harvest for winter meals and holiday gifts

by Melinda Myers The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you’ve run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that ­special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at the farmer’s ­market. So what is a gardener or ­shopper to […]

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Rules drafted in Washington have local impact

Not-for-profit electric cooperatives work every day to provide affordable, reliable electricity to the more than 42 million Americans they serve. Electric co-ops steadfastly focus on ways to provide reliable and affordable energy. Our nation needs a sensible energy policy that is based on those two priorities — reliability and affordability. Simple supply and demand dictates […]


Tips for a healthier home

Every household has its honey-do list, but ­inevitably you’re not always going to have time to cross off every project on the list. Rather than ­setting lofty goals that make it easy to procrastinate, the key to a productive and effective list is to be ­realistic. Start with the projects that will have an immediate […]