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What makes a utility great

By Justin LaBerge For most folks, January is a time when we consider the all possibilities that lie before us in the next 12 months. A fresh calendar means a fresh start, and we can’t help but wonder how we can make the most of it. Perhaps we’ll shed a few pounds. Or go back […]

Promising technology to survive ice storms

By Brian Sloboda Walk into any sporting goods or camping store and you will be faced with several types of water repellents that can be applied to boots, tents and other types of gear to keep it dry. What if you could apply a similar substance to power lines that would prevent them from accumulating […]

Seal tight, ventilate right

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless Dear Pat: Now that winter is here, I’d like to make my home more comfortable by keeping cold air out. I’m planning to have a contractor inspect and seal air leaks. However, a neighbor mentioned that I could seal up my home too much and cause ventilation problems. Is […]

Do you have an energy hog in your home?

By Patrick Keegan and Amy Wheeless Dear Pat: I’m trying to make my home as energy efficient as possible. I recently installed a new heat pump and efficient water heater, and increased the amount of insulation in my home. I also enlisted the help of a home energy auditor, and he didn’t find much in […]

Electric co-ops are prepared for cyber-attacks

By Thomas Kirk The specter of cyber-attacks on our nation’s critical infrastructure brings to mind Hollywood depictions like War Games or Mr. Robot. But how dangerous are cyber-attacks?  Currently, cyber-attacks are one of many risks electric utilities have to manage, but the threat to sensitive data and financial accounts is larger than it is to […]

SOCIAL SECURITY COVERS YOU WHEN YOU’RE ABROAD

By Becky Whitlow Social Security District Manager in Springfield, IL Social Security has you covered, even outside our nation’s borders. We’re with you through life’s journey, even if you’re traveling outside the United States. Many people who travel or live outside the country receive some kind of Social Security benefit, including retired and disabled workers, […]

WHILE SHOPPING ONLINE, VISIT SOCIAL SECURITY

By Becky Whitlow Social Security District Manager in Springfield, IL “Black Friday” is the busiest shopping day of the year, with people lining up at midnight for deals as they begin the busy holiday shopping season. More people than ever are taking advantage of online holiday deals. “Cyber Monday” is the day internet-savvy people search […]

SUPPORTING OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS

By Becky Whitlow Social Security District Manager in Springfield, IL Every Veterans Day, the nation honors the brave men and women who risk their lives to protect our country and the freedoms we cherish. Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the support they deserve. A […]

Retiring overseas? What you need to know about getting benefits abroad

By Becky Whitlow, Social Security District Manager, Springfield, IL There are a number of people who choose to live their retirement years in places outside of the United States. Perhaps retirement in Thailand or Portugal is in your plans. Maybe you plan to split your year between Central Europe and Central Asia. In many cases, […]

Social Security Q&A

By Becky Whitlow, Social Security District Manager, Springfield, IL General Question: Can I refuse to give my Social Security number to a private business? Answer: Yes, you can refuse to disclose your Social Security number, and you should be careful about giving out your number. But, be aware, the person requesting your number can refuse […]