SMECO newsletter

volume 66 - issue 9 - September 2016

Old technology finds new life

"Concern for community" is one of the seven guiding principles of cooperative businesses. SMECO embraces this principle, and its employees invest their time and resources into supporting local events, charities, schools, and other endeavors that promote sustainable development in the communities we serve. Read more

Correction to program credit distribution

In the August 2016 issue of the Cooperative Review newsletter, we ran an article inviting residential customer-members in Charles County to take part in an electric water heater pilot program. To fully comply with SMECO’s tariff
and the filing that was submitted to the Public Service Commission, some of the program details have been adjusted, as follows:

Customers will not receive an initial bill credit of $25. Eligible customer-members who participate in the pilot will receive $25 in bill credits ($5 per month for five months) during the summer. This is a year-round load reduction program.

Eligible customer-members who would like to schedule an installation appointment can contact Comverge at 1-866-921-9474.

Keep your distance from transformers

If you are served through underground electric facilities, you may be tempted to hide that big green transformer in your yard with plants or landscaping, but don't do it. Read more

Before you dig, call 811

Call Miss Utility by dialing 811 before you plant a tree or shrub, start a garden, or install a fence. SMECO will mark the location of underground power lines on your property.

Call 811

Don't plant your trees near overhead power lines. Trees that will grow 20–50 feet tall should be planted at least 30 feet from overhead lines.

One call will save you a lot of time, trouble, and money. It could also save your life!

Comfort level and energy efficiency can go hand in hand

The summer months were brutal this year and high temperatures and heavy humidity had an impact on electric bills. In addition, some people noticed that their air conditioning had a hard time keeping up with the temperatures—even though their system was working hard, their home was still uncomfortable. Read more

Shower yourself in savings

Home appliances make our lives easier but they can also use a lot of energy. One appliance—the water heater—is the second-largest energy user in most homes. In an average home, water heating accounts for about 25 percent of the total energy usage—adding up to $400 to $600 per year to utility bills. Taking steps to reduce water-heating costs can save you money—a key step is to choose an energy-efficient model. Read more