Cooperative Review - January 2018
Vol68-1 January 2018

Customer Choice—what does that mean?

It means that you are able to choose the company that supplies your electric energy. Currently, about 5,500 of SMECO’s customer-members purchase power from alternate suppliers. The prices they charge for their power are not regulated, so alternate suppliers are free to set their rates at any level and can offer incentives to entice new customers. In some cases, the suppliers’ prices have been slightly better than SMECO’s, but in other cases they have not. So, before entering into a contract with a supplier, it is important that you compare the rate offered with the rate for SMECO’s standard offer service. 

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Employees raise $47,642 for local environmental groups

SMECO employees held two fund-raising events in 2017 and donated $11,910 to four different organizations that focus on the environment: 

  • In Calvert County: the American Chestnut Land Trust
  • In Charles County: the Port Tobacco River Conservancy
  • In Prince George’s County: the Alice Ferguson Foundation 
  • In St. Mary’s County: the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association 

SMECO employees raised the money through the SMECO 75 Bike Ride held in June and the SMECO Annual Charity Golf Outing in September. The events are supported by a group of employee volnteers, vendors, and the SMECO executive team. 

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Managing the accounts of deceased customers

In the event that a current account holder passes away, the SMECO account should be put in the name of the financially responsible person. Your SMECO account cannot be held in the name of a deceased person. 

To transfer the account, please call SMECO’s customer care center at 1-888-440-3311.

Pick the perfect LED 

Upgrade to energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® LEDs and get instant discounts—up to $7 per bulb—at participating retailers. LEDs last up to 25 times longer than incandescents and use 75 percent less energy, meaning you save energy and save money. LED lights have a number of benefits, but many people feel overwhelmed when picking the right one for their home. Know what to look for when you pick your next light. 

Color Temperature Uses
Warm white, soft white 2700 or 3000K Standard color of traditional bulbs
Cool white, natural white 3500 or 4100K Good for kitchen and work spaces
Natural or daylight (blue-white) 6000K and higher Good for reading because it increases contrast

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Have a child preparing for college?

SMECO is offering four $1500 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who want to be prepared for what the future has to offer.

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