Cooperative Review - September 2018
Vol68-9 September 2018

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.

SMECO crews need to have access to all electric equipment, including these transformers, in order to make occasional repairs. It is also dangerous to dig around or work close to the transformer. These boxes contain high-voltage lines and should be avoided.

When landscaping, make sure to keep plants at least 10 feet away from the transformer.

Additional landscaping tips to consider:

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Plant the right tree in the right place

It’s a great time to plant trees and shrubs. Consider electric equipment near your home and the future of your plantings.

Plan for the future when planting a tree

Trees are the major cause of power interruptions for SMECO customer-members. We devote much of our resources to cutting and trimming trees that threaten electric service.

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Committed to sustainability

SMECO is committed to the protection and preservation of natural resources. The cooperative strives to balance the needs of its members with its goal to protect the environment, all while providing reliable, competitively-priced electricity and related services. This commitment to enhance the quality of life in Southern Maryland is aligned with the cooperative’s commitment to environmental stewardship, and it would not be possible without the participation of the cooperative’s members.

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Around Town Calendar

Prepare for cold temps

Take advantage of mild temperatures to get your house ready for the cold months coming. Little changes can make a big difference in the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

Windows and doors

  • Weatherize doors and windows with caulking and weather stripping to prevent cold air from entering your home.
  • Use locks on your windows to make them tighter and draft resistant.

Heating system

  • Have HVAC equipment serviced professionally at least once a year.
  • Seal and insulate ductwork.
  • Remove leaves from around the outdoor unit of your heat pump. Keep the area clear for good airflow.
  • Change your filter regularly, at least every three months, preferably monthly.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Set thermostat to 68°F in winter.

Lighting and appliances

  • Keep lights and appliances turned off when not in use.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED lights.

Find more ways to save energy and save money at smeco.coop/save.

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