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Water heater efficiency and maintenance

Insulating your water heater and keeping the temperature at 120 degrees or below are two ways to save money on your utility bill. When a water heater reaches a certain age, it can be easy to assume it’s...

Former OEC chief executive finds a calling in service

Tony Ahern, former CEO of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives, is using his engineering expertise to help people around the world. For Tony Ahern, volunteer service work truly was a leap of faith. It has led him...

Holiday bonus: Returning money to co-op members

Roger Rhonemus, an Adams Rural Electric Cooperative member, receives capital credits annually from his co-op. To Roger Rhonemus, it’s almost like a Christmas bonus. Every year for about 20 years now,...

What’s the difference?

Credit: Getty Images Pat O'Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives Electric co-ops were established to provide electricity to people living in rural communities. Folks in rural...

The night the lights went out in Georgia

Linemen from Logan County Electric Cooperative and Midwest Electric Cooperative found a friendly Buckeye face in the midst of Georgia Bulldog country, though all the Ohio workers reported residents were,...

Restoring common sense

Pat O'Loughlin, president and CEO of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives The electric power “grid” that serves our country is a complex and highly technical system that depends on hundreds of organizations...

Heat and cool your home without blowing your budget

A blower, sized appropriately for the room, is installed inside the house. (Photo courtesy of NW Energy Efficiency Alliance) If baseboard heaters and window AC units are driving up household electric...

Be E3 Smart: Energy, Efficiency, Education

The Be E3 Smart program provides teachers with resources — such as the energy bike and Snap Circuits (opposite page) — to help them reach their students in new and different ways. Students can even get an...

Humbled by hurricanes

Pat O'Loughlin, president & CEO of Ohio's Electric Cooperatives Shelter, food, clean water, electricity — these are the essentials of life in today’s world. For all the technology and innovation...

The benefits of air source heat pumps

Heat pumps generally are split systems, with the condenser situated outside the home. For most of us, heating and cooling accounts for the largest part of our household energy use. For someone wanting to...