2011 ACRE Year End Report


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    Space Heater Safety

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee residents are experiencing the first real taste of winter this week, and Tennessee’s electric cooperatives remind homeowners that space heaters can be dangerous when not used properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all home-heating fires occur in December, January and February, and heating equipment fires account for 18 percent of all reported home fires and 22 percent of home fire deaths. Here are a few tips to remember when using space heaters: Be certain that space heaters at least 3 feet away from curtains, furniture and other household items. Select a heater that […]

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    The ripples of good deeds

    by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I had a wonderful November. Each year representatives from all Tennessee electric co-ops gather for an annual membership meeting, just like the individual cooperatives do, featuring speakers who provide a host of useful information and political leaders to report on our state and country. This year’s meeting was special for me: It was my last. I gave my usual report to the representatives of the 23 member electric cooperatives that make up the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association; however, on the first evening, I was honored […]

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    Spreading Mayberry ideals on Capitol Hill

    Mike Knotts, Director of Government Affairs for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I love “The Andy Griffith Show.” That’s not exactly breaking news, I know. It’s only one of the most popular television shows in history. And I suppose having a father whose name is Don Knotts may have helped pique my interest many years ago. But few can disagree that there is just something about that program that resonates with people across America. While my father was not the actor who played the iconic Barney Fife, I do relish the thought of life in Mayberry. Life was simple, doors […]

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    Tip of the Month

    Air is drawn into your home from low areas, so inspect your foundation for potential air-infiltration points. Fixing these leaks makes a bigger impact on your electric bill than sealing doors and windows! Caulk all cracks and gaps around your home including spaces around wires for telephone, electrical, cable, and gas lines, water spigots, and dryer vents. Find more ways to save at TogetherWeSave.com. Source: Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives

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    Hearts at Risk

    Blood pressure basics for American Heart Month Healthy hearts face risks from many different factors: high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and secondhand smoke, among others. But another common—and often misunderstood—risk factor is high blood pressure. One in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). With February designated as American Heart Month, now’s a great time to understand more about this condition. Blood pressure is typically recorded as two numbers, written as a ratio: 118/75 mm Hg. The top number, systolic, measures pressure in the arteries when a […]

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    Caulk up the Savings

    Caulk like a pro with these handy application tips | By Robert A. Dickleman The greatest sources of heating and cooling losses in your home are often invisible―air leaks. As a result, controlling air leaks provides the best way to extend the life of your home, conserve energy, save money, and increase comfort. Bottom line? If you don’t tighten up your home first, money spent on insulation may be wasted. Fortunately, you can seal a lot of leaks around your home’s exterior with less than $100 worth of caulk. It’s generally possible to seal openings up to one-quarter inch between […]

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