October 2017

Social Media

Posts for October

  • October 2 – In honor of #CoopMonth, we’re taking a look back (and forward!).  [LINK TO ARTICLE]
  • October 3 – Co-ops are committed to our principles. #coopmonth
  • October 4 – Co-ops are committed to impacting our communities. #coopmonth
  • October 5 – Co-ops are committed to our members. #coopmonth
  • October 5 – Today is Tennessee Co-op Day of Service. [INSERT PHOTO AND DETAILS ABOUT PROJECT].
  • October 6 – Co-ops are committed to our communities. #coopmonth
  • October 9 – Co-ops are committed to kindness. #coopmonth
  • October 12 – Link to article on tnmagazine.org or to local section in the DigiMag.
  • October 18 – Complete our eScore self-audit and get a free energy saving kit and $10 Home Depot gift card. [LINK TO CO-OP WEBSITE OR www.2escore.com] 
  • October 24 – Help us spread the word to #emergency responders. Share tips to keep them #solar panel #safe: [IMAGE]
  • October 26 – Follow these tips to slay energy vampires in your home. [LINK TO VAMPIRE ARTICLE ON YOUR WEBSITE]
  • October 30 – We’ve got the tricks to keep your #Halloween #safe and full of treats.
  • October 30 – Ghosts and goblins under 12 still need adult supervision. And the trick for treating older ghouls? Stay in well-lit areas with a group.
  • October 30 – #Safety first: Get seen on #Halloween. Having a great costume is just the beginning. #safety
  • October 30 – Headlights on. Eyes peeled. You’ll be prepared for trick-or-treaters and a zombie apocalypse. #Halloween #safety

September 2017

Social Media

Posts for September

  • September 1 – Have a great labor day weekend. Our offices will be closed Monday, but call [PHONE NUMBER] to report outages 24 hours a day. [INSERT PHOTO OF A GROUP OF LINEMEN]
  • September 5 – Highlight bill payment option #1 [LINK TO PAYMENT OPTIONS PAGE ON CO-OP WEBSITE]
  • September 7 – Link to harvest safety article on website. [LINK TO GRAPHIC or www.everydaysafe.org]
  • September 12 – Highlight bill payment option #2 [LINK TO PAYMENT OPTIONS PAGE ON CO-OP WEBSITE]
  • September 15 – Considering home improvements? Our eScore program can help you save energy and money. [LINK TO CO-OP WEBSITE OR www.2escore.com]
  • September 18 – Link to article on tnmagazine.org or to local section in the DigiMag.
  • September 19 – Highlight bill payment option #3 [LINK TO PAYMENT OPTIONS PAGE ON CO-OP WEBSITE]
  • September 22 – Happy First Day of Fall! The nights are getting longer. Improve safety and security with outdoor lighting from [CO-OP NAME].
  • September 26 – Highlight bill payment option #4 [LINK TO PAYMENT OPTIONS PAGE ON CO-OP WEBSITE]
  • September 28 – Complete our eScore self-audit and get a free energy saving kit and $10 Home Depot gift card. [LINK TO CO-OP WEBSITE OR www.2escore.com] 
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[CO-OP NAME] has heard from a handful of our members who were contacted by Arcadia Power. We urge members of our co-op to thoroughly research Arcadia Power and fully understand what they offer before signing up.

Arcadia Power claims to be “the utility of the future” and offers to provide “renewable energy” to any home or apartment regardless of your location. It is important to understand that Arcadia Power is not a utility, and they are not actually selling energy. Instead, they are providing Renewable Energy Certificates designed to off-set a portion of your overall energy consumption. This does not replace the energy that flows into your home or create additional sources of renewable energy.

[CO-OP NAME] is aware of the environmental impact of power generation. We are proud that our energy supplier, the Tennessee Valley Authority, has made significant investments in clean generation that will reduce its system carbon dioxide rate by 60 percent by 2020. We support TVA’s ongoing efforts to diversify its power generation mix.

[FOR CO-OPS WITH COMMUNITY SOLAR, INCLUDE DETAILS  HERE]

We also encourage our members to consider TVA’s Green Power Switch program. This program allows Mountain Electric Cooperative members to to purchase renewable energy generated right here in the Tennessee Valley for as little as $4 more on your monthly bill. Learn more about the Green Power Switch program at tva.gov.

[CO-OP NAME] is a consumer-owned, not-for-profit utility, and we are always available to help our members make smart energy decisions. Visit [WEBSITE URL] or call your local office to learn more.

July 2017

  • Leadership Column – Move over and save lives
  • Media Release – customize this and distribute to local media on or around July 1.
  • Talking points – Use these tips and schedule drive-time interviews for radio stations in your service area.

Social Media

Posts for July

  • July  3 – Independence Day office closed information
  • July 5 – Move over and save lives. Learn more at moveovertennessee.org.
  • July 6 – Protect your skin when outdoors. Follow our Lineman’s Guide to a Sun-Safe Summer [LINK TO https://www.tnelectric.org/2015/06/10/a-sun-safe-summer/]
  • July 11 – Enjoy the great outdoors, but keep safe. Summer electric safety tips for your family. [LINK TO https://www.tnelectric.org/2015/07/01/stay-safe-in-the-great-outdoors-this-summer/]
  • July 13 – Make plans for your provisions! Minimize food loss and reduce risk of illness before a power outage.
  • July 17 – Move over for utility workers in Tennessee. It’s the law. [LINK TO www.moveovertennessee.org]
  • July 19 – Move over to keep utility workers safe. [LINK TO VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uem13hqAaZE&t=1s]
  • July 21 – LINK TO TENNESSEE MAGAZINE ARTICLE
  • July 25 – Co-op facts: [CO-OP NAME] serves #### meters in parts of ## counties.

June 2017

  • Media Release – customize this and distribute to local media on or around June 1.
  • Talking points – Use these tips and schedule drive-time interviews for radio stations in your service area.

Social Media

Posts for June

  • June 1 – Link to information on how members can track their energy use [MyUsage.com, SmartHub, etc…]
  • June 2 -We are one week away from Washington Youth Tour #TNWYT [Post image of delegates or photo from last year]
  • June 5 – Link to The Tennessee Magazine article
  • June 7– Co-op fact: [CO-OP NAME] maintains more than ### miles of line
  • June 9 – WYT post [your own or share one of TECA’s]
  • June 12 – WYT post [your own or share one of TECA’s]
  • June 15 – WYT post [your own or share one of TECA’s]
  • June 19 – Energy Vacation: Turn down your water heater temp while away. [Water heater photo]
  • June 21 – Energy Vacation: Turn up the thermostat when you leave for vacation. Your furniture won’t mind [Thermostat photo]
  • June 23 – Energy Vacation: Unplug your electronics before you leave for vacation. Many devices still use power even when turned off. [Cable box or game cons0le photo]

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[Co-op Name] shares tips to give your home’s energy use a vacation while you are on vacation

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – Going on vacation? Even if you plan to be away just a few days, you can save energy in your home when you travel. Here’s a few tips from [CO-OP NAME] that can give your utility bill a break when you take a break.

Water heater. Turn down the temperature, so it doesn’t keep the water warm while you are away. Or, talk to an energy expert at [YOUR CO-OP NAME HERE] about turning off the water heater.

Thermostat. During hot weather, turn up the thermostat on your air conditioning system. That way, you’ll save energy while ensuring that your home doesn’t get too warm. If you’re away during the winter, lower the temperature on your furnace. The house can be as cool as 50 degrees without the risk of your pipes freezing.

Refrigerator. Depending on food stored in your fridge, you may be able to turn the thermostat as high as 38 degrees without risking spoilage. Storing water-filled bottles in your refrigerator can prevent temperature fluctuations, which will save energy. Food in the freezer compartment will stay frozen if the temperature remains at minus 5 degrees.

Lights. Turn off all lights in your home. You may want to install timers on one or two lights for security.

Electronics. Unless you’re recording something while away, unplug all of your electronic devices—computer, monitor and printer, TV and cable boxes, DVD player, microwave, and digital clocks. Any electronics with digital displays, instant-on features, or remote controls will consume energy even if they’re not in use.

For other tips on how to save energy—and money—visit [www.energysavers.gov OR Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives energy-saving website, www.TogetherWeSave.com,] or call the efficiency experts at [CO-OP NAME AND NUMBER].

[CO-OP NAME] is a consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than [METER COUNT] meters in [COUNTIES SERVED]. Learn more about [CO-OP NAME] at [URL].

 

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Move Over and Save a Life

Six years after the Tennessee’s Move Over Law was expanded to
include utility workers, lineman continue to face roadside hazards

 

[HEADQUARTERS CITY] – In 2011, following efforts by Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, the state’s Move Over law was revised to not only include police, firefighters and other first responders, but utility workers as well. Unfortunately, motorists do not always heed the law.

[CO-OP LINEMAN QUOTE – DESCRIBE A CLOSE CALL OR USE THIS SAMPLE] “We have to concentrate on the dangers on the pole and on the ground. We have had cars come through way too fast, hitting the cones we have set up and clipping the outriggers that we have down to support the trucks,” says [LINEMAN NAME, TITLE]. “We see lots of people looking at their phones and not paying attention like they should.”

The requirements of the law are simple. On a four lane road, if safety and traffic conditions allow, a driver approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights should move into the far lane. On a two lane road or when changing lanes is not possible, a driver should reduce their speed.

Electric co-op vehicles aren’t the only utility vehicles covered; service vehicles used by municipal electric systems, telephone companies and utility districts are also protected by the law.

“July marks the 6th anniversary of the expansion of the law, but most motorists are still not aware of it,” says [CO-OP CEO NAME, TITLE, CO-OP]. “Our lineman perform an important job for our community. Changing lanes or slowing down to give them a little space is a simple courtesy that could save a life.”

More information about the law is available at moveovertennessee.org.

[CO-OP NAME] is a consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than [METER COUNT] meters in [COUNTIES SERVED]. Learn more about [CO-OP NAME] at [URL].

 

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