June 2019 LightREADING Newsletter

Your News from Flathead Electric Co-op

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Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency = Valuable Resource

Definitions

Frequently, energy efficiency and energy conservation are used as interchangeable terms, but they are quite different.

Energy Conservation refers to going without (turning lights off, for example).

Energy Efficiency means finding more efficient ways to use energy (leaving the lights on to enjoy, but replacing old bulbs with efficient LEDs).

Energy conservation
refers to going without (turning lights off, for example).

Energy efficiency
means finding more efficient ways to use energy (leaving the lights on to enjoy, but replacing old bulbs with efficient LEDs).

 

At Flathead Electric Cooperative, energy efficiency is a valuable resource because the energy savings we help our members achieve is energy that doesn’t have to be purchased, which financially benefits all Co-op members.  Since 2009, Flathead Electric’s efficiency programs have saved members and the Cooperative as-a-whole, over 100,000 megawatt hours, which is enough energy to power nearly 100,000 homes for a year. In 2018 FEC paid its members over $1.8 million for energy efficiency efforts, correlating to a savings of 9,555 megawatt hours of electricity. Here’s how the numbers broke down:

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$1.1 million in the Commercial Sector (lighting and custom projects with the Co-op’s commercial and industrial members)
$1.1 million in the Commercial Sector (lighting and custom projects with the Co-op’s commercial and industrial members)
$465,000 in the Residential Sector (replacing heating systems, appliances, lights, windows, adding insulation and other weatherization measures for FEC residential members)
$465,000 in the Residential Sector (replacing heating systems, appliances, lights, windows, adding insulation and other weatherization measures for FEC residential members)
$251,000 in System Improvements (such as reconductoring electrical wire to prevent energy loss and other efficiency efforts)
$251,000 in System Improvements (such as reconductoring electrical wire to prevent energy loss and other efficiency efforts)

 

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FEC offers New Thermostat Rebate Program

Thermostat RebatesWhen installed and programmed correctly, the right thermostat can save energy and help lower electrical demand. For members with electric heat, Flathead Electric Co-op offers rebates on the purchase of smart thermostats ($100 rebate) and line voltage thermostats ($18 rebate). FEC Energy Services Director Ross Holter says new technologies have made thermostats much smarter.

Besides simply offering programmable features, smart thermostats can actually learn your preferences over time and adapt to use energy more efficiently according to your habits.”

For more information on this new incentive program or the many other ways we can help our members save, visit us online or call 406-751-4483.

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Congratulating our Scholarship Winners

ScholarshipsFlathead Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce its 2019 Scholarship Program recipients. We recognize these students for their dedication, and we hope this support helps them meet their educational goals. A total of $117,000 has been awarded this year to the following students in our service territory:

Joshua Anderson (Flathead HS)

Bryce Bennett (Columbia Falls HS)

Danae Bonefeole (Flathead HS)

Steven Ciraolo (Columbia Falls HS)

Dawson Cooper (Flathead HS)

Genevieve DeLorme (Columbia Falls HS)

Abigail Ellison (Non-traditional)

Ahna Fox (Bigfork HS)

Caitlin Franke (Glacier HS)

Beleza Skye Goodson (Bigfork HS)

Kyla Harris (Glacier HS)

Taylor Henley (Flathead HS)

Justin Horn (Non-traditional)

Isaak Jones (Non-traditional)

Zac King (Stillwater Christian)

Ammann Koch (Whitefish HS)

Emily Lawrence (Non-traditional)

Alyssa Meeker (Glacier HS)

Brandy Murray (Libby HS)

Ethan Neff (Libby HS)

Haylie Peacock (Non-traditional)

Cassandra Praxel (Glacier HS)

Kayla Praxel (Glacier HS)

Layton Praxel (Glacier HS)

Logan Siblerud (Flathead HS) 

Amy Smith (Flathead HS)

Zoie Spady (Libby HS)

Austin Swarztenberger (Libby HS)

Luke Taylor (Bigfork HS)

Sadie Wilson (Flathead HS)

Keegan Wold (Whitefish HS)

Kelsy Wright (Columbia Falls HS – Basin Electric Cooperative Scholarship)

FEC scholarships are funded by capital credit dollars that have gone unclaimed for five or more years, at which point state law allows FEC to use them for educational purposes in our service area, rather than going into the Montana general fund.

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Call before you dig

Shovel digging in groundAre you going to plant a tree? Dig a foundation? Put in a fence?

Did you know it’s the law to call before you dig? UDIG is a free service that provides a single phone number for the public to call to notify utilities with buried cables that may be affected by an excavation project. The purpose is to make the process safe for all concerned by preventing injury and property damage. Call 755-UDIG (8344) or 1-800-551-8344.

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Co-op Connection

Get to know the people working for you

Ricky-KjosRicky Kjos  FEC Accountant

Q. What do you bring to your Co-op?

A. In an ever-changing business, it’s important to be able to find solutions to new challenges. I enjoy problem solving and process improvement. As a member of the accounting team, I’m regularly looking for ways to increase efficiency while maintaining accuracy.

Q. What’s the best thing about working here?

A. I love working for a company with a guiding principle of “Concern for Community.” The Co-op’s trustees, management, and staff are always looking for ways to improve life in our communities. Having lived in the Flathead Valley my whole life, I appreciate that focus.

Q. If you had a super-power, what would it be?

A. I would choose teleportation because I enjoy visiting new places. Being able to teleport would allow me to experience so many new areas without having to deal with the hassles of travel.

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Roundup Report

Bike Helmets

Roundup for Safety Bike Helmets

A $7,095 grant from Roundup for Safety will help kids prevent head injuries

In applying for the grant through Kalispell Regional Medical Center’s (KRMC) Injury Prevention Program, coordinator Dan Daub said the money was used to purchase 1,100 bike helmets which were given out during their annual “Spring into Safety Kids Day” last month.

“For this year’s event we included bike safety checks, a road course, and the helmets which were properly fitted to each child.  This project also helps children by providing the education they need to make better and safer decisions.”

 

May Projects Funded

  • Youth With a Mission of MT
    Two AED’s $2,000
  • FCSO K-9 Program
    K-9 radios and first aid kits $3,200
  • Flathead Industries
    One AED $1,000
  • Stillwater Free Lutheran Church
    Security door $2,000
  • Community Action Partnership
    Keyless entry system $2,000
  • Deer Park School District #2
    Parking lot lighting $7,499
  • Whitefish Library Association
    Broken floor outlet replacements  $3,000
  • Whitefish Housing Authority
    Security cameras for parking lot $3,000
  • Fellowship Alliance Church
    Background checks for volunteers $1,500

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for FEC members who round up their electric bills to the next dollar. This money goes into a fund for community safety projects.

To apply for a Roundup for Safety grant, visit Roundup for Safety. Thank you to the thousands of Flathead Electric members who round up their bill for safety! Together, we are making a difference in our community.

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