Co-op celebrates Earth Day with almost 40% of members choosing paperless bills

Flathead Electric Cooperative is marking Earth Day with an invitation to all members to join its paperless efforts.

“In addition to reducing paper waste, going paperless is good for Co-op members’ wallets, as paperless choices saved the member-owned Co-op $293,500 in 2021. That helps to keep electricity bills as low as possible,” reflected Katie Pfennigs, Community Relations Manager for the Co-op. “It is fantastic on every level to see an increasing number of members choosing to go paperless.”

2021 paperless efforts by the numbers:

  • 38.7% of Co-op members chose paperless bills, meaning they access their billing statements through the Co-op’s Smart Hub app, website, or email
  • $277,000 – saved in bill printing and mailing costs for paperless bills each year
  • $16,500 – saved in statement printing and mailing costs each year by applying most capital credit payments directly to members’ accounts

In 2022, the Co-op is continuing its paperless efforts by offering electronic voting for the first time. The Co-op is democratically governed by a board of nine trustees. Each year, three of those seats come up for election. All of the Co-op’s 56,000+ members are eligible to vote in each election, so members who opt-out of paper ballots and choose to vote electronically make a significant difference. Electronic voting is expected to save the Co-op thousands of dollars in printing and mailing costs this year, with increased savings predicted in the following years as more members opt for electronic ballots.

Flathead Electric Cooperative offers an automatic $0.50 monthly bill credit to members who choose paperless billing. To go paperless, log into your online account at flatheadelectric.com, go to “My Profile” (or “Settings” on a mobile device), and click on “Update My Paperless Settings.” Use the slider to turn the paperless bill status to “ON” next to each account for which you no longer want to receive a paper bill. For assistance, please call 406-751-4483 during business hours.