- Seal doors and windows: Remove old, cracked caulking from windows, and apply new caulking around the joints and frame. Replacing worn weather-stripping around exterior doors keeps cool air in, and hot air out.
- Reduce phantom loads: TVs, DVRs, cable boxes and home computers use power when turned “off.” Energy.gov reports phantom load can cost an average household up to $100 a year. What to do? Use power strips with multiple plug-ins, and turn them off when electronics aren’t in use.
- Stop the leaks: Repair leaky faucets and fixtures that are not only wasting water, but causing your well and, if the leaking water is hot, your water heater to cycle on more often.
- Build an outdoor clothesline: On average, a clothes dryer costs $.40 to dry one load of laundry. Skip the dryer and air-dry one load of laundry a day, and save almost $150 a year.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils: Once a year, vacuum away dirt and dust collected on your refrigerator coils to keep it running efficiently. Coils are located on the bottom or back of the appliance, and don’t forget to always unplug the refrigerator before servicing.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Energy EfficiencyThe Centsible Weekend DIY
Do you plan to conquer your honey-do list this weekend? Add these inexpensive, DIY tasks to save energy and reduce your monthly electric bill. Now that’s centsible.
For more centsible energy saving ideas,
SECO News, November 2017
November 01, 2017
Category: SECO News
Duncan’s Digest Greener Grid – More Megawatts
SECO Energy’s mission statement and purpose is “To provide exceptional service to our members, co workers and communities.” The very foundation of that mission requires developing long-range energy supply plans for the future. Looking ahead, not-for-profit utilities like SECO Energy must adapt to the changing landscape of energy production, while being prepared to deliver safe, reliable, low-cost power to current and future members.
In late September while many of us were still reeling from Hurricane Irma, SECO’s wholesale provider, Seminole Electric Cooperative, announced a five-year plan to build a new natural gas-fired generating plant at its current Seminole Generating Station (SGS) facility in Palatka. The plan includes Seminole’s intention to shutter one of its two coal-fired generating units at the SGS site and enter into agreements to purchase power from other facilities that use solar and natural gas resources.
A key element of Seminole’s new long-term plan is increasing the diversity of fuel sources in its energy portfolio and generating mix. The decision is supported by continued natural gas market stability and historically low prices. Seminole is adjusting to the market by shifting its fuel mix to increase natural gas-fired power generation. This portfolio shift allows Seminole to meet the demand for more megawatts and provide safe, reliable, affordable power to its members while investing in a greener grid.
Seminole has invested over $530 million in environmental controls at its SGS facility, making it one of the cleanest coal plants in the United States. Clean-burning coal is a reliable and affordable means to produce energy, and portions of Seminole’s coal-burning generating plant will remain in use. When the presidency changes hands every four or eight years, the nation faces the possibility of new, costly regulations and policy changes aimed directly at reducing America’s dependency on coal. Additional policies and regulations usher in new expenses that risk increased energy rates and higher bills for members. Reducing coal use, however, reduces carbon emissions.
Similar to a financial portfolio with its mix of stocks and funds, Seminole’s expansion of fuel sources minimizes future risk and offers stability to its member-owners, including SECO. As your local not-for-profit electric cooperative with an expanding member base, we must embrace forward thinking ways to meet demand. Under Seminole’s new long-term plan, SECO can ensure an adequate supply of quality, reliable, affordable power is available to meet the current and future needs of our growing area.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Trump taps Montana congressman
Ryan Zinke as interior secretary
December 13, 2016
Whitefish Company of Montana
Rebuild Puerto Rico Power Grid?
What is so
The Secretary of the Department of the Interior
Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke!
brokered $300 million contract
with island’s electric utility?
BY TRISTAN SCOTT / OCT 21, 2017
Where did this company get the capital to do this job?
Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary
December 13, 2016
Why did Trump appoint Zinka
even before he was elected?
As a member of Congress, Zinke
supported the use of ground troops in the Middle East
to combat ISIL
the Affordable Care Act,
the transfer of federal lands to individual states. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Zinke
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Can we care for our neighbors in (Puerto Rico)?
I mean besides
as we would
on the main land!
How about the USS Hope for starters?
How about a cargo ship for starters?
How about a small aircraft carrier for starters?
How about the Power Company Trucks
Tree Trimmers on cargo ships for starters?
How about a helicopter
from ship to land for starters?
How about a baby Huey airplane for starters?
If the airport is not able to handle heavy traffic yet,
Land at the Cuba Airport
helicopter to Puerto Rico
How about ‘Power Trucks on cargo ships with helicoptered transporting to land?
Friday, September 22, 2017
Energy Companies earn $$ Billions $$ per year!
Energy companies are responsible for all equipment
from the outside of your building
all the way to their home office
their stock holders!
You are responsible for equipment inside of your building.
At least this is the way it has worked until lately.
Today we find out that energy companies
now get to force their customers to pay
to repair and replace their equipment
plus interest from any loans????
Duke Energy earns ($$ BILLIONS $$ of their customers dollars)