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Smart homes

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Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Energy

BY TOM TATE The concept of the smart home is not as new as you might expect. In the late 1980s, as a product manager for Honeywell, I got to see a real smart home. Honeywell’s smart home contained impressive automation capabilities. Lighting, security, fire monitoring, temperature control and appliance use were all automated to… Continue reading.

Does your teen driver know electrical safety?

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Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in Safety

Teenage drivers can’t learn about electrical road hazards from experience. They need to learn about potential dangers before ever getting behind the wheel. For an inexperienced teenaged driver, wrecking the family car is almost a rite of passage. The only way for young drivers to gain experience is by getting behind the wheel and putting… Continue reading.

A scientific solution

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Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in A Co-op Perspective, Clark County REMC, Harrison REMC, Orange County REMC, Southern Indiana Power

One of the byproducts of modern coal plant operations is a fluffy, cakelike substance called gypsum. Thicker than sand, but porous, synthetic gypsum is a much sought-after product for the wallboard, cement and agricultural industries. Gypsum is manufactured from the very substance that the scrubber system removes from coal plant exhaust gas – sulfur dioxide…. Continue reading.

Save the dates!

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Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in A Co-op Perspective, Kankakee Valley REMC, Marshall County REMC, Miami-Cass REMC, Steuben County REMC, Wabash Valley Power

New energy sources will soon greet Midwesterners turning on their morning lights. This fall, Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) will celebrate several ribbon cuttings for solar arrays constructed this year. The dedications will take place Sept. 14 in Peru, Indiana, at Miami-Cass REMC; Sept. 20 with Citizens Electric Corp. in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and Sept…. Continue reading.

Meet your board candidates

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Posted on Jul 03, 2017 in Miami-Cass REMC

The nominating committee met in the offices of Miami-Cass REMC, 3086 W. 100 N., Peru, Indiana, on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 11 a.m. for the purpose of selecting nominees for the board of directors to be voted upon at the annual meeting of the membership on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Members of the nominating… Continue reading.

In the swim

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Posted on Jul 01, 2017 in Product Picks

By Jane Cannon Just in Case If you must have your mobile in or out of the pool, consider the Lifeproof Nuud + Alpha Glass Bundle. Waterproof cell casing protects front and back, and custom glass shields the screen. $140. 888-533-0735; lifeproof.com Water Wheels You won’t win a race by pedaling the Aquatic Bike in… Continue reading.

In the market?

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Posted on Jul 01, 2017 in Energy

When looking for a new car, most folks at least glance at the estimated fuel efficiency on the window sticker. Finding out the estimated energy costs for a new home is also important, but those numbers may be trickier to find. The type of energy — electricity and propane or gas — used in the… Continue reading.

Good to the Bone!

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Posted on Jul 01, 2017 in Indiana Eats

Hidden away in the rolling hills on the fringe of the Hoosier National Forest is a little gem, Marcy’s Leopold Restaurant & Bar. A trip to Marcy’s feels like a throwback to a bygone era. In fact, it’s next door to a true “general store.” Perry County residents claim this local eatery and watering hole… Continue reading.

Life-saving lessons

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Posted on Jun 26, 2017 in Safety

Building independence is a key part of every child’s development. Since parents won’t always be there to tell their children what’s safe and what’s not, helping them learn how to make safe decisions for themselves, especially when it comes to electrical safety, is vital. Summertime — before the kids go back to school — is… Continue reading.

Figuring your bill

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Posted on Jun 22, 2017 in Kankakee Valley REMC

If you would like to figure your electric bill (to compare to the one Kankakee Valley REMC sends you), here’s how: Track the kilowatt-hours you used on your meter for the month (or use the amount shown on your bill — they should be about the same). Multiply your kWh by the energy charges rate… Continue reading.

New one in the sun

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Posted on Jun 21, 2017 in A Co-op Perspective, Kankakee Valley REMC, Marshall County REMC, Miami-Cass REMC, Steuben County REMC, Wabash Valley Power

A dawning sun soon will be the newest way to energize more of the Midwest. Wabash Valley Power (WVPA) is installing three solar arrays, which are a series of solar panels linked together to create electricity from sunlight, at member co-op locations in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. The new arrays will join three existing arrays… Continue reading.