In Indiana, a land where annual obsessions called March Madness and Hoosier Hysteria thankfully bring us nothing but net, it comes as no surprise that Electric Consumer readers’ pick for favorite Famous Hoosier would be a king of the basketball court. Larry Bird, the “Hick from French Lick,” who rose from humble beginnings to college… Continue reading.
Indiana’s electric cooperatives put boots on the ground — and into the clouds — to bring electricity to a remote and mountainous village in Guatemala in March. “Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow” electrified a part of the Central American country where no electricity was available as part of an international initiative…. Continue reading.
During the summer, the best way to cool down your beverage is to put a few pieces of ice in it. Soon, an even bigger chunk of ice could be responsible for cooling down your home as well! Sound weird? Well, many commercial buildings are already using ice-based technology to do just that. Ice-chilling your… Continue reading.
May not only is Electrical Safety Month, it’s also National Bike Month. When you’re out cycling on rural roads and suburban streets, don’t let the sun go down on you unless you’re sure you can see the road and others can see you. Here are tips from national outdoor specialty retailer REI, the nation’s largest… Continue reading.
Naomi Schroeder paints with words. Though just a fourth grader, she loves combining her illustrations with her writing in picture books she’s been creating since she was a tot. And at the intersection of words and pictures, she’s discovered the fun within figures of speech. She used one well-worn phrase to turn out a whimsical… Continue reading.
It rained cats and dogs on the 20th annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest. And because of that, a kennel of critters will rule the 2018 cooperative wall calendar! From kindergartners through high school seniors, students depicted furry friends of the feline and canine kind. Winning entries in first, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth… Continue reading.
By Holly Huffman One thing’s for certain if your power goes out: you’ll be playing the “blame game.” What caused the outage? Storms or high winds are the usual suspects. Others might blame those cute little squirrels or other furry friends that seem to make their way atop power poles. Storms, wind and little critters… Continue reading.
Trees add beauty and value to your family’s home. They attract songbirds to your yard and can help save energy by shading your home in summer. Trees use some of the excess carbon dioxide we create. But if you plan to join in Arbor Day celebrations and plant a tree this spring, here are some… Continue reading.
Play gets back into full swing at Major League ball diamonds this month. And it won’t be long before the pop of balls into leather gloves, and cracks or clangs of batted balls are heard on those fields of summer all around Indiana, too. Electric Consumer has been featuring the national pastime over the years… Continue reading.
It all comes down to the water. Be it the biological essentials or the biblical allusions, something in our blood or in our souls draws us to it. All living things require it. And all that we put on the land, and even the land itself, eventually washes to it. That’s the lesson seventh graders… Continue reading.
Mary Jo Thomas, CEO at Whitewater Valley REMC in east central Indiana, first heard of an accounting job opening at the cooperative when a colleague listed her as a reference. That candidate ultimately turned down the job offer, and Thomas called the REMC to apply. “The rest is history and a blessing,” Thomas said. “We… Continue reading.
In recognition of Women’s History Month, we asked you to share stories of the women who have inspired you. Linda Austin shared the following message: “This is what a radical feminist looks like” proclaimed the bumper sticker on the white Honda Civic that Eleanore “Ellie” Schafer was still driving at 96. At 5-foot-2 with cropped… Continue reading.
Spring’s renewal traditionally means cleaning time, too: sweeping out the winter dirt from the garage, washing the windows, scrubbing the floors … While you’re spiffing up the house, don’t neglect your appliances: Dust the refrigerator. Refrigerators exchange heat through a system of coils. A buildup of dust and pet hair will make the unit run… Continue reading.