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.
Willie Wiredhand (©NRECA) is the longtime friendly face and “spokesplug” of rural electric cooperatives nationwide.
Adopted in 1951 by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Willie’s last name is one of the original nicknames for rural electric cooperatives: “wiredhand” (because electricity brought to rural America by co-ops in the 1930s and 1940s was the never-tiring, always available hired hand to assist the nation’s farmers.) Willie — with his light-socket head, wire body, and electrical plug for his bottom and legs — is now considered an icon in the pantheon of corporate advertising characters.
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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.
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.
Those shiny balloons and ribbons used to celebrate Valentine’s Day and other special occasions are coated with a thin layer of metal. That makes them an excellent conductor of electricity and a potential danger to anyone holding it if the balloon, for example, is carried outside near equipment like the electrical service connection. Here are… Continue reading.
“Your Indiana electric cooperative companion” turns 65 years old this month. But “retirement” is nowhere in sight! Rather, Electric Consumer staff hopes readers are still enjoying the publication’s 2013 upgrade to a magazine after being a newsprint tabloid all of its previous years (which began in 1951 as Indiana Rural News). In the past year,… Continue reading.
Got an old fridge or freezer out in the garage or in the basement? Is it always running — but cooling only a six-pack of beer, some left over fishing bait or a few miscellaneous items you rarely use? If so, you better go catch it … and your electric meter … and your wallet…. Continue reading.
Just a touch of tarnish may be creeping into his brass-plated crown. And the roundness of his waistline is a sure indication that he’s a child of the ’50s — now into his 50s. But the twinkle in his eye, the smile on his face, the ever-present wave will never age — nor will his… Continue reading.
Furnaces are supposed to have a filter installed in the return air duct to clean the air as it is drawn in from the home and recycles back through the heat exchanger. A clean air filter is a must; don’t let it gather dust! Remember, a dirty filter: reduces the airflow through your system and lowers… Continue reading.
As sure as Charlie Brown, the Grinch and Frosty the Snowman come rolling around this time of year spreading Christmas cheer and baby boomer nostalgia, electric cooperative mascot Willie Wiredhand reminds us that the REMC “Ringing Everyone a Merry Christmas” gift records from the 1960s are on YouTube. These 45 rpm records were distributed by Indiana electric… Continue reading.