Power For Your Life

Power For Your Life

This podcast provides information for you about how to stay safe around electricity, save energy and money, learn about new energy technologies and the value of your cooperative membership. Find us on Facebook and Instagram.Even though your electric cooperative is locally owned and committed to your local community, we are part of something bigger too. We are a network of 51 distribution cooperatives in Missouri, southern Iowa and northeastern Oklahoma, serving 910,000 member homes, farms and businesses. We receive power generation through six regional generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives and one collective G&T, Associated Electric Cooperative.

Episodes

February 28, 2022 22 min

Nick Seiner, from Southwest Electric Cooperative, helps us answer why your electric bill likely goes up in the winter. There are a few season specific factors that drive up energy costs, plus we discuss a few household tips that could also be affecting your bill.

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Whether at home or on vacation, boating, fishing and swimming can be fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. And safety precautions like life jackets are a given for millions of families who take to the water. But there is an unseen danger that lake-goers everywhere should be aware of. It’s called electric shock drowning, or ESD. Electric Shock Drowning occurs when a person drowns after being electrocuted while swimming in water that...

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March 29, 2021 33 min
Does spring give you the urge to plant or build? If your spring DIY project involves digging, be sure to call 8-1-1 first to submit a request to have underground utilities marked. It’s free, and it’s easy. Listen to Derek Leffert from Missouri One Call and Dan Ulhorn from Macon Electric Cooperative discuss how members can stay safe and avoid legal issues by calling 8-1-1 before they dig.
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February 26, 2021 12 min
As farmers return to fields for planting, stay alert to the dangers of working near overhead power lines. Be cautious and think twice before acting when around electric lines. If you work on a farm or know someone who does, listen to expert guest, Melanie Oetting, Manager of Administrative Services at Consolidated Electric Cooperative to learn more about how to stay safe during spring planting.
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January 31, 2021 29 min
Did you know… adding insulation to your home can be one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce your energy costs! Listen to expert guest Kris Williams, Director of Energy Services at Ozarks Electric Cooperative, discuss the advantages of insulation, different types, which is the best to use, R-values and more so you can learn how to save energy and money with insulation.Here are some links from the podcast to help yo...
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January 5, 2021 24 min
Space heaters may help us stay warm during the cold winter months, but do you know how much it is costing you? Just one space heater can add almost $100 per month on your electric bill. Learn more by listening to Aaron Epstein, Member Services Representative from Intercounty Electric Cooperative, discuss how to stay warm while saving money and staying safe.Season 2 Episode 1
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December 7, 2020 16 min
Avoid overloading outlets when decorating this holiday season. Check your outlets now to ensure there are no fire hazards. Listen to Genifer Cape, community relations representative at Crawford Electric Cooperative, as she discusses how you can stay safe while decorating with our new podcast host, Mark Viguet, senior manager of corporate communications at Associated Electric.
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November 18, 2020 20 min
Your power supplier believes we have a responsibility to protect the environment; not only as a corporate citizen, but also as personal citizens. Our employees live in the community too; and take the responsibility to ensure our natural resources are protected seriously. Brent Ross, managing director, environmental, health & safety for Associated Electric Cooperative in Springfield, Mo. discusses how balancing reliable and affo...
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October 13, 2020 23 min
Your power supplier’s goal is to match the needs of member-consumers to the most affordable generation resource. The ability to choose among different ways to generate power enables us to manage costs. Roger Clark, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Associated Electric Cooperative in Springfield, Mo. discusses how Associated’s generating assets keep your energy costs affordable.Season 1 Episode 17
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September 29, 2020 39 min
Have you ever heard of a business giving money back to you when they have excess revenue? Electric co-ops do that! The money paid to you is called capital credits, or dividends, and is just one of the many benefits of being an electric cooperative member. Hear from our expert guest, Kevin Hurd, of Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, as he discusses how co-ops provide this and many other benefits to members.Season 1 Episode 16
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September 15, 2020 11 min
For most things in life, balance is healthy. The same is true for the power generation mix that delivers electricity to homes, farms and businesses. At Associated Electric Cooperative, balance is a key part of reliability. Ken Wilmot, senior vice president and chief operations officer for Associated Electric Cooperative in Springfield, MO talks about the reliability of Associated’s generating assets.Season 1 Episode 15
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August 31, 2020 47 min
Youth are the foundation for the future of our country. There are about 56 million students in our schools. Of those, around three to three and a half million graduate from high school each year. Electric cooperatives have a commitment to the communities we serve and there is a strong desire to help educate our young people about co-ops. Stacy Howeth, director of member services for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives...
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August 8, 2020 19 min
Associated Electric Cooperative generates wholesale electricity to six regional and 51 local electric cooperatives in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve more than 910,000 members. In this episode, Mark Viguet, senior manager of corporate communications at Associated Electric shares what it means to have a balanced generation mix for members.Season 1 Episode 13
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July 30, 2020 33 min
Fast, reliable Internet service is more essential today than it was a few short years ago. However, many Americans - one in three - do not enjoy high speed Internet. And most of those are in rural areas. Loyd Rice from SEMO Electric Cooperative/GoSEMO Fiber discusses the importance of delivering this essential service to rural southeast Missouri.Season 1 Episode 12
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July 2, 2020 31 min
Now that summer is officially here, your electric cooperative urges you to stay safe while working on home improvement projects, traveling or working on your job site. Learn summer safety tips from Greg Hambrick, safety and loss control instructor at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. Plus, discover how the wet bulb globe temperature impacts stress on the body in the summer heat from Sid Sperry.Season 1 Episode 11
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Have you heard of advanced, or smart, thermostats? Do you wonder if you could save money with one? Listen to our expert guest, Tom Hulse, from Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, discuss benefits, energy-saving potential, purchase tips and more. Season 1, Episode 10
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May 1, 2020 36 min
Just because we are isolated, does not mean we are in isolation. Reach out for help if you are feeling down or depressed during this stressful time. Learn more as you listen to guest speaker Kevin Schriver, PsyD. discuss this month's important topic of mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. We are bringing you this unique and different topic from those we typically discuss, because we want our members to know we are her...
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Trees provide the very necessities of life itself. They clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities and feed the human soul. But these life necessities are threatened around the globe.In this episode, Nancy Gibler, vice president of business development for Central Electric Power Cooperative in Jefferson City, Mo. shares the importance of planting the right trees in right location, away from power lines.Se...
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March 30, 2020 20 min
"My electric bill is too high this month! Why?" The most common question homeowners ask today concerns the price of their electric bill. Listen to expert guest Travis Mathes talk about the value of electricity versus the cost of other products we consume, plus ways members can lower their bill. Season 1, Episode 7
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January 31, 2020 12 min
Electric cooperatives provide best in class service. Listen to expert guest Anne Harvey from Touchstone Energy Cooperatives share how electric co-ops are different and why it matters to you. www.TouchstoneEnergy.coopSeason 1 Episode 5
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