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Manager's Message: Electricity - A Value Or Bargain?

Even in today’s shifting energy climate, electricity remains a good value.

Did you know that an average day’s worth of electricity for a family home costs less than $5? We don’t often question the cost of a fast food meal, which may be more than that day’s electric power. And yet, we frequently become upset if our electric bill is higher than usual, even if it’s due to our own usage habits.

Manager's Message: Taking Electricity For Granted

Most of us don’t remember life before electricity, and the many conveniences it makes possible. We don’t remember lighting candles or lanterns to extend the day beyond sunrise to sunset. We don’t remember hours of back-breaking labor to pump water, wash clothes, or do farm chores to feed the family.

Did you know there are 1.2 billion people around the world who still live without the benefits of electric power? But we’re doing something about it, one village at a time.

Manager's Message: What Makes Us Different? You Do

We recently completed the 2015 membership meetings, in which we delivered supper and a co-op update on the road to each of our seven districts. It was gratifying to see such a great turnout overall!

Since HomeWorks is owned and controlled by you and your neighbors - the people who receive electric service from the cooperative - these meetings are one of the ways you help guide and control HomeWorks. If you didn’t make it to your meeting this year, we hope you’ll mark your calendar for next May and join us then.

Board Authorizes Capital Credit Retirement Totaling $2,416,000

As a cooperative, we are operated on a not-for-profit basis. After all expenses are paid for the year, any money left over is allocated back to you as capital credits, in proportion to the amount of energy you used. Those allocations become member equity, or your share of ownership in the cooperative. The money is used to operate and build your cooperative, and then returned to you through a refund at a later date.

Manager's Message: Co-op Membership Highlighted in May

In May, several cooperative principles are highlighted at HomeWorks Tri-County Electric.

To start with, your board of directors authorized a $2.4 million capital credit refund, and nearly every active member will receive a bill credit or check with your share of this refund. Read more about capital credits, and why they’re important to cooperative owners, at http://bit.ly/1HQ8heb.(Co-op principle #3 - members’ economic participation)

Mark your calendars: district member meetings set for May 11-20

Our 2015 district membership meeting dates have been set:

May 11 - District 5          Fulton Elementary Gym

May 12 - District 1          St. Mary’s Church, Charlotte

May 13 - District 7          St. Michael’s School, Remus

May 14 - District 3          Eagle Park Hall (election)

May 18 - District 4          Vestaburg Middle School

Manager's Message: Survey Tells Us How We Measure Up

Last fall, an independent company surveyed 300 HomeWorks Tri-County Electric members to help us learn more about your expectations, and how we’re doing at meeting them.

Our first report, in last month’s issue of Country Lines, covered the top “satisfaction drivers,” such as courteous and knowledgeable employees, quality customer service, and reliable electric service, all of which scored 90% or higher.

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