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Rita Owen Retires

After 17 years with the cooperative, you can’t fault billing specialist Rita Owen for feeling a little bittersweet about her retirement this month.

“I think I’m probably going to miss everything about this place,” she says. “It’s really become like a second home to me.”

Owen came to HomeWorks in 2001, after 15 years as a home daycare provider. At the time, she was ready for a new challenge, and the Westphalia native says she found that and more at the cooperative.

HomeWorks Connect Makes Progress

HomeWorks Connect, our fiber-to-the-home high-speed internet service, is moving along in Phase 1.

We expect to build service to our first retail customers in September; meanwhile, we’ve had crews out engineering and inspecting our power lines to make sure they’re ready for the addition of fiber optic cable when construction starts in May.

HomeWorks and EVs

by Charly Markwart

Anyone who’s ever purchased a new vehicle knows there are seemingly countless factors to consider before deciding upon the model that’s right for you. Should you go for space or fuel economy? Manual or automatic? What options should you add? And now, an added key question on the minds of many consumers is this: “Should I go electric?”

Celebrating 25 Years of Service

The Tri-County Electric People Fund is celebrating 25 years of service to mid-Michigan this year!

In that time, $2.2 million has been granted to help 629 individuals or families, and 873 organizations. That’s an average grant of $1,464.47 to help with housing or medical expenses, put books on library shelves, provide radios or protective gear to ambulance and fire services, and so much more!

Higher Bills Follow Colder Weather

This winter has been one of the coldest on record, even colder at times than 2014’s Polar Vortex. Extended cold weather mean we’re all using more energy to heat our homes, and spending more time indoors. This adds up to higher energy bills, especially since last winter was milder than normal. For instance, average temperatures were 13 degrees lower in January 2018 versus January 2017.

Additional factors that could affect your bill include:

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