Energy efficiency upgrades don’t always require a great deal of time and money. While many do, here are three DIY projects that are inexpensive yet can save you money throughout the year.
- Trim dryer vent – If your dryer vent hose is too long, your dryer is working harder than it has to. The vent hose should be long enough for you to pull the dryer out a couple feet from the wall, but the shape of the hose should form a line – it should not have a lot of slack, with twists and curves. A shorter, unobstructed vent hose increases the efficiency of your dryer, dries clothing faster and reduces lint buildup, which can create potential fire hazards.
- Seal air leaks – Sealing air leaks in your home can help you save up to 10% on heating and cooling bills. Apply caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing to seal in conditioned air. You should also weather strip exterior doors, which can keep out drafts and help you control energy costs. Types of caulking and weather stripping materials vary, but ask your local hardware or home store for assistance if you’re unsure about the supplies you need. The Department of Energy provides step-by-step instructions for caulking and weather stripping: https://bit.ly/2Kesu6W
- Insulate Attic Stairs Opening – A properly insulated attic is one of the best ways to optimize energy savings and comfort in your home, but many homeowners don’t consider insulating the attic stairs, or the opening to your attic space. Even a well-insulated attic can leak air through the stair opening, but luckily, there’s an easy fix. An insulated cover box can seal and insulate the opening. You can build your own cover box or purchase a pre-built box or kit from a local home store. If you decide to build your own, check out these step-by-step instructions from the Department of Energy: https://bit.ly/36YNCYQ
Saving energy doesn’t have to be hard. With a little time and effort, you can maximize energy savings and increase the comfort of your home.
High school juniors who live in an Amicalola EMC household are eligible to apply for the Washington Youth Tour, which includes a chance to win college scholarships. The tour (June 18-25, 2020) is an all-expense paid opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with other students from across Georgia. Apply online at www.amicalolaemc.com , My Community, Youth Tour. The deadline is January 31, 2020.
High winds and rain blew across the Amicalola EMC service area all throughout the night, and winds continue today. Down from a peak of aprox. 3,200 members without power, we currently have 1,447 members out, in 33 separate areas. Members in areas of Cherokee, Dawson, Gilmer, Lumpkin and Pickens counties are currently out, with the majority in Pickens County. Our crews have worked all night and continue to work now to restore all power. There are cases where power has been restored, only to have the winds and tree limbs cause additional outages in the same area. Our broken pole count is currently at five, but may rise as restoration work continues. We ask for your patience as we work to restore all power as soon as is safely possible. If you are currently out of power, and have not already reported it, you may call one of these numbers: 706-253-0359, 706-276-0359 OR 706-864-0359. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed power line is energized! Call 911 first to report to local authorities, then call one of the above outage numbers. Do not go near the downed line – Stay clear to stay safe!
Governor Brian Kemp has declared November 6th as Georgia’s Fall Severe Weather Preparedness Day. To help Georgians prepare for severe weather, GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia campaign offers resources and information residents can use to be informed about potential threats, develop a communications plan and create an emergency supply kit. For more information, please visit https://gema.georgia.gov/
We will be distributing $50,000 to the hard working teachers in our service area this month! 78 winning projects at 29 schools in five counties will be funded. Congratulations to all our winners! A complete list will be published once all winning teachers have been notified.
Please join us on Saturday, October 5, 2019 for the 78th annual meeting of the membership. Registration begins at 11:30 am, entertainment by Glorybound is from 12:30 pm to 1:25 pm, and the business session will be called to order at 1:30 pm. Hope to see you there!
Our Eastern District office, located in Lumpkin County, has relocated. The physical address for the new facility is 150 Highway 52 West, and is located at the intersection of Highway 52 and Highway 9 in Dahlonega.
At Amicalola EMC, members are more than just consumers, they own the company. As a member-owner of a not-for-profit electric cooperative, members are assigned any monies collected in excess of operating costs. When financial conditions permit, the board authorizes a refund of these monies.
This year, the board will allocate a $1.9 million refund for members who had electric service during the year 2001. Individual refunds are based upon the amount of electricity purchased during the specified year. If you were a member in 2001, and still have an active account, look for a credit on your September electric bill. Other refunds will be sent by check.
For more information, please contact the Member Services department at 706-253-5200 or your local Amicalola EMC office.
Amicalola EMC’s Bright Ideas teacher grant program is a competition designed to reward teachers who take the time to plan, research and put into action a creative classroom learning experience for students. Since the program began in 2010, a total of $387,664.42 has been awarded to fund 593 classroom projects. The program is offered to Georgia certified teachers at elementary, middle, high schools and private schools within the Amicalola EMC service area.
Beginning August 1 – Applications accepted
August 30 – Early bird deadline
September 6 – Final deadline to apply
Grants will be funded up to a maximum of $1000 each. Teachers who submit their application by the early-bird deadline of August 30 will be entered into a random drawing for one of several gift cards. Program details are available at www.amicalolaemc.com, My Community, Bright Ideas.
The Bright Ideas teacher grant program is part of Amicalola EMC’s ongoing commitment to education. Funding for the program is in accordance with Georgia’s unclaimed property laws O.C.G.A. §44-12-236. Amicalola EMC is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that serves more than 49,000 locations in ten north Georgia counties. Amicalola EMC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.