Ask Congress to P ass the RURAL Act  
Nearly all electric co-ops are tax-exempt. However, because of recent tax law changes, government grants are now considered income rather than a contribution to capital. These grants assist co-ops with rural development, and restoration of the electric system after major storms. To preserve a co-op's tax-exempt status, it must receive no less than 85 percent of income from members.  
If government grants count toward a co-op's non-member income, it threatens the co-op's tax-exempt status and hampers the co-op's ability to use the full value of the grant to benefit the communities they serve. Some cooperatives are being forced to either turn down these grants or use member revenue to pay federal taxes.   
Worse yet, co-ops could be forced to choose between maintaining their tax-exempt status and accepting FEMA assistance when recovering from a major storm or other disaster.
Congress must act now to protect the tax-exempt status of your co-op and to preserve the full value of federal, state or local grants that benefit our communities. Tell your Senators & Representative to Pass the RURAL Act.  

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Energy Efficiency Tips 
Time to Wrap up Energy Savings

As the seasons change, and the
scarves and jackets leave closets,  cut the chill and your bill, with these energy efficiency tips:
Adjust your thermostat
As the temperatures outside fluctuate, adjust your thermostat inside. Set it no higher than 68 degrees while you're home and be sure to lower the temperature when you go to bed or leave your house.
Wear warm clothes
Instead of turning up the heat in your house, try layering clothing and putting on socks to keep you warm. Making slight modifications in the way you dress can reduce the need to adjust the thermostat.
Open the drapes
Open the drapes and let the sun shine in. Opening the drapes during the day allows the sun's heat to come inside and provide warmth. At night, when temperatures drop, close the drapes to keep the heat from escaping.
Reverse the direction of ceiling fans
Reverse the direction of ceiling fans to a clockwise motion. Changing the direction of the fan will pull the cool air up from the ground while pushing warm air that's near the ceiling downwards. To make this change, turn the fan off and locate the direction switch near the fan's motor. Flip the switch and turn the fan on again to make sure the blades are now moving in a clockwise direction.
Seal the cracks
Doors and windows should close firmly and snugly to prevent cold air drafting in. Dirt and debris are the main culprits behind drafts, so clean the tracks and jambs. Also, check weather stripping and replace any that's worn or that you can feel air flow through. Lastly, check the seals around any pipes, wires and vents that enter the house. Using insulating foam sealant is a good way to plug gaps.
Service your heating system
Have your heating system serviced by a technician who holds a certification through the North American Technician Excellence. This ensures you'll have a knowledgeable technician with up-to-date training.
Replace furnace filters at least once every three months. Clean filters once a month during the heating season to keep the system at peak performance.
Living an energy efficient lifestyle takes a little bit of work, but it's worth the effort in savings!

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