Mark Your Calendar
Annual Meeting Is October 5, 2018
Governor Jim Hogg City Park  Quitman, Texas
Entertainment @ 12:30 p.m.  Business Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.
The employees, staff and directors of WCEC are looking forward to seeing our members at the Annual Meeting. Prior to the meeting, the public is invited to attend a concert by the fun and entertaining Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band.  
Please be on the look out for the Texas Co-op Power magazine that will be mailed to every member.  The dust cover will serve as the mailed ballots for the election of directors for WCEC Districts 1, 4. On the ballot, are incumbents, Pat Lindley , President and Board Member, District 1, and Brent Glenn, Board Member, District 4.
Detach and mail your postage paid ballot to arrive by the deadline of noon on October 4. Members that do will be entered into a drawing and ten of those will be randomly selected to receive a $100 credit toward their electricity bill.
Bring the other half of the card with you to the Annual Meeting. This card will be used for participation in door prize drawings. As always, there will be many special prizes donated by our generous vendors, and the grand prize of a flat screen TV. We hope to see you at the Annual Meeting!!!
Teaching Youngsters the Important
Lesson of Energy Efficiency
Electronic and mobile devices, TVs, computers and gaming stations have become fixtures in our homes, particularly those with children. Consumer electronics coupled with the proliferation of smart home appliances, technology and electric vehicles have slowly but steadily changed our homes and lifestyles.

This ever-connected world is the modern environment in which children are growing up. And with lifestyles increasingly reliant on technology and in turn, electricity, teaching youngsters to save energy is an important life lesson.
The Why
But before parents can teach their children how to save energy, they must first answer the question, "what's in it for me?" As most parents can attest, convincing kids to care about energy efficiency is a hard sell. Parents need to explain why it's important to save energy and how it benefits the child - otherwise they will not understand the need to change their habits and will be less motivated to do so. In the simplest terms, less money spent on an electric bill can mean more money used for fun activities. That's something children can relate to!

Learning by Doing
Because "saving energy" is an abstract concept for children, be specific about energy efficiency actions. We know that children learn by observing. When you turn off the lights when leaving a room or unplug the phone charger once the device is fully charged, they'll notice. Learning about energy efficiency doesn't have to be a boring lecture. Make it fun for greater impact.
Children of all ages can learn a few simple energy-saving habits that can last a lifetime:
  • Turn off lights, devices, computers and video consoles when not in use.
  • If your children are old enough to run the dishwasher or wash their own clothes, teach them to run these appliances only with a full load and during off-peak energy hours.
Any beyond turning off electronics and appliances teach them other ways to save such as opening blinds and curtains during winter days to let warm sunlight in and close them during summer days to keep your home cooler. That's just one, but you can have fun together seeking and learning about ways to save.

Safety Tips 

Please be aware that affixing signage or anything to power poles, is strictly prohibited and unlawful for several very good reasons. 
  • WCEC line crews climb utility poles at all hours of the day and night in the worst of conditions.  Anything attached to utility poles creates serious hazard for our line personnel. Sharp objects like nails, tacks, staples, or barbed wire can cut and injure employees or cause them to fall.  These can also puncture rubber gloves and other safety equipment, making linemen vulnerable to electrocution.
  • Not inconsequently, the work it takes to remove the hazards is costly and time consuming and must be paid for by our members.  And, the removal process can slow power restoration times during outages.
  • Unauthorized pole attachments violate the National Electric Safety Code.

 For more safety tips visit our Safety & Consmer Tips
Energy Efficiency Tips 

Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you're done cooking or bathing. While these fans help to removes the excess heat and humidity from a room leaving them on for longer than necessary will aid in removing air that has been cooled.  Also, when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models. 


For more energy efficiency tips visit our Energy Savings Center.