Winter Energy Saving Tips

Jan. 3, 2022 -- When temperatures drop near zero and stay low for several days, it takes a lot of energy to keep our homes warm and comfortable.

It also highlights the importance of an energy-efficient home and good energy saving habits.

Every situation is different, but there are a few things anyone can do to help manage their energy usage.

Let’s start with the heating unit. About 40 percent of your annual electrical usage goes to heat and cool your home, so it’s a big target.

  • First, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends you set your thermostat at 68 degrees or less. You may feel chilly, but every degree can be costly. Wear warm clothing and keep blankets and throws handy.
  • Change your filter! You should be changing your air return filter at least every three months – dirty filters make your unit work harder.
  • Make sure your heater vents and air return vent are not covered or blocked. Good air flow is important.
    Now let’s look at your home.
  • Indoors, the goal is to seal as many air leaks as possible. Make sure your doors and windows are closed tightly. If you can feel cold air leaking in around the frames, consider caulking or using expandable foam to fill the cracks. Adding weather stripping to your doors will help, too. You can find videos on You Tube that will show you how. If caulking isn’t an option, consider covering your windows with clear vinyl, available at any home improvement store. Roll up a towel and place it along the threshold of your outside doors to keep cold air out.
  • Next, walk around the outside of your home and make sure your foundation vents are closed. Check the door that goes into the crawlspace too. If you have gaps or holes in your foundation, cover them as best you can with plywood or metal until you can have them repaired.
  • Are your air ducts in the attic or under the house? Find out and take a look at them. If you see cracks or holes, you are losing lots of warm air. Seal those leaks with duct tape until you can have a professional make repairs. Leaky ducts can easily add 10-20 percent to your heating and cooling costs.  

WWKRECC members urged to be aware of potential scams

Mayfield, Ky., Nov. 15, 2021 – West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation is proud to recognize Utility Scams Awareness Day on November 17. This year’s campaign – ‘End the Call. End the Scam.’ – focuses on utility impostor scam calls and the advanced tactics that are being used to target our members. Since the pandemic began, the number of scams has escalated, and scammers have increased their efforts to take advantage of co-op members and other utility customers and the financial challenges that many have faced.

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WKRECC to hold Member Appreciation Days in October

Sept. 13, 2021 – West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation members are invited to attend one of four Member Appreciation Days to be held in October as part of National Co-op Month. All four events will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

October 7 – Creason Community Center, Benton
October 13 – Chestnut Park, Murray
October 19 – WKRECC Community Room, Mayfield
October 27 – Old Milburn School, Milburn

Co-op employees will serve free barbecue sandwiches, chips, cookies, and drinks. There will also be door prizes, giveaways, and the chance for members to learn more about their electric cooperative. The events will be held rain or shine. Everyone is encouraged to stop by for food and fun.

Pumpkins in the Park

Saturday, Oct. 16
Noon – 4 p.m.
WK&T Technology Park, U.S. Hwy 45 N Mayfield

 

 

 

Schedule of Events

  • 12 Noon Gates Open
  • 1 p.m. WKRECC High-Voltage Safety Demo
  • 1:30 p.m. Halloween Hunt (ages 2-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years)
  • 3:00 p.m. Costume Contest
  • 4:00 p.m. Gates Close

Ongoing Activities

  • Food Service 12:30 – 3:30
  • Bingo Games every 15 minutes
  • Sack Races Every 20 minutes
  • Candy Bar Walks Every 20 minutes

Continuous

  • Booths for snacks, games and demonstrations
  • Touch A Truck
  • TVA Inflatables
  • Animal Shelter Microchip Clinic and Adoption Drive
  • Pumpkin Decorating
  • Temporary Tattoos

New Lobby Restrictions Announced

Mayfield, Ky., August 16, 2021 – Starting Wednesday, August 18, West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation is setting new restrictions for public access to its business offices:

  • The lobby at the Murray business office will be closed. Service will continue at the drive-thru from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Members dropping off payments who don’t need a receipt for their payment may use the night drop at any time.
  • The lobby at the Benton business office will be restricted to one person at a time. The door will be locked. Members who wish to enter should knock and wait for the door to be unlocked. Members dropping off payments who don’t need a receipt for their payment may use the night drop at any time.
  • The Mayfield business office will remain open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to use the drive-thru whenever possible.

“Our first priority is to protect the safety and health of our members and our employees,” said WKRECC President & CEO David Smart. “We believe these actions are necessary and will help ensure we can continue providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity for our members.”

Members have access to secure payment options online at www.wkrecc.com and may use the payment kiosks at these locations:

  • In the outer lobby at the Mayfield office
  • Inside Pockets Convenient Store at 1102 Octane Drive in Murray
  • In the 5-Star at 1772 Mayfield Highway in Benton

Members with questions or concerns may call 1-877-495-7322 or use the “Contact” button at wkrecc.com to request a call-back.