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Guernsey-Muskingum
Electric Cooperative, Inc.
17 S. Liberty St.
New Concord, Ohio 43762
740-826-7661 800-521-9879
www.gmenergy.com

Board of Directors
Ed Bay.....................................Chairman
Jim Rex...........................Vice Chairman
Jay Gray....................... Secy.-Treasurer
John Enos................................. Director
Brian Hill................................... Director
Duane Parks............................. Director
Shirley Stutz............................. Director
Daniel J. Gunsett..................... Counsel
Jerry Kackley... General Manager/CEO

Electric Rates

Farm and Home Service


rate schedule R-1*
Service Availability Charge

$18/month
First 500 kWh/month
@ 13.069/kWh
Over 500 kWh/month
@ 10.945/kWh

Seasonal Residential Service


annual rate schedule S-1*
Service Availability Charge

$216/year

First 800 kWh/year


@ 21.069/kWh
Over 800 to 6,000 kWh/year
@ 11.945/kWh
Over 6,000 kWh/year

@ 10.945/kWh
(Your minimum annual charge will be $216 per year
for service between March 1, 2013, and Feb. 28, 2014.)

Commercial Service
rate schedule C-1*
Service Availability Charge

$18/month
First 1,500 kWh/month
@ 13.069/kWh
Over 1,500 kWh/month
@ 10.945/kWh

*Rider T
Kilowatt-Hour Tax applies to all rate schedules
and must be added to the rates shown.
First 2,000 kWh/month .465/kWh
Next 13,000 kWh/month .419/kWh
Over 15,000 kWh/month .363/kWh

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The job jar teaches a lesson


My wife, daughters and I recently attended a function where my youngest daughter was asked to describe something funny or memorable about her sister
and parents. I found it interesting that her funny
memory related to a special game that her mom had
invented when my daughter was very young. The game
revolved around one simple concept: the job jar.
Jerry Kackley,
The job jar was a plastic jar that contained numerous
General Manager/CEO
tiny pieces of paper. On each paper there was a task
written, which included things like dust, sweep and
dump the garbage. My daughters and their cousins would each take a turn
and choose a task from the jar. Then, they would all compete to see who could
perform the task better than the others.
While some might accuse my wife of engaging in a form of childhood labor,
I recognize the brilliance of her scheme. She borrowed her idea from the famous author Mark Twain. Those of us who have read Twains writing will recall
the famous story of Tom Sawyer whitewashing a fence. Im sure you will recognize the similarities. I continue to be impressed with the creative (almost evil)
genius that my wife displayed when she created the job jar.
It was years before my daughters and nephews realized that they had been
duped. They still laugh when they reminisce about the game and the passion
with which they played it.
The story of the job jar provides each of us with a tremendous lesson: A
good attitude can make a difficult or boring task tolerable and maybe even fun.
As we approach the Christmas season, I hope each of us can reach into that job
jar and pull out tasks such as be kind to others, give unselfishly, love unconditionally, pray ofte, and be grateful. Let us then perform these tasks with
the unbridled energy of a child at play, and we will find peace. May God bless
you and your family. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperatives
board of directors and employees wish all
members a merry Christmas.

Office closed:
Christmas Eve and Day:
Wednesday, Dec. 24Thursday, Dec. 25
New Years Day:
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Emergency service always is available
by calling 740-826-7661 or 800-521-9879.

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How renters can fight the winter chill


Do you want to save on your electric bill but think
that renting your home means its out of reach? Not all
energy efficiency improvements involve alterations to the
property. Consider using these low-cost, energy-efficient
tips from Guernsey-Muskingum Electric Cooperative to
improve the efficiency of your home this winter.

Hot savings
Heating the home typically makes up about 48 percent of your utility bill. Set your thermostat as low as is
comfortable in the winter Energy.gov recommends
68 degrees Fahrenheit to boost energy efficiency.
During the winter months, take advantage of heat
from sunlight. Open draperies and shades during the day
to allow natural light to heat your home. Remember to
close them in the evenings as the temperature drops and
windowpanes become chilly.
Does your home have window air-conditioning units?
Insulate the units from the outside with a tight-fitting
cover, available at your local home improvement center
or hardware store. This keeps heated air from escaping
outside. If permitted, remove the unit during winter
months.
Another way to save is to make sure your water heater
is set at the lowest comfortable setting. Have you experienced scalding hot water when taking a shower? If so, its
likely that your water heater temperature is set too high.
Older models of hot water tanks are often not insulated,
which can be easily remedied by covering them with an
insulating jacket, also found at your local hardware store.

Bright ideas
Lighting is one of the easiest
places to start saving energy,
and savings are not strictly
limited to winter months. Try
replacing a few of your most
frequently used lightbulbs with
ENERGY STAR-qualified
lights, and save more than $65
a year in energy costs. ENERGY
STAR-qualified compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) use
Ray Crock,
75 percent less energy and last
Energy Advisor
much longer than incandescent
light bulbs. LED lightbulbs save
even more and last even longer. Practicing energy-efficient habits is another great way to reduce energy use:
Always turn off your lights when leaving a room.

Other ways to save


Leasing an older home or apartment? Odds are you
have single-pane windows and old or missing caulk.
Apply caulk around window frames, sashes and door
panels to keep cold air from coming in. Also, be mindful
when using electronics at home. Unplug devices when
not in use, and use smart power strips to save on energy
use.
To learn more ways to be energy efficient around the
home, visit Energy.gov.

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Why is my power out? GMEC answers


Your cooperative would like to have an
answer immediately after the lights go out, but
unless the outage is planned, we have no idea.
That is, until linemen arrive, determine the
fault, repair the problem and turn your line
back on. Generally, after the lights are on, we
become far less concerned about why.
Guernsey-Muskingum likes to keep members aware of what causes outages. Occasionally, we will print a summary of outage
causes. Articles in Country Living magazine
are written about six weeks before they arrive
in members mailboxes, so although the information may seem dated, there are no two
months alike. Summer storms and winter ice
have their own differences. In the summer,
we see more outages caused by lightning and
high winds toppling trees. In the winter, heavy
snow or ice make the boughs bend over onto
the wires.
At right is a summary of outages from August 2014.

Cause
of outage

Number
of outages

Planned maintenance
8
Equipment failure
11
Fallen trees 14
Lightning 21
Animal/bird 12
Public-cut tree
1
Switching maintenance
1
Public-other 1
Unknown 14
Total 83

Is your name and location/


account number here?
If it is, call your cooperatives office and receive a FREE home changeout to compact fluorescent lightbulbs. (Limit 12 bulbs.) Thanks for
reading the GMEC local pages of Country Living magazine.

#16-0456-18-00................................. Richard McClain


#30-0127-07-00................................... Julie M Uphold
#37-0482-03-00.....................................Terry LePage
#43-0704-11-00.............................. James M Horvath
#51-0737-12-03....................................William Wycoff
#53-0001-01-05....................................... Lorie A Love
#66-0046-2-02........................................Carole Y Ray
#95-0024-03-00.................................. Theresa Crock

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High School

Seniors

Are your parents members of


Guernsey Muskingum Electric Cooperative?
You could win a college, vocational or
technical school scholarship up to
Available in both boys and girls divisions
First place (co-op name) Scholarship: $(1,000
First place Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives
Scholarship statewide: $3,400

>>>

4,400

Runners-up in each division also will


receive scholarships ($800, $500 and $400)
Applications due Feb. 6 to GMEC office

Get applications for these scholarships from your guidance counselor, call
Heather Baker at 740-826-7661 or 800-521-9879, or visitgmenergy.com!
Applications for both awards are due Feb. 6.

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Achievement Scholarship
Did you overcome unique and significant
personal challenges on your way to excellence?

Win a

$2,500
college scholarship!

$500 and $300 scholarship from GMEC


$2,000 scholarship from OhioRural Electric Cooperatives
Application deadline: Feb. 6
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