Elkhorn Rural Public Power District News

Plant Seeds of Safety this Spring

PlanterFarm equipment keeps getting larger and larger, making it even more imperative to be aware of the high-voltage power lines overhead. Take a look around on the routes you will take between fields, through your farmstead, down public roads, to avoid the power lines. If someone else transports equipment for you, always provide a safe route and explain why it must be taken.

sprayersafety2011If equipment does get hung up on a power line, DO NOT get off the machine unless there is a fire or other immediate danger. If you touch the ground and the equipment at the same time, you can become a deadly channel for electricity. If you must get off the equipment, jump clear of the vehicle and, keeping your feet close together, hop away. Call Elkhorn Rural Public Power District at 1-800-675-2185 to report the problem. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DO NOT touch any machine connected to a power line and keep others away until our employees have the line disconnected.

For more farm safety information, follow this link: http://www.safeelectricity.org/component/content/article/152

We value you as a customer and we want to keep you safe. Please call our office at 1-800-675-2185, if you have any questions about electrical safety.

Step into the light. Make the switch to LED lamps and receive a $5 per bulb incentive for residential services. Click here to download an incentive application form.

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In recent years, LEDs have taken the lighting industry by storm. Simply put, an LED is a chip of semiconducting material that releases energy in the form of light. LEDs are used just like ordinary bulbs. However, not all LED products are created equal. They may vary in quality, energy use, and life span. Be sure to do your research before purchasing, and look for the ENERGY STAR label.

More about LEDs:

  • They last up to 35 times longer than incandescent lights and 4 or more times as long as fluorescents.
  • They produce more light per watt than incandescent bulbs.
  • They light up instantly and many are dimmable.
  • They waste little energy because most of the light may be directed where it is needed.
  • They do not contain mercury.
  • They generate almost no heat, which can help reduce air conditioning costs.

With so many choices of lighting available today, it is easier to compare “lumens” which is an actual measure of brightness, with the amount of energy (Watts) consumed.

Check the labels. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) worked with manufacturers to develop a new label for all residential lamp packaging. It includes brightness (in Lumens), estimated operating cost, life expectancy, color of light (warm, cool), and energy used.

Beginning in 2014, you can receive $5 per LED bulb incentive for residential services. Download the Residential LED incentives application and guidelines form here.

If you have any questions on the 2014 energy efficiency program incentives, please call our Energy Services Representative, Mark Gronau, at (800) 675-2185.

“Elkhorn Rural Public Power District is dedicated to providing SAFERELIABLE,COST-EFFECTIVE electricity for ALL customers.”