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June 9, 2022

Storm Safety: Protecting Your Business

Sudden storms can endanger your staff, damage your building and interrupt operations. While safety is your first order of business, you also want to minimize building damage and get back in business quickly. To protect your employees and your business, it’s important to keep ahead of the storm and develop an emergency action plan. Storm preparedness These steps should help keep your staff and building safe from harm in the event of a storm: Create an emergency action plan that includes evacuation procedures, contact information for local first responders and emergency contact information for all employees. Put together an emergency...

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June 8, 2022

Your Business: The Hidden Costs of Summer

You’ve had your air conditioning system cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional. Now you’re ready for a summer of lower energy bills, right? Well, some summer energy costs are easier to spot than others. Take a look around your facility. You’ll likely spot some “hidden” sources of energy waste that are putting the heat on your operating budget. Unadjusted thermostat Maintaining comfortable temperatures on hot summer days is critical to maintaining a productive business environment. Maintaining those same comfort levels after hours, however, is a waste of energy. Raising thermostat temperature settings after hours is one the most cost...

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May 10, 2022

Helpful Hints in Selecting Windows

E.E. Cummings once said, “the earth laughs in flowers.” Now is the perfect time to gaze out your windows to see the great outdoors and all its wonders. When selecting windows for a home there are a few things you need to pay attention to in order to increase your energy efficiency.  Windows are less resistant to heat flow compared to the walls, ceiling, and floors in your home meaning they will allow more outward heat flow in the winter and more inward heat flow in the summer.  Even though windows typically comprise a small surface area of a home,...

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May 3, 2022

Tips to Help You Save on Your New HVAC

One of the most dreaded phrases when it comes to home repair is, “you need a new heating and cooling system.” If you’re like most people, we push our systems to the very end hoping to make it one more season. Inevitably, that phrase seems to come at the most unwanted time: a holiday, when relatives are in town, or during some other special event. But when emergencies happen, you don’t always have the time to think through the process. Here’s where a little advanced planning can go a long way. When looking at a new system, energy efficiency is...

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March 11, 2022

Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save Energy?

Every year, we move the clock forward an hour in spring and back again to standard time in the autumn. How is changing the clock supposed to save energy? The idea behind Daylight Saving Time (DST) is to provide us with an extra hour of daylight in the evening, giving us the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. When we spend more time outdoors, we tend to use less energy for lighting, watching television or operating appliances. That all sounds good, but does it really work? What research says about Daylight Saving Time Although DST has been in use for...

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January 7, 2022

Broadband in Pioneer’s Service Area FAQ

Message from our President and CEO Pioneer believes the extension of broadband service into underserved areas of our service territory would enhance the opportunities and quality of life for our members. To best protect and serve our members, we are encouraging deployment of broadband to underserved areas through offering access to our poles for new attachments. We are offering this at a lower-cost, temporary incentive rate to financially assist cable, phone, and other companies who may provide this service to our members. This temporary incentive rate would not result in an electric rate increase to our members. This offer is...

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January 3, 2022

Would You Rather: Space Heater or Outdoor Pizza Oven?

That winter weather is finally here, and the Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees or cooler in the winter months. When the temperature drops, we can be tempted to use additional plug loads to help warm our fingers and toes. Plug loads are electrical devices or appliances that draw power through an electrical outlet. Common examples include cell phones, microwaves, televisions, laptops, and video game consoles. And yes, the space heater. If you run a space heater eight hours a day, 30 days a month, for four months, you are looking at an annual operating cost...

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March 13, 2020

Pioneer Electric Sets Plan to Help Protect Members, Employees Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Pioneer Electric Cooperative has been proactively planning for the current COVID-19 situation. The following plans have been put in place effective Tuesday, March 17, for the protection of our members and employees and to help do our part, as requested by Governor Mike DeWine and local and national public health officials, to prevent the spread of the virus. The inside lobbies and drive-thrus of the Piqua and Urbana facilities will be closed. The Piqua kiosk and the Piqua and Urbana drop boxes will remain available for payments. Pioneer’s Annual Meeting on March 28 has been postponed. Non-essential face-to-face meetings and...

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