Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

Your friends at Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative want you to have a happy—and safe—holiday season. Here are some easy ways to ensure you deck your halls free from fires, falls and fears. When putting up outdoor lights, fasten them securely to trees, your house, walls, or another firm support. You want them to remain secure when it’s windy outside. But do not staple them or use nails that can damage…

US EIA Projects Higher Energy Costs this Winter

Consumers can expect to pay more to heat their homes this winter compared to last year due to surging fuel costs and slightly colder temperatures, according to the Energy Information Administration. In its 2022 Winter Fuels Outlook, EIA predicts the largest increase over last winter—28%—for homes that heat with natural gas, with average household expenditures at $931. Those costs are expected to average $1,359 (10% more than last winter) for households…

Hunting Safety – Know Your Surroundings

Hunting season brings outdoorspeople of all skill levels and experience into rural Kentucky, often to unfamiliar areas. While most hunters follow safe hunting practices, Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative (JPEC) wants to remind all those afield to be mindful of their surroundings and to be aware of electric power lines in the air and electrical equipment on the ground. Electrical equipment damaged by gunshot is costly to the utility and to…

Preventing Electrical Fires

Electricity is an essential part of our everyday lives. Because of this, it can be easy to let our guard down when it comes to our safety around it. Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative encourages you to take steps to keep your family safe and prevent electrical fires. The Red Cross estimates that after a fire has started, you have just two minutes to escape your home. In order to exit…

Think Safety When Operating a Generator

A generator can be a valuable piece of equipment to keep appliances working during a power outage. Generators can be either temporary or permanently installed. A permanent generator is wired into a house by a qualified electrician using a transfer switch that prevents a generator from feeding electricity back into overhead lines, which can be deadly for linemen. A temporary generator is powered by gasoline and should not be attached…

811 – Call Before You Dig

August 11th is 811 day.  Did you know that every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone dug without first calling 811? Call 811 before you dig to make sure you know what’s below. Even if you think you could get lucky or that digging one small hole (or two) won’t matter, don’t take for granted what lines might lurk beneath the soil in your yard or easement.…

High electric bills are result of years of unsound energy policies

by Robert Berry, President and CEO of Big Rivers Electric Corporation and Tony Campbell, President and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative In recent months, electric utility customers across the U.S. have received a shock as they opened their monthly electric power bills. The high costs they are experiencing are largely the result of years of unsound government energy policies, which have cut options to fuel reliable energy. U.S. electricity…

Electrical Receptacle Safety

Electrical Receptacle Safety   Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative (JPEC) reminds consumers-members about the three types of electrical receptacles designed with safety in mind. The three types of receptacles are tamper-resistant receptacles, ground fault circuit interrupters, and arc fault circuit interrupters. Receptacles pose dangers to children and adults alike. A curious child may insert a paper clip, coin, or key into an outlet’s openings. Accidents or carelessness with plugged-in appliances around…

2022 Annual Meeting Summary

The annual meeting of consumer-members took place from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Tuesday, June 28th, where 447 consumer-members registered using our drive-thru registration – a 31.5% increase in participation from 2021. Following registration, the cooperative held its virtual business meeting. During the business meeting, JPEC Board Chairman, Erick Harris, opened the meeting by briefly commenting on a successful drive-thru registration and proceeded to open the business meeting. President and CEO, Greg…

Drive-thru registration coming up!

We’re getting ready to see you! Drive-thru registration for annual meeting When: Tuesday, June 28 from 9-2:00 PM Where: JPEC headquarters 6525 US HWY 60 W What to bring: Photo ID Stop by and see us for your free bucket, bulb and gift! We hope to see you there.