REC Provides Good Value
by Helping Members Manage
When members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) need information
on how to conserve energy, they turn to the energy experts at their Cooperative.
As part of its continuous support to members and their communities, REC offers
conveniently located energy efficiency events at local stores throughout its service area.
On April 30, REC held its most recent “Ask the Energy Expert” event at G&G Ace
Hardware in Milford, Va.
REC’s own energy advisor, Rich Mialki, was on hand that day offering easy energy
efficiency tips and information on the top three areas of the home where energy
efficiency can be improved. Mialki said, “To improve energy efficiency members should
concentrate on sealing the air leaks and adding insulation, especially their attic and crawl
space, then consider upgrading their heating and cooling system.”
To show members just how easy it is to make energy efficiency improvements
to these areas of the home, Mialki offered information to
members visiting the hardware
store that day. He explained
to members the benefits of
having an airtight house, how
proper system sizing and duct
leakage affect energy usage and
comfort, and how to convert
to a conditioned crawl space.
Cooperative member, James
Jones of Milford, said, “I’m trying
to save money where I can, and
have been looking for ways to
save on my electric bill. I’ve been
working hard to improve the
efficiency of my home, and the
information shared at this event
was really helpful. I appreciate
the Cooperative working to help
REC offers energy efficiency
days throughout the year at different
locations. Be on the lookout for
an event near you and stop by to
learn how you can make small
improvements that will help you
save on your electric bill. ●
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!
August 13, 2011
Liberty High School
6300 Independence Ave.
Bealeton, Virginia 22712
Energy experts at REC help
members understand how to
manage their electric usage by
implementing simple energy
In honor of Independence Day,
our offices will be closed on
Monday, July 4. If you experience
an outage or power emergency
during this time, our dispatch
department is always available
24 hours a day to take your call.
recently announced the individuals who have filled
REC three vice president positions. These additions to the
executive team bring extensive utility and leadership experience
to the Cooperative. In welcoming the new executives, President
and CEO Kent D. Farmer said, “These three gentlemen, with
their collective expertise and knowledge, are ready to make
significant contributions to the Cooperative’s success and meet
the challenges of the future.” All three vice presidents began
serving in their new roles on March 1.
David F. Koogler is now the vice
president of customer services. At REC,
he will be responsible for the strategic
management initiatives of the customer
services, public relations and marketing
departments. Koogler brings more than
30 years of operational, customer service,
and regulatory experience to REC. Prior
to joining REC, Koogler worked more
than 30 years for Dominion Virginia
Power, where he was most recently a
senior manager in their state regulatory
and customer service areas. Koogler
and his wife reside in Montpelier.
Craig B. Lewis, recently REC’s
manager of administrative services/
controller, is now the vice president
of corporate services. In his new REC
role, Lewis will be responsible for the
strategic direction of the Cooperative’s
corporate services, which include
the administrative service areas of
accounting and finance and
procurement and facilities. Lewis
and his wife reside in the town
of Bowling Green.
Timothy C. Martin, vice president
of engineering and operations, will be
responsible for engineering and district
operations. While working at Carroll
Electric Membership Corporation
in Georgia, Martin held progressive
management positions, including
chief operating officer. Martin and
his wife, along with their children,
live in the Fredericksburg area.
With HomeGuard ®
calls surge suppressors
like the HomeGuard®
system a sensible form of
insurance. That’s because
extreme power bursts are
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tough on today’s sensitive electronic equipment such as your
DVD player, stereo, TV and computer. HomeGuard offers a
unique two-stage system that protects your electronic equipment
from transient surges both at the meter and at the outlet. Like
any insurance policy, you need to know the terms of coverage.
There are two different types of disturbances that require
two different technologies for protection. An “overvoltage” is
defined as an increase in the AC voltage, at the power frequency,
for durations greater than a few seconds. Your home’s circuit
breaker or fuse protects against that type of disturbance.
REC’s HomeGuard system is effective against the other
power disturbance known as a “transient”— a very brief but
extreme burst of extra energy. It can occur on AC power lines,
signal, and telephone or data lines. A transient can also be
referred to as a “transient spike” or a “transient surge.” Transients
are a natural result of any electrical activity. They are generated
every time wires, motors or electrical elements are energized
Should a transient surge damage any of your properly
connected equipment, HomeGuard offers a repair-or-replace
warranty. To ensure that your appliances and electronics are
covered by the warranty, make certain that all of your devices
and the HomeGuard system are installed correctly and you
have filed your equipment registration with REC. The diagram,
above, illustrates how to install a surge protector properly.
Please note that HomeGuard protects against transient
voltages only. The HomeGuard surge protection system cannot
protect against sustained overvoltage situations. For more
information on HomeGuard or any of REC’s products and
services, visit www.myrec.coop and click on the Services tab
or contact us at 800-851-3275. ●
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Prepare for Summer Storms
Before They Strike
s the summer storm season gets
A closer, now is the time to prepare.
According to the Virginia Department
of Emergency Management, Virginia
averages 35 to 45 thunderstorm days
per year. Thunderstorms can occur any
time, but are most common in the late
afternoon and evening during the summer
months. About 5 percent of these
thunderstorms become severe and can
produce tornadoes, large hail, damaging
wind and heavy rains that cause flash
Be alert to the signs of changing
weather, such as darkening skies, a sudden
wind shift or drop in temperature. A
warning device such as an NOAA weather
radio could be very helpful. Staying alert
can mean the difference between life and
death when a thunderstorm approaches.
You can take comfort in knowing that
REC has a well-maintained distribution
system designed to handle all the energy
needs of its members. REC also has a
proven plan for storm-related outages.
In the event of outages associated with a
major storm, REC will provide updates
to the local media and on our website.
By using back-up power when available
or by checking in from your worksite or
another location, you can quickly check
the status of outages through our online
outage center at www.myrec.coop. This
resource provides a map with estimated
restoration time and cause, as well as an
Outage Summary page that lists outage
numbers by county.
Members can also use our interactive
voice response phone system that provides
an automated reporting process that
will make note of your call and inform
REC’s dispatchers of the problem. You also
have the option of speaking to an REC
representative and are encouraged to do so
if you have specific information about the
cause of the outage, such as a tree on the
line or the location of a broken pole.
Follow these tips to prepare for summer storms:
• Have at least one telephone that does not depend on electricity to operate.
Most cordless phones will not work without electricity.
• Gather emergency materials: matches, candles, first-aid kit, flashlights,
battery-powered radio, batteries, clock/watch and other items that you
may need during an emergency.
• Set aside water: Five gallons per person will prepare each person for five
days without power. Fill your bathtub with water for use in the toilet and
• Stock up on easily prepared food and related items: bread, crackers,
cereal, canned foods, disposable plates and utensils, baby food and
formula, and an alternative cooking source such as a grill. Rotate your
emergency supplies every six months to keep them fresh.
• Organize identification materials: Social Security card, passport, photo ID,
driver’s license, bank account information and insurance policies.
• Fill your car’s gas tank: You never know where you may need to go.
• Remember to stay away from downed power lines: Do not drive over
downed lines, and if a downed line is in or near water, keep your distance
from the water, even a puddle. And whether a power line is down or not,
do not touch anything that might come in contact with it, like a tree limb. ●
Operation Round Up ®
Hits a ‘Grand Slam’
With the Caroline Little League
(Left to right) Dan W. Wallace, C.A.R.E. Charity Inc. board chairman; Lisa Dutton, Caroline
Little League president; Josephine E. White, C.A.R.E. Charity Inc. board member
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Operation Round Up® (ORU), a
voluntary, member-funded program
at REC, is pleased to announce that the
Caroline County Little League was the
recipient of its largest donation to date
in the amount of $10,000. The ORU
governing board, The Community Awareness
of Rappahannock Electric Charity Inc.
(C.A.R.E. Charity Inc.), recently reviewed
numerous applications and awarded funding
to several nonprofit organizations. The Little
League was awarded funding for bleachers
and replacement light bulbs, which will
benefit not only the Caroline County
community, but also the visiting teams
and groups using the fields.
Lisa Dutton, Caroline Little League
president, said, “This is a wonderful gift that
the league really needs. We are so grateful
to receive this award and know that it will
benefit so many in our community who
utilize our fields.”
Caroline County Little League received
their donation during opening day ceremonies on April 9. C.A.R.E.
Charity Inc. board chairman Dan W. Wallace (who represents
Spotsylvania and Stafford) and board member Josephine E. White
(who represents the town of Bowling Green and the counties of
Caroline, Essex, King and Queen, and King William) presented the
check to Lisa Dutton.
White said, “This donation will provide the facilities needed to
accommodate the youth who are in dire need of productive activities
during their spare time. I would like to thank all the volunteers who
are lending their time and talents to help enhance the development
of our youth into productive citizens for the future and encourage
REC member-owners to volunteer to have their electric bills rounded
up through Operation Round Up.”
REC members who have voluntarily enrolled in ORU donate
individually on average a total of $6 per year, and all donations
are tax deductible. While less than a dollar a month may not sound
like much, it offers significant support for groups like the Caroline
Little League, school programs, philanthropic groups, non-profit
organizations, rescue squads, fire departments and other deserving
causes within REC’s service area.
If you are an REC member, consider enrolling in the ORU
program. The extra change from your electric bill will be dedicated
to charitable causes. Enroll online by visiting REC’s website or
call 800-552-3904 for more information. ●
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
REC Linemen Win Nine Awards
at Statewide Rodeo
ith family, friends and co-workers surrounding the utility poles 40 feet below,
Wlinemen from REC demonstrated their safety skills with a top-of-the-line
performance at the 9th Annual Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of
Electric Cooperatives’ (VMDAEC) Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo and Terex
Equipment Operator’s Rodeo on April 8 and 9. At the end of the day, after 23
linemen from REC competed at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va., against
journeyman teams and apprentice linemen from 13 different electric utilities in
four states, REC went home with nine awards, including the Jimmy Gardner
award for best Overall VMDAEC Cooperative team.
Eddie Cullop, director of operations and construction for REC’s Culpeper
district, said, “We couldn’t be more proud of our linemen and their performance
during the rodeo on Friday and Saturday. The awards that they received are well
deserved and represent just how skilled they are at the work they do day in and day
out to keep the lights on for our members.”
Chris McGowan, Reagan Cruey and Art Baum (from REC’s Culpeper district)
received the Jimmy Gardner award for best Overall VMDAEC Cooperative team at
the Lineman’s Rodeo on April 9 and placed third overall among journeyman teams.
The Jimmy Gardner award was
established in honor of the late Jimmy
Gardner, who, when the VMDAEC
Gaff-n-Go Rodeo began, was one of the
oldest living linemen in America. The
Association believes that Jimmy epitomized
the ideals of a lineman, and this award is given in
his honor to the VMDAEC cooperative that achieves
Art Baum and
Willy Williams from
REC’s Blue Ridge
district competes in
the rodeo competition.
the highest overall score in the rodeo.
Apprentice lineman Chap Morris, also from the
Culpeper district, received the award for Fastest Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation (CPR) with the Automated External
Defibrillator (AED), as well as second place for the Fastest Extendo
Stick Operation. Thomas Bailey, from REC’s Bowling Green
district, came in second place for the Fastest CPR with the AED.
On April 8 an REC team consisting of Bradley Sylvia, Chris Farmer
and Thomas Bailey (from REC’s Bowling Green district) participated
in the Terex Equipment Operator’s Rodeo. Two Digger Derrick obstacle
competitions were held, and Chris Farmer and Thomas Bailey received
awards for the Fastest Digger Derrick Obstacle in both events. Bradley
Sylvia, Chris Farmer and Thomas Bailey received the third-place award for the Fastest
Bucket Truck Rescue.
Maxie Rozell, REC’s director of safety and security, said, “The rodeo is designed
to promote education and safe working practices. It highlights the special qualities
needed to be a lineman – discipline, good training, teamwork,
and confidence. All events are
timed, but performing the tasks
with the fewest safety infractions
is most important. We take
pride in the outstanding skills
and abilities of our linemen
and in the outstanding job they
did during the rodeo.” ●
Daniel Dewey from REC’s
Bowling Green office assists
his teammates during the
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Protect Children and Pets
from Electrical Hazards
Each year accidents around the home result in millions of injuries to the most
vulnerable members of your family — young children and pets. For example,
approximately 1,300 children receive emergency room treatment annually for
injuries caused by inserting objects into electrical receptacles, according to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
These and other injuries can be avoided with a few precautions:
• Install tamper-resistant outlets (TROs) that protect against small children
inserting foreign objects into them. Simple plastic caps typically used can
be easily removed by some children.
• Keep electrical cords tied up or out of sight.
• When they are not being used, unplug appliances like hair dryers
or coffee makers.
• Keep appliances out of children’s bathrooms.
• Teach children not to touch appliances when they have wet hands
and to keep appliances away from water.
• Teach children other basic safety tips such as staying away from outlets
and not touching electrical cords.
Some of the same tips apply to pets:
• Keep electrical cords away from cats and puppies who love to chew on them.
• Make sure nightlights and appliances are fully plugged in. Partially exposed
prongs can be a temptation to curious critters.
• Keep halogen lamps away from pet play areas. If knocked over, they could
start a fire.
• Keep appliances in bathrooms away from water. Playful pets can knock
radios or curling irons into water, creating a dangerous situation.
• Discourage cats and dogs from curling up for naps behind electrical
equipment such as computers. ●
Chief Executive Officer:
Kent D. Farmer
Board of Directors:
Richard C. Oliver
Darlene H. Carpenter
Linda R. Gray
William E. Lane
William M. Alphin
Thomas T. Grady
A. Nash Johnston
Frank B. Boxley, Jr.
William C. Frazier
Michael W. Lindsay
Christopher G. Shipe
Local Pages Editor – Ann M. Lewis
Staff Writer – Casey M. Hollins, CCC
P.O. Box 7388
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
540.898.8500 / 800.552.3904