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Cooperative Returns

$2.5 Million to


embers of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

M are receiving approximately $2.5 million in

the form of capital credits, which will appear as a

credit on their November electric bills. Capital credits

are a member’s share of the margins and are assigned

to an account in each member’s name. Once the

Board of Directors makes the determination that

the Cooperative is in stable and adequate financial

condition to meet operating costs, they can authorize

a retirement if it is in the best interest of REC.

“Unlike investor-owned utilities that pay out dividends

to shareholders, REC returns member-furnished capital, or

monies collected in excess of operating costs, to our memberowners

in the form of capital credits,” said President and

CEO Kent D. Farmer. “We work hard to operate efficiently

in order to pass savings on to our members.”



Our offices will be closed:

Nov. 25 and Nov. 26

Dec. 24 and Dec. 31

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.


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Each member is assigned capital credits based on the usage

of electricity purchased during the year. This invested amount

represents the value of a member’s ownership in the Cooperative.

Members who were eligible for 2009 capital credits will see

“Capital Credit – General” on their November billing statement

identifying the amount of their general retirement. “The

Cooperative is excited to be able to give our members a return

on their investment in REC and remind them of the benefits

of being a cooperative member,” said Farmer.

REC has returned over $60 million in capital credits to

members. Unlike other electric utilities, the Cooperative exists

to make sure members’ needs are always met, not to make a

profit. For more information on capital credits, log on to or stop by one of our offices. •


Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Thousands Donated

to Local Community


Over 2,300 REC members participate in Operation Round

Up® (ORU). With an average annual tax-deductible

donation of $6, these members demonstrate that a little change

from each member can make a big difference. Thanks to this

generosity, over $14,000 was donated back into our communities

in September.

“It’s the little things that count in life,” said Rhonda F.

Curtis, manager of customer services and public relations,

“such as being kind to your neighbors, returning a lost wallet

and helping to preserve our environment. While each action

might not amount to much on its own, if everyone does a little,

we see a big impact in our communities. That’s our goal

with ORU.”

REC members who voluntarily enroll in the ORU program

allow us to round their bills to the next highest dollar. For

example, a bill amount of $65.48 would be rounded up by

52 cents for a total due of $66. The additional 52 cents would

be their ORU donation for that month.

“Though a donation of less than a dollar may not sound

like much, this small change given on a regular basis can amount

to big support for our local communities and is an easy way to

show you care,” said Curtis. A tax-deductible statement is mailed

to every participating member in January. An annual donation

would never be greater than $12. Enroll online by visiting

REC’s website, or call 800-552-3904 for more information. •

Funding was awarded by the ORU Board

in September to the following non-profit


• Order of the Eastern Star, Spurmont

Chapter No. 64, Frederick County

• Boy Scout Troop 791, Spotsylvania County

• Branches of Hope, King William County

• Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad,

Rappahannock County

• Mission 2 Virginia, Hanover County

• Bumpass Volunteer Fire Department, Louisa County

• Rappahannock Non Profit Center, Rappahannock County

• Help with Housing, Clarke County


the Cost

of a CFL

Beginning in September, members received a way to brighten

their day and make the impact on their wallet lighter. Through

a partnership with GE ® and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative,

REC members received a CFL coupon in their electric bill for a savings

of $2.50 good through Nov. 30.

What can one compact fluorescent light bulb do? What difference

can you make by switching out just one light bulb? If every home in

the country replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR ® CFL,

it would save enough energy to light more than three million homes

for a year. CFLs give off as much light as ordinary bulbs, but they use

much less energy and last up to 10 times longer.

According to ENERGY STAR, lighting represents about 20 percent

of your home’s electricity bill. Switching from an incandescent bulb to

ENERGY STAR-qualified CFLs is the easiest step you can take to save on

your energy bill and help protect the environment. Start today by using

your CFL coupon.

November-December 2010 19

Use Your Co-op Connections ®

It fits in your wallet. It slides on your key chain. Wherever

you go, remember to take your Co-op Connections card

with you.

As a member of REC, you have access to national and

local discounts through the Co-op Connections program.

Not only can you save at local retail stores, but a variety of

discounts are offered on anything from prescription

medications to family vacations.

Through the Co-op Connections program REC is

helping members save big! Since the card launched in 2008,

members have filled over 33,346 prescriptions for over

$535,000 in savings.

Visit the REC website,, and click the

Co-op Connections card on the homepage. Follow the links

to shop for discounts at local and national businesses. Look

for the Co-op Connections stickers in windows or on doors

of local businesses when you shop. REC encourages you to

support businesses that are participating in the program and

take advantage of their discounts. Carry your Co-op

Connections card when you shop because the card only

works when you use it. •

With the holidays just around the corner, take advantage

of discounts available at the following local businesses: >


7 Tigers Taekwondo & Hapkido

Burnley Vineyards

Casual Deck and Patio

Close to my Heart Scrapbooking

& Stamping

Corbins Fencing

Hancy’s Market

Performance Signs, LLC.

Planet Earth Diversified

The Body Shop Day Spa


ABC Musical Kids

Accurate Consulting Services

Accurate Development Services

Avon Cosmetics

Bud’s Towing / Bud’s Automotive

Services Inc.

Caring Hands Wellness Center

Caroline Chiropractics

Caroline Library

CDS Tractor Trailer Training

Century 21 Classic Real Estate

DP Plumbing

Drainfield Solutions, Inc.

Evan’s Heating & Air

EXIT Powerhouse Realty

Fox Insurance Agency Inc.

Grapes of Taste

Heal Me Yoga

Home Interiors & Gifts

Homestead Hardware

Kettermans ServiCenter

Ladysmith Heating & A/C, Inc.

Michael Angelo's Hair Studio

Miss Alyson’s Countryside Children’s

Daycare Center

Mt. Olympus Berry Farm

Pawtastic Pet Supplies & Home Delivery

Southern Living at Home

STA Title & Escrow, Inc.

True Blue Farm Alpacas

USANA Health Sciences

V. B. Gordon Construction

Virginia HomeLoan, LC

Card to Save


Bache’s Lawn & Garden

Brown Tractor Sales, Inc.

Culpeper Motor Corp.

Haymarket Cleaners

Honey Baked Ham & Cafe

K&M Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.

Meadowbrook Assisted Living

Pepper’s Grill

Your Electrician, Inc.


Home Automated Living


American Powerwashing

El Mercadito211 Mini Mart

Flying Circus Airshow

Plant-A-Plant Company

The Shoe Center


A Amazing Windows & More

Aikido in Fredericksburg

Allegra Print & Imaging

American Floor Service, Inc.

Fast-Teks On-Site Computer Services

Fredericksburg Auto Salvage

Fredericksburg Festival of the Arts

Fredericksburg Guidebook

Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel

& Conference Center

Hair Mosaics

Handy Andy Services

Honey Baked Ham & Cafe

Howell-Franklin Construction

Kellam’s Plumbing & Heating

Keystone Auto Spa

Liberty Mutual Insurance - Morgan Applegate

Mocha Mo’s Morning Express

Parcel Plus

Paul’s Young @ Heart

Perfect To A Tea

Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant

Redbeard’s Oddjobs Gutter Cleaning

and Power Washing

Rosner Toyota & Scion of Fredericksburg

Rugs Direct

STA Title & Escrow, Inc.

Offers are also available at

national businesses such as:

Advance Auto Parts

Barnes &


Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

If you are a business owner and would like to see your name on this list,

please visit our website for details.

The Madison Salon & Color Studio

The Title Professionals, Inc.


Virginia Inspection Service, LLC

Weekenders Fashions


American Roof Brite


C.E.R. Auto Service

Creative Memories

J. B. Dunn Motor Company

Kings Dominion Theme & Water Park

New York Life Insurance Co.

Southern Living at Home


Queenfield Golf Club


Cuckoo Self Storage

Main Street Plumbing &

Electrical Supply Co.

Stony Mountain Nursery

Total Body Fitness by Tammy, LLC


Anytime Fitness-Ruckersville

D & H Concrete Designs

G & R Construction

Just Boots

Locust Grove Trains Inc.

Midway Barber Shop

Not The Same Old Grind

Shaklee Wellness Essentials

STA Title & Escrow, Inc.

Wallace Enterprises


Baker’s Appliance Sales, Inc.

Parrish Services


BTX Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.


Cityspace Solar


ALL NATURAL Cleaning Services

Angela’s Italian Restaurant

Avon Products

B&B Janitorial

Battlefield Electric

Central Payment Corporation (CPC)

Century 21 AdVenture Inc.

Cook’s Tank Cleaning, Inc.


Hands 4 Healing Massage Therapy

Hickory Ridge Landscaping

Home Instead Senior Care

Ken/Mar Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Lake Anna Security

Ledo Pizza & Pasta

Lee Hill Auto Service, Inc.

Linen World

Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting

Midas Auto Service

Organization Direct

Paisanos Italian Eatery

Pest Solutions, Inc.

R&R Home Improvements of Virginia, Inc.

Rappahannock Security Services, Inc.


Spotsylvania Siding

STA Title & Escrow, Inc.

Sweet Hannah’s Fudge Shoppe

Tastefully Simple

Tri-State Plumbing & Heating


Vantel Pearls in the Oyster

Wings To Go


Bizcocho Cake Studio

Equity Commerce

Honey Baked Ham & Cafe

Just For Dogs Clothing

Long & Foster Real Estate

My Artistic Treasures

Rev. David Atkinson, Wedding Minister

STA Title & Escrow, Inc.

YMCA Rappahannock Area


Blake & Co. Hair Spa

Sparky’s Electric

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Look for the Co-op Connections stickers

in windows or on doors of local businesses

when you shop.


Energy Federated Incorporated

(Online Store)


Great Wolf Lodge (Indoor Water Park)

Lands' End Omaha Steaks Sprint Vacations Direct Wyndham Hotels ®

November-December 2010 21

Employees Volunteer for

United Way Day

of Caring

At your electric Cooperative, we put community first. Giving

back to the community is an important part of REC’s core

values and one that employees support daily. Between August and

October, REC employees volunteered for the annual Day of Caring

conducted by the United Ways in the Northern Shenandoah Valley,

Rappahannock and Piedmont regions, completing a variety of

community-improvement projects.

Volunteers spent their day painting and cleaning offices, doing

yard work, landscaping and building. The Northern Shenandoah

Valley, Rappahannock and Piedmont United Way offices host Day

of Caring events annually, but they also need volunteers year-round.

For more information on United Way and opportunities for

volunteering, you may visit their websites or call them directly:

Gary Mauck, an employee in REC’s

Fredericksburg office, paints the interior

of a building for the Rappahannock

United Way.

Ricky Apel, an employee

from REC’s Culpeper office,

completes a landscaping project

with a team of volunteers for

the Piedmont United Way

Day of Caring. | 540.536.1610 | 540.373.0041 | 540.825.7615

Rachel Swann from Fredericksburg

completes a landscape project for

the Rappahannock United Way.

Employees from the Cooperative’s new Blue Ridge district

complete improvement projects for an organization during

the Northern Shenandoah Valley United Way Day of Caring.


Rappahannock Electric Cooperative

Be Safe While

Heating Your Home

As the weather turns colder, many people use alternative

heating sources to supplement their furnace. However,

these alternatives may create hazards if not used properly.

According to the Virginia Department of Fire Programs, heating

made up 16 percent of residential structure fire causes in 2009.

In addition, more fires occurred during cold months than in

warmer months. Before you begin using an alternative heating

source, follow the safety tips below. Your safety is important, and

REC wants to make sure that you are safe and warm this winter.

The Home Safety Council shares these tips to help you and

your family prevent fire and burn-related injuries during the

cold winter months.

Portable Space


• Purchase electric space heaters that bear the mark of an

independent testing laboratory, such as UL, ETL, CSA, etc.

• Place space heaters at least three feet away from anything

that can burn – including furniture, people, pets and

window treatments.

• Turn off space heaters before leaving a room or going

to sleep.

• Supervise children and pets at all times when a portable

space heater is in use.

• Use kerosene heaters only where permitted by law. Use the

recommended-grade kerosene and never use an alternative

fuel. Kerosene heaters must be fueled outside.

• Never use space heaters to dry clothing or blankets.

• Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home

and inside or near sleeping areas.

• Keep young children away from working wood stoves and

heaters to avoid contact-burn injuries.

Power Outage

Precautions: Lighting

Sources and

Perishable Food

• Stock up on batteries, flashlights, portable radios, canned

foods, manual can openers, bottled water and blankets.

• Use flashlights instead of candles to avoid a possible

fire hazard.

• Run water at a trickle to help prevent pipes from freezing

and bursting if outside temperatures are below freezing for

an extended period of time and your home has no heat.

• Store perishable food outside in the snow or in an unheated

outside building if the power goes out.

Fireplaces and

Wood Stoves

• Burn only seasoned hardwood – not trash or cardboard

boxes because these items burn unevenly, may contain toxins

and increase the risk of uncontrolled fires.

• Have a professional chimney sweep inspect chimneys

annually for cracks, blockages and leaks, and have them

cleaned and repaired as needed.

• Keep people, pets and flammable objects, including kindling,

bedding and clothing, at least three feet away from fireplaces

and wood stoves.

• Open flues before fireplaces are used.

• Use sturdy screens or doors to keep embers inside fireplaces.

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Poisoning Precautions

• Carbon monoxide is commonly known as “the silent killer.”

Because it is colorless, odorless and tasteless, none of your

senses can detect it.

• CO is a potentially deadly gas that is produced by fuelburning

heating equipment, such as furnaces, wood stoves,

fireplaces and kerosene heaters.

• Install at least one CO alarm near sleeping areas.

November-December 2010 23







Crime in Virginia Nov.- Dec. 2009;

Virginia State Police

Keep your home safe and secure.

















Most insurance

companies offer discounts


homes and businesses with monitored systems.



Call today!

Subsidiary of:

Not available in all areas.


Rappahannock Electric Cooperative





Does a TV use energy

when it’s turned off?

You bought an ENERGY STAR ® -qualified TV to save energy but there’s

even more you can do to boost your TV’s efficiency.

TVs are bigger than they used to be and some of the largest ones can use

as much electricity each year as a new, conventional refrigerator. But ENERGY

STAR-qualified TVs use roughly 40 percent less energy than standard TVs.

So when your ENERGY STAR TV is turned on, you know it’s using

energy efficiently. But if the TV is on when no one is watching it, that costs

money. Unfortunately, although you turn the TV off, it still uses some energy.

Here are two tips to stop that power drain. Many high-definition TVs

have a quick-start option. By turning off that option, you’ll save energy and

add only a few seconds to start-up time. Use a power strip as a central “turn

off” point. When you’re not watching your TV, simply flip the strip’s “off”

button. If you have set a timer to record a TV program, you’ll need to keep

the recorder plugged in and drawing power.

For other tips on how to implement changes that will save energy and

money, visit REC’s website at •

President &

Chief Executive Officer:

Kent D. Farmer

Board of Directors:


Richard C. Oliver

Region VII

Vice Chair

Darlene H. Carpenter

Region III


Linda R. Gray

Region VIII


William E. Lane

Region IX

William M. Alphin

Region I

Thomas T. Grady

Region II

A. Nash Johnston

Region IV

Frank B. Boxley, Jr.

Region V

William C. Frazier

Region VI

Wickham B. Coleman


Rappahannock Currents:

Local Pages Editor – Ann M. Lewis

Staff Writer – Casey M. Hollins

Contact Information:

P.O. Box 7388

Fredericksburg, VA 22404

540.898.8500 / 800.552.3904

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