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October is National Co-op Month

In honor of National Co-op Month, we are sharing a few facts about electric cooperatives.

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.

By raising awareness and understanding of basic cybersecurity practices, we can all work together to combat cyberthreats.

Friday, Oct. 6 is Co-Op Connections Day

Are you using your co-op ‘connections’?

Blue Grass Energy Receives International Award For Economic Development

Blue Grass Energy, along with other Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, has earned an international award for using innovative technology to bring jobs and investment to Kentucky.

The cooperatives were awarded the Excellence In Economic Development Award for New Media at the International Economic Development Council’s annual conference in Toronto.

This award recognizes that Blue Grass Energy and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are pioneers in using technology to drive economic development.

Flag-waving crowd packs Blue Grass Airport and welcomes veterans home from Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

Darrell Waterfill of Harrodsburg and Ben Kurtz of Lexington met 65 other Kentucky veterans at Blue Grass Airport early on the morning of September 16, all participating in a one-day Honor Flight.

The veterans participated in a one-day tour of war memorials in the nation’s capital. This was the seventh Honor Flight sponsored by Blue Grass Energy and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. The mission was coordinated by Winchester-based Honor Flight Kentucky.

Blue Grass Energy and Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to sponsor an Honor Flight for World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans

Ben Kurtz of Lexington, Ky., and Darrell Waterfill of Harrodsburg, Ky., are among the 68 war veterans who will travel from Lexington to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Sept. 16, as part of this year’s Honor Flight. Both Kurtz and Waterfill will travel with the other Kentucky veterans for a one-day tour of war memorials in the nation’s capital.

Kurtz a 84-year-old Korean veteran, and Waterfill, a 71 year-old Vietnam veteran, will represent Blue Grass Energy, which is sponsoring the all-expenses paid trip. The mission is being coordinated by Winchester-based Honor Flight Kentucky.

Blue Grass Energy sends crews to Georgia to help restore power after Hurricane Irma

This morning, Blue Grass Energy sent an additional nine men with heavy-duty equipment to join the 42 other contractors from the cooperative to assist in repairing utility damage in the wake of Hurricane Irma. In total there are 51 workers from Blue Grass Energy, including tree trimming and contracted construction personnel.

The crews will be working for Central Georgia Electric Membership Cooperative, an electric cooperative serving over 54,000 members in 14 north-central Georgia counties.

Look at your laundry habits to save energy

There are two ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes—use less water and use cooler water. Unless you're dealing with oily stains, the warm or cold water setting on your machine will generally do a good job of cleaning your clothes. Switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load's energy use in half.

The U.S. Department of Energy offers these tips to help you save even more:

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Dust dollars off your energy bill by regularly changing air filters

The most expensive dirt in the world may lurk in your home’s heating and cooling system. If neglected, dust collecting the equipment’s air filter could increase your energy bills hundreds of dollars every year and result in costly repair or replacement costs.

Dirty filters cause a system to work harder and break down faster. That’s because unfiltered dust and grime work into critical parts, creating friction that causes unnecessary wear and, eventually, failure.

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