Manager's Report - August 2016
Butler REC Beats the Heat this Summer
How can I make my home more energy efficient?
We are often asked this question, and while there are many answers, members need to assess and incorporate options that work best in their home. In July, Butler REC hosted an Energy Efficiency Meeting for our membership featuring Kansas State University energy expert David Carter.
Carter is a self-described “energy geek” who has tracked his personal residential energy use for the last 10 years. Like many of you, he has a family of four, two dogs, seven televisions and owns a 3,700-square foot home. Carter’s message was simple: Everyone can conserve energy by doing easy tasks each day. By turning off lights and ceiling fans when you leave a room, by utilizing programmable thermostats and LED light bulbs you too can see results.
In addition to Carter, insulation, lighting and HVAC representatives were available to answer efficiency questions. For those of you who were able attend, we appreciate your attendance and welcome feedback on this event.
Keep up the good work!
Our members are doing a great job of conserving energy during our peak demand time of 3 p.m. through 6 p.m. By managing your residential usage, our system becomes more reliable as the electric load lessens. This is especially important during the summer months when usage is at its highest. Purchased power is most expensive during this time frame and our hope is our members take advantage of this cost saving initiative.
Please excuse our mess
Earlier this month, we took the first steps in updating our facility. The small building that was located south of our office was torn down in anticipation of our upcoming renovation. Growth, structural damage and overall condition of our current office space were considered as Trustees approved to move forward to the competitive bidding phase of the project. We will keep our membership up to date throughout the building process.
Staying safe in the summer heat
At Butler REC, we are always concerned about the welfare of our staff and members. As we experience this very hot Kansas summer, please remember to take necessary precautions to prevent heat illness. Remember to stay hydrated, reduce strenuous activities and wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing when going outdoors.