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In accordance with its bylaws, PIE&G will conduct its annual membership meeting on Friday, October 28 at the Onaway High School, 4549 M-33 Hwy. in Onaway, MI.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The general business session begins at 10:00 a.m. where members will hear various reports on the cooperative. The meeting concludes with director election results and door prizes. Lunch will be provided after the meeting.
For more information about the meeting and your director candidate ballot, please refer to your September-October issue of Country Lines magazine.
Mark your calendar and plan to attend!
Are you feeling the heat this summer? You may want to give your ceiling fan a little "direction."
If you set it with the correct fan blade direction, a ceiling fan will work tirelessly to distribute indoor air in a way that cools your room in the summer and warms it in the winter. If you adjust your thermostat accordingly, this will lower your monthly utility bills year-round.
Summer = Counterclockwise
On those hot summer days, set your ceiling fan on a counterclockwise rotation. A counterclockwise spin "turns" your ceiling fan into performing like a regular box fan, sending a rush of air downward, cooling your skin and making it seem up to eight degrees cooler than it is.
If you have multiple ceiling fans and use them to keep cool instead of using the air conditioner, then you are saving energy and saving money.
Winter = Clockwise
It may seem far off now, but winter is coming. To make a room feel warmer in the wintertime, get that fan going in a clockwise direction, on a "low" setting. This gently pushes the cool air at the bottom of your room upward, displacing the warm air near your ceiling and recirculating it to where you can feel it. This makes the room feel warmer without running your furnace, and paying for the gas, propane or electricity.
Remember These Three Things
You won’t get any benefit from your ceiling fan if you don't:
- Turn it on when you’re in the room
- Adjust the thermostat accordingly
- Turn it off when you’re not in the room
Ceiling fans are good at following orders. Give them the right instructions – the right spinning direction, the right speed and turn them off in unoccupied rooms – and adjust your thermostat accordingly and you could save 15% to 40% on your summer air conditioning costs and reduce your winter heating bills, too.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op members continue to generously assist area community organizations and individuals through the voluntary round up of their electric and natural gas billings. Member contributions to the Communities First Fund provide funds for grants and scholarships in their local communities within the PIE&G service area.
At a recent meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors finalized awards of $5,400 in grants to the following recipients:
Montmorency County Commission on Aging ($3,000) for kitchen upgrades at the Senior Centers in Atlanta ($1,000 to purchase an ice machine), Lewiston ($1,000 to purchase an oven and range), and Hillman ($1,000 for a food warmer).
Presque Isle County:
Presque Isle County Sheriff Department ($2,400) to purchase a vest, gas mask, and medical kit required for membership in the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Emergency Response Team (ERT).
At their June meeting, the PIE&G Communities First Fund Board of Directors awarded $12,000 in grants as follows:
Long Rapids Township Volunteer Fire Department ($2,000) to purchase a thermal imaging camera designed to assist fire fighters in search and rescue efforts and to locate from a safe distance internal fires sources in structures.
Atlanta Church of Christ - The Caring Place ($2,500) to purchase food for The Caring Place food pantry. The pantry provides food and clothing assistance to approximately 232 households in the county each month.
New Beginnings Ministries ($2,500) to purchase food for the Hillman Area Resource Pantry (HARP).The pantry currently provides food to over 400 people per month.
Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation ($1,000) to purchase new age appropriate books for the Reach Out and Read program.
Presque Isle County:
Peace Lutheran Church ($1,000) to enable The Peace Project to purchase and distribute personal hygiene items to families.
Posen Consolidated Schools ($1,500) to defray the cost of student transportation and admission to the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI to further learning of American History.
United Way of Northeast Michigan ($1,500) for the purchase of food and personal hygiene products to be distributed at the Presque Isle County Project Connect Event, where two to three hundred people receive donated goods and services.
Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op provides electric and natural gas service to more than 42,000 member-owners, and serves a nine county area across northeast Michigan. PIE&G headquarters is located in Onaway.
On April 18, 2016, volunteers from Presque Isle Electric & Gas Co-op, together with seven other Michigan electric cooperatives, assembled 10,500 meals for donation to the Kids Against Hunger Coalition.
Child hunger remains a serious problem in Michigan, with one in five kids not getting enough food regularly. When children lack access to nutritious meals, they don’t have what they need to reach their fullest potential.
PIE&G employees helped assemble fortified soy-rice casserole-style meals specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of children. These packaged meals were then distributed by each co-op to local food banks in their respective service territories throughout Michigan. Recipients in PIE&G’s service area include Atlanta Church of Christ - The Caring Place, Hillman United Methodist and Calvary Episcopal Food Pantry, Presque Isle Food / Baby Pantry and The Salvation Army – Cheboygan County Emergency Food Pantry.
“Participating in this service project with my cooperative colleagues and partnering with Kids Against Hunger was a rewarding experience,” says Brian Burns, CEO at PIE&G. “As an electric co-op, ‘Commitment to Community’ is one of our guiding principles. This project was yet another opportunity to put that principle into action.”
The 2016 food packing project was a new activity added to an annual conference attended by Michigan’s electric cooperatives.
People typically think of fans only for summertime comfort and lower air-conditioning costs. Ceiling fans are unique in that they can also reduce your wintertime heating bills with proper use. Here are six tips for getting the most out of your fans: