Kankakee Valley REMC is a member-owned electric cooperative headquartered in Wanatah, Indiana. As a cooperative, Kankakee Valley REMC follows seven core principles that are universal to cooperatives worldwide. Among those principles is one stressing education, training and information. Electric Consumer, a monthly magazine published especially for Indiana’s electric cooperative members, is one way the REMC informs and educates its members. Electric Consumer is available not only in a print format, but as an electronic publication for those who prefer getting their information on their electronic devices.
Each year, we like to inform and educate our members on what stray voltage is and alert them to the possible dangers. In past years, this article has targeted dairy farmers as they are more likely to experience the problem through the contact of the cows with milking equipment. Truth is, stray voltage can affect… Continue reading.
Batteries provide a portable, and usually safe, source of electricity. From batteries in our cell phones to industrial-sized backups, we rely on them every day. With Christmas just around the corner, parents will be stocking up on batteries for all the new toys their children will be unwrapping under the tree this year. We want… Continue reading.
Bust out the hot chocolate and extra afghans, because winter weather has arrived. The extreme cold is bad enough, but if your energy use spikes it can really add insult to injury. Try out these tips to help you save energy — and money. Turn off those ventilation fans. If you have a ventilation fan in… Continue reading.
As a local cooperative, our reason for existing goes beyond providing safe and reliable electricity to our members. Kankakee Valley REMC is also deeply rooted in the community because it is where we work and call home. Throughout the year, you will see us participate in activities to support and strengthen the community. Annually, your… Continue reading.
If you were a member of Kankakee Valley REMC during 2015, you can expect to see a credit on your bill generated in November. That credit is something we do from time to time, and it’s just one more benefit to being part of a cooperative organization. Because a cooperative like ours is a non-profit,… Continue reading.
With the holidays quickly approaching, we are reminded of the season of giving. At Kankakee Valley REMC we believe in giving year-round, and so do our members. Over 70 percent of our membership gives back each month through the Operation Round Up® program. This quarter, the Operation Round Up Trust awarded over $14,000 to area… Continue reading.
Heating your living space can use more energy than any other system in your home. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with proper air sealing, recommended insulation and thermostat settings, you can save money on your energy bill. Houses work as a complete system, meaning one thing can have an effect on another. It… Continue reading.
The holidays are just around the corner. And because displays go up earlier and earlier in the stores, you’ve no doubt been tempted to purchase new holiday lights. Light-emitting diodes, more commonly known as LEDs, consume far less electricity than incandescent bulbs, and decorative LED light strings such as Christmas tree lights are no different…. Continue reading.
Farming is the sixth most dangerous job in the United States, according to a 2014 report from TIME magazine. Missing important safety steps can result in farm workers being killed or injured when farm equipment makes contact with overhead power lines. These deaths can be prevented. It’s important those who live and work on farms… Continue reading.
Every October, cooperatives from all sectors across the country celebrate National Cooperative Month. The purpose of this annual celebration is to recognize the cooperative difference and remind you, the members, about Kankakee Valley REMC’s purpose. Chances are you only think about your cooperative when you pay your electric bill or when your service is interrupted… Continue reading.
Working for an electric cooperative is a great career opportunity. People come to work at electric cooperatives because they believe in what they do and receive the satisfaction of knowing that their work directly improves people’s lives. While many people associate electric cooperatives with the face of a lineman, it takes many departments to run… Continue reading.
Solar power and wind farms have long been used as renewable energy sources in the Midwest. But in 2002, Wabash Valley Power (WVPA) was one of the first utilities in the area to use a much more unexpected resource for green energy — landfills. Built to minimize the impact on the environment, landfills have a… Continue reading.