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Perspective: Making Plans for the New Year

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You’re probably familiar with Punxsutawney Phil, the celebrated groundhog who predicts if winter will stick around or spring will come early. 

Punxsutawney Phil, the weather-predicting groundhog, made his debut in 1886 and he was given the title, “Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinaire.” The excitement on Groundhog Day centers around whether Phil will see his shadow. He tends to predict longer winters, but I think any forecast by a large rodent could be debated. Some put his accuracy around 40%. 

Come February 2, the sun plays a big role in the festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Regardless of what Phil predicts in the coming weeks, the start of a new year is always a good time to be looking at ways you can make life easier. 

It’s also a great time to consider if your current bill payment method fits your needs. Jackson EMC has several payment options based on your preferences. Do you want to pay the same amount each month? Learn more about our budget billing program, which levels your payments each month. Want more control of when you’ll pay for your electric use? Look at PrePay, which allows you to make smaller payments before you use electricity. Or, do you want to make payments automatically each month? You can try auto pay to automatically draft your bank account or credit/debit card. 

The new year is also a great time to explore new options for the upcoming year. You may also be curious about electric vehicles or solar power. Not-for-profit co-ops, like Jackson EMC, are great resources for learning more about EVs and solar power and we want to be your trusted energy expert. Our website has a fantastic tool for comparing EVs by year, model, price and driving range. Or, interested in solar energy but don’t want the cost and upkeep of installing solar panels on your home? Check out our Cooperative Solar program. Whether you own or rent, you can still enjoy the benefits of solar energy through Cooperative Solar. 

We’re here to help you make wise energy choices. And we hope you consider the folks at your local electric cooperative to be your “Hometown Energy Experts” any day of the year. This issue of JEMCO News has some great tips on low-cost ways to save energy in the year ahead. Have a story on how you reduced your energy use during the year? Share it with me at [email protected].

- Chip Jakins, President & CEO