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Springtime (finally) – play ball!

It was an interesting winter that seemed to extend longer than normal. But at last the calendar has turned to spring. The spring season means the start of Major League Baseball and our annual Florida trip for spring training baseball. Other than the weather, there are some interesting contrasts between Florida and Illinois. It seems that anywhere you go in... Read More

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Your electric bill has a new look

Information on SIDE ONE of your bill: 1. EIEC Information: Our main phone number and how to contact us. 2. Your Account Information: Your account number. 3. Current Bill Amount and Due Date: Summarizes total amount or budget amount due and due date for the service location listed. 4. Important Message: Valuable communication from Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative. 5. Your... Read More

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Protect yourself and your family: Call JULIE

April is National Safe Digging Month and we want to remind homeowners and professional excavators in Illinois to call JULIE, Inc. (JULIE) at 8-1-1 before every digging project this spring, regardless of the size or depth. This is a free call and service. JULIE’s helpful call center agents are available to receive and process requests 24 hours a day, seven... Read More

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People to Know: Don Gerdes, Forester

Tips and Techniques for Felling and Cutting Trees is a very popular seminar at the EIEC Annual Meeting every year. Don Gerdes, EIEC forester, is the presenter and often there’s standing room only for his seminar, as he is very knowledgeable about everything having to do with trees. He talks about safety when using a chain saw and Don always... Read More

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Building Catherdrals

Next month’s national cooperative annual meeting will mark the end of the two-year tenure for Board President Phil Carson, who is a member of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative Board in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Phil is a super person, who is very humble, with many redeeming qualities (perhaps the best of which is that he is an avid St. Louis Cardinals... Read More

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Three DYI projects that save energy & money

Winter weather can have a big impact on your energy bills, hitting your pockets a little harder than you would have liked. Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to tackle a few DIY efficiency projects for your home. The good news: You don’t have to be an energy expert to do this! There are... Read More

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Your electric bill will have a new look

EIEC_Bill_Sample modifiedEastern Illini members shared with us they want to see more in-depth information about their electrical use including average temperatures compared to daily electric use. We agreed and gathered members’ thoughts and good ideas and incorporated them into a redesigned electric bill that more clearly provides the information in a concise and easy to read format. Prior to the... Read More

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Would your home pass an electrical inspection?

If you’re getting ready to sell your home or just wondering how electrically sound it is, there are some general guidelines out there to assess the condition of your home’s wiring and electrical bones. Although it varies depending on where you live, most local codes follow the National Electric Code (NEC). The NEC is an industry-specific document that outlines required... Read More

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People to Know: Paul Crutcher

Many of us have seen the movies Hunt for Red October and Crimson Tide, and other submarine films, but very few of us can say we’ve lived in a submarine. Eastern Illini electrical engineer, Paul Crutcher, spent six years in the Navy and he lived aboard the USS Charlotte, a 360-foot-long, 6,900-ton submarine. Paul was a nuclear field electrician who... Read More

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