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Wind at Work in Texas

The energy industry is changing. As technology has advanced, the use of renewable energy resources has grown. Many people express interest in producing energy through the use of solar panels, but you might be surprised to learn that wind is a much larger contributor to America’s diverse energy mix.

Make your Manufactured Home More Efficient

If you live in a manufactured home, you may have a higher energy bill than a family living in a modular or traditional wood-frame home. The good news is there are many ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency.

The History of Air Conditioning

When San Patricio Electric Cooperative began providing electric service in 1938, air conditioning was not only primitive, it was a luxury only the very wealthy could afford. Our rural residents spent sweltering summer days with open windows, fanning themselves, or finding much-needed relief at the nearest swimming hole.

10 Electricity Safety Tips for Kids

May is Electrical Safety Month, and San Patricio Electric wants to remind you of the important electricity safety lessons to teach your children. Help us keep our smallest members safe by going over these 10 safety tips with your children or grandchildren this month.

Residential Electricity Safety Checklist

When it comes to protecting your home and family, your electrical system shouldn’t be overlooked. If you want to make your home’s electricity use safer, run through this nine-step checklist.

SPEC Awards $100,000 in Scholarships in 2017

San Patricio Electric Cooperative awarded 20 scholarships, worth $5,000 each, to area students who will pursue a higher education in the fall.

10 Safety Tips for Storm Season

As the weather warms, it’s especially important to be alert for severe weather. Rain, lightning, flooding, high winds and even the occasional tornado or hail storm are all possible during the spring and summer months.

With that in mind, San Patricio Electric Cooperative would like to remind you of these important safety tips:

FAQ for High Wire Heroes

Have you ever seen a crew of San Patricio Electric Cooperative’s linemen working high on a pole or in a bucket truck and wished you could ask them questions about their work? Not many people hold this complicated and dangerous job, so not many know the ins and outs of it. We are proud of our lineworkers and want our members to understand exactly why. To help explain, here are a few questions that are frequently asked of linemen:
 

What You Need to Know About Tankless Water Heaters

Water heating is most likely the second-largest energy guzzler in your home—after heating and cooling, of course. So any change you make to your water heating habits is going to save you some money each month. When it comes time to replace a hot water heater, you might consider going for a tankless option.

Overhead vs Underground Power Lines

There are two methods of installing the power lines that carry electricity to your home, overhead and underground. San Patricio Electric Cooperative members sometimes ask why we use one versus the other, or more to the point, why all power lines are not installed using the underground construction method. Isn’t one method better than the other? These are great questions, and the answer is that each method has its place.

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