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  • Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

  • Keep your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.

  • Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.



  • If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort.

  • Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.

  • When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).






                           Kimbell chosen Vice-Chairman   

                                          of KAEC BOARD





     Electric co-op representatives from across Kentucky recently chose new officers for the board of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc.

     During its December, 2013, meeting in Louisville, the board, composed of the CEO and one board director from each of Kentucky’s 24 electric distribution co-ops and two electric generation and transmission co-ops, selected new leaders from among its ranks.

     Ted Hampton, longtime manager of Cumberland Valley Electric Cooperative in Gray, was elected chairman. Hampton previously chaired KAEC’s board in the 1990s. He has been a champion of the electric co-op industry for over 50 years. Hampton has managed Cumberland Valley Electric since 1964 and has served on the KAEC board since 1965.  

     David Kimbell, a former John Deere equipment dealer from Clinton, and the current Hickman-Fulton Counties RECC chairman, was elected vice chairman. For the prior two years, Kimbell served as KAEC’s secretary-treasurer. Kimbell has served on the KAEC board for six years and the  Hickman-Fulton board for 18 years.    

           Greg Starheim, president and CEO of western Kentucky’s Kenergy electric cooperative, was elected KAEC’s secretary-treasurer. Starheim joined Kenergy as CEO in June of 2013. He was previously CEO and general manager of Delaware County Electric Co-op headquartered in Delhi, New York.              

             According to KAEC’s president and CEO, Bill Corum, The KAEC officers are up to the task of leading the co-op association.

“Kentucky’s electric co-ops are locally-owned, not-for-profit organizations that are dedicated to improving the quality of life of their consumer owners,” said Corum.  “Ted, David, and Greg are firm supporters of the co-op mission and will help keep KAEC on the course of assisting its member co-ops in providing safe, reliable, affordable electricity to their consumer owners.”

                     In addition to electing its new officers, the KAEC board also expressed its thanks to Tommy Hill, the outgoing KAEC chairman, for his six years of service as a board officer. Hill, an eight-year member of the KAEC board, is also a director on the board of West Liberty-based Licking Valley RECC.  Hill is a resident of West Liberty and a retired trucking industry executive. 

            “Tommy provided stable and thoughtful leadership during his two years as chairman,” commented Corum. “We are deeply appreciative of his service.”

     KAEC is the statewide trade association for Kentucky’s 26 local, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. KAEC’s member co-ops provide electricity to approximately two million Kentuckians – around 36% of the state’s population – in all or portions of 117 of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

     KAEC publishes Kentucky Living magazine – the state’s most widely circulated publication with more than 1.2 million readers each month – on behalf of its member co-ops.

     The association also provides numerous communications, public relations, educational, and safety services to its member co-ops.  For more information about KAEC and its member co-ops, visit





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