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The Cooperative Built By Farmers

C. A. Maedgen knew the value of electricity in 1938. He already had it at his farm in Bell County. His home in Mathis, on the other hand, was still in the dark.

So, he went to the local power company to see about getting lights at home. The power company explained that he was too far from the nearest lines and it would be cost prohibitive to bring electric service to him.

SPEC Offers $20,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

Applications are now available for San Patricio Electric Cooperative’s scholarship program. The co-op will award 10 scholarships, worth $2,000 each, to the class of 2018!

Apply for Youth Tour Today

The deadline to apply for Youth Tour is quickly approaching. Students have until January 5 to submit their application and essay for a chance to win this all-expenses-paid trip.

12 Days of Energy Saving Tips

1.  Use LED lights. Replace your old strands of holiday lights with new LEDs. These energy-efficient bulbs use about 70 percent less energy than incandescent light strands and can last up to 40 times longer. While LED bulbs are more expensive upfront, they will cost you less over the long run. A strand of incandescent C9 bulbs will cost about $13.33 to operate during the holiday season, while a strand of LED bulbs will cost just $0.13.

Efficient kitchen lighting: A Recipe for Savings

Kitchen sizes, styles and configurations have changed dramatically through the years. As consumer lifestyles and tastes have changed, kitchen lighting has evolved to reflect these shifts. In the past, a simple florescent ring placed in the center of the ceiling operated by a single switch was the norm for a typical American kitchen.

7 Energy Saving Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time to bring friends and family together. And since the occasion is marked by a big meal, it means spending a significant amount of time cooking. Energy costs in the kitchen can total up to 15 percent of a home’s energy use, so it’s worth it to learn how to use less energy.

SPEC Reaches 10 Years with No Lost-Time Accidents

In an industry with so many dangers, every safety milestone is significant, but this year we reached a big one. I’m proud to announce that San Patricio Electric Cooperative celebrated 10 years without a loss-time accident in November.

Prepare for Winter Savings this Fall

We may not experience much of the fall season in Texas, but we can count on the (slightly) cooler weather to bring some relief from hot summer days. You probably notice that as the temperature drops, your electric bill goes down a little too. However, that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop thinking about saving energy. On the contrary, the cooler weather provides a great opportunity for you to tackle some energy-saving projects to make your home more efficient during the coming winter months.

SPEC Donates $10,000 to Blanconia VFD

When Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast in August, the Blanconia Volunteer Fire Department’s station was significantly damaged. Hurricane force winds peeled tin from their building and bent the steal support structure, destroying a community staple that stood firm on the land since 1999.

Halloween Electrical Safety Tips

San Patricio Electric Cooperative understands the value of a fun, scary Halloween. However, before you plug in those fog machines, black lights and creepy animatronics, take caution. An excessive amount of plugs could overload your circuits.

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