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                                                                    McDonough Power Cooperative • Macomb, Illinois 61455


Ways to Pay Your Electric Bill
Y  ou have several easy, convenient ways to pay your bill.
   Choose the one that’s best for you:

Bank Draft
   Have your payment automatically drafted from your bank
account around the 10th of each month. You still receive a
paper bill to review – it will be marked “Paid by Draft” to let
you know that the amount has been paid. Please contact the
office to set this up.

Credit Card Draft
    Draft your bill to a Visa or MasterCard each month. You
still receive a paper bill to review – it will be marked “Paid by
Draft.” Credit cards will be drafted around the 10th of each
month. Please contact the office to set this up.
                                                                     Payment is not considered to have been made until it is
Pay by Phone with a Credit Card                                      received in our office.
   From 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays, you can pay your bill with
a Visa or MasterCard by phone. Simply call 309-833-2101.             Drive-Up Payment Box
                                                                        Conveniently located in front of our office at 1210 W.
Mail                                                                 Jackson St. in Macomb. Payments may be dropped 24 hours a
   Send your payment to McDonough Power Cooperative,                 day, 7 days a week. 7422C4-606A
P.O. Box 352, Macomb, IL 61455-0352. We suggest mailing
your payment at least seven business days before the due             Pay in Person
date to ensure your payment arrives and is posted on time.             Our office is open 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.


What are the benefits of the new Automatic Meter Reading
(AMR) system that McDonough Power is installing?
• Eliminates the need for you or utility        your bill during months that we              transformer feeding your property
  personnel to visit your location              didn’t receive a meter reading from          is adequately sized to accommodate
  monthly to read your meter.                   you.                                         your energy usage.
• Reduces the potential for human            • Provides McDonough Power with              • Enables McDonough Power to
  error in reading, recording and              indication of a power outage at              provide you with indication of daily
  entering your meter reading into the         your home. In addition, once                 usage at your location to help you
  utilities billing system. Thus, the          power is restored, the utility receives      understand how variables such as
  potential for inaccurate meter reads         verification without the need to call         temperature and the number of
  is greatly reduced which ensures             you … in the middle of the night.            people in your home affect your
  that your bill will be accurate each       • Enables McDonough Power to                   cost of energy each day. This also
  month.                                       monitor the maximum demand at                gives you the opportunity to manage
• Eliminates the need for estimating           your location to ensure that the             energy consumption.


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                                       Install and maintain a smoke detector
  1210 West Jackson Street
       P.O. Box 352                    P   roperly installed and maintained
                                           smoke detectors can reduce your
                                       likelihood of dying in a home fire
     Macomb, Illinois
                                       by 51 percent. Follow these tips
        61455-0352                     to keep your family safe.
                                          What Kind? New homes
        309-833-2101                   are required to have an alarm
                                       in each sleeping room and all
 www.mcdonoughpower.com                alarms must be interconnected.
                                       These hard-wired alarms
        Office hours:                  operate on your electrical current,
                                       with battery backup, so when one
 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Weekdays            alarm registers a fire, they all sound.
                                       Battery-operated alarms can be easily
                                                                                      How Do I Maintain Them? Check
   DISCONNECT DATE:                    installed yourself. Choose what works
                                                                                  alarms once a month. Replace batteries
      September 25th                   best for your family. 525HH68-951B
                                                                                  at least once a year. Clean alarms once a
                                          How Many? At least one on every
                                                                                  year. Never paint over, or place any-
                                       level, including the basement. You also
                                                                                  thing on the alarms.
      DIRECTORS                        need one outside sleeping areas, or, if
                                       bedroom doors are kept closed at night,       Note: When buying new alarms,
   Michael Cox, Chairman               one in each bedroom. You may also          consider purchasing a combination
                                       consider placing one in your garage or     smoke/carbon monoxide alarm if you do
  Steve Lynn, Vice Chairman            in large open spaces or long hallways.     not currently have a carbon monoxide
                                          Where? Place away from drafts           alarm. Since January 2007, all homes
  Steve Youngquist, Secretary          (windows, doors, ductwork). If             that use any fossil fuel appliances or heat-
                                       mounting on the ceiling, keep 4-inches     ing unit are required to have a working
      Stan Prox, Treasurer             from the nearest wall. If mounting         carbon monoxide alarm within 15 feet
                                       on the wall, keep 4 to 12 inches from      of all sleeping areas. All-electric homes
        Robert J. Dwyer                the ceiling. Remember smoke rises, so      without fireplaces are the exceptions and
                                       mount them as high as possible. If the     do not need the alarms. For more infor-
           Steve Hall                  ceiling is pitched, mount at its highest   mation on smoke and carbon monoxide
                                       point.                                     alarms contact your local fire department.
         Walter Lewis
         Jeffrey Moore
                                                WINNERS – WINNERS – WINNERS
         Jerry Riggins
  John D. McMillan, Attorney
                                                                              C  ongratulations to Rob & Amy
                                                                                 Westen of Macomb and Rich &
                                                                               Nancy Metzner of Macomb! They
                                                                               found their map location numbers
      All Co-op Electric                                                        in the July issue of The Wire.
      Outages 837-1400                                                           They receive a $10 credit on their
                                                                                 next electric bill. Thanks Rob &
                                                                               Amy and Rich & Nancy for staying
                                                                               informed with your cooperative by
                                                                              reading our monthly newsletter.



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Yield Fewer Accidents This Harvest
H    arvest season can yield
     higher numbers of
electrocution, shock and
burn injuries on the farm.
Nationwide, an average of 64
agricultural workers are elec-
trocuted and hundreds more
injured in electrical accidents
each year. Safe Electricity
and McDonough Power urge
farm workers to avoid tragic
accidents by taking note of
farm activities that take place
around power lines.
    “Equipment contacting
overhead power lines is the
leading cause of farm elec-
trocution accidents in the
Midwest,” says Mike Smith of
McDonough Power. “Many of
these accidents occur near grain
bins, when augers make contact
with power lines.”
    “Everyone who works on the
farm should know the location
of power lines and keep farm equipment          tires, ropes and hay may also conduct     may be nearby to stay away and wait
at least 10 feet away from them – below,        electricity under certain conditions.     until the electric utility arrives to make
to the side and above power lines,” says    •   Use qualified electricians for work        sure power to the line is cut off,” says
Molly Hall, Director of Safe Electricity.       on drying equipment and other farm        Hall.
“Ensuring proper clearance can save             electrical systems.                          “If the power line is energized and
lives.”                                     •   Apply decals to all equipment that        you step outside, your body becomes the
                                                may pose electrical hazards and           path and electrocution is the result,”
Here are some safety considerations             explain decals to workers who use         Smith says. “Even if a power line has
for farm workers:                               the equipment. 11221C6B-1062B             landed on the ground, the potential
• Always lower portable augers or           •   Inspect farm equipment for transport      for the area nearby to be energized still
   elevators to their lowest possible           height and determine clearance with       exists. Stay inside the vehicle unless
   level - under 14 feet - before moving        any power lines under which the           there’s fire or imminent risk of fire.”
   or transporting; use care when raising       equipment must pass.                         In that case, the proper action is to
   them.                                    •   Review the possibility of under-          jump – not step – with both feet hitting
• Be aware of increased height                  ground utility supplies for new or        the ground at the same time. Do not
   when loading and transporting                replacement power lines.                  allow any part of your body to touch the
   larger modern tractors with higher       •   If you have a standby power system,       equipment and the ground at the same
   antennas.                                    review its location, operation and        time. Continue to hop or shuffle to
• Always use a spotter or someone to            importance with all workers.              safety, keeping both feet together as you
   help make certain that contact is not    •   Train seasonal employees to be aware      leave the area.
   made with a line when moving large           of risks for potential electrical shock      Once you get away from the
   equipment or high loads.                     on the farm even if they only work        equipment, never attempt to get back
• Do not use metal poles when                   temporarily.                              on or even touch the equipment.
   breaking up bridged grain inside and     •   Never attempt to raise or move a          Many electrocutions happen when
   around bins.                                 power line to clear a path.               the operator dismounts and, realizing
• As in any outdoor work, be careful                                                      nothing has happened, tries to get back
   not to raise any equipment such as       If you come into contact with a               on the equipment.
   ladders, poles or rods into power        power line:                                      For more information on farm
   lines. Remember, non-metallic                “It’s almost always best to stay in the   and other electrical safety, visit
   materials such as lumber, tree limbs,    cab and call for help. Warn others who        www.SafeElectricity.org.


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                                                                                            As we continue to change out meters in our
                                                                                             service territory to the new, digital meters with
                                                                                        Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology
                                                                                          please continue to turn in meter readings. To avoid
                                                                                           an estimated bill please continue to read your
                          ATTENTION                                                             meter(s) around the 5th of each month and
                                                                                                note the reading in the area indicated on the
                       Important Information                                                   lower portion your billing statement. Readings
                         Regarding Reading                                                  may also be phoned in to our office at 309-833-
                                                                                         2101 or emailed to crigg@mcdonoughpower.com .
                            Your Meter                                                   We will notify you in your billing statement when
                                                                                      it is time to stop reading your meter. Thanks for your
                                                                                 cooperation during our transition period. 6328C2-702B




    MAP
  LOCATION                                  E very month we will have four map location numbers hidden throughout The Wire. If
                                              you find your map location number, call our office and identify your number and the
                                            page that it is on. If correct, you will win a $10 credit on your next electric bill.
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