July 31, 2019 Power Outage Pickardville Area

We are currently experiencing a power outage that is affecting Members west of Pickardville within the following LSD's: 58-27 , 58-01, 59-27 & 59-01. Our crews are responding to this outage and we appreciate your patience and understanding while power is being restored.

Save Money This Summer!

Did you know you can save money this summer on your energy bill by following these simple tips? Turn off your air conditioner before you leave home for an extended period of time. Or at least turn up the thermostat. It’s a straightforward way to use less power. Also, make sure the filter is clean. Dirty filters cause air conditioning units to work harder, using more energy. Keep the refrigerator doors closed whenever possible. Also, avoid placing hot items in the fridge – let them cool to room temperature first. By following the above noted tips, you can help reduce the overall consumption of your air conditioner and refrigerator!

Are You Prepared for a Summer Storm?

Never worry about another summer storm with a GenerLink installed. GenerLink is a product that makes connecting a generator easy and safe while providing homeowners the opportunity to run critical items in their homes during a summer power outage. With GenerLink, using your portable generator during a power outage is easy and safe! GenerLink eliminates the hassles of running multiple extension cords, or hiring an electrician to install a transfer switch. The device detects when a generator is operating and automatically disconnects from the utility grid, eliminating dangerous back feed.It is a five-inch device that is easily installed behind a customer’s electric meter by WRREA and requires

Hot Tub: Consumption Calculator

Have you ever wondered how much power your hot tub really uses? By using this simple formula, you can calculate the approximate consumption of your hot tub. Watts / 1000 x Hours x Days in Month= kWh 7,500 / 1000 x 4 x 31 = 930 kWh If you have a hot tub running for four hours a day, for 31 days in a row, it would cause an overall increase in your consumption by 930 kWh. If the same hot tub was running non- stop for the entire month, your consumption would increase by 5,580 kWh.

Swimming Pool- Energy Saving Tips

If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your back yard, the following tips can help you keep your consumption down this summer! . Put a lid on it: By covering your swimming pool with a lid while not in use, you can save 50-70% on your heating costs. Water Pumps: You can install a small high efficiency pump and still circulate enough water to keep your pool clean.

Click before you DIG!

Are you planning on planting trees, putting in a new garden, or a fence this summer? Make sure you know your responsibilities before you dig. Contact Alberta One-Call to request that the buried utilities on your property be located and marked at least two full working days before you plan to dig. www.albertaonecall.com 1-800-242-3447 For information on secondary line locates, please contact our office at 780-349-3655.

Gardening: Energy Saving Tips

While watering your garden helps bring it to life, some energy and water can be wasted in the process. Although the garden may be producing more regarding harvest, using energy-efficient pumps and taking on smart landscaping design can help save energy. Following responsible watering practices can help reduce water waste in the garden. For instance, it's advisable to water your plants during the coolest part of the day, mainly early in the morning or later in the evening after sunset. You should also consider setting sprinklers to water the desired regions with just the right amount of water. Collect rainwater in tanks and barrels, then use it to water both indoor and outdoor plants. Take so

Do You Know What To Do In The Event of A Power Outage?

In the event of a power outage, one of the first things you should do, is check your breaker at the transformer pole to ensure it is UP and in the ON position. In the event that you check your breaker and it is DOWN and in the OFF position, all you may have to do in order to restore power is turn the breaker back into the ON position by flipping it UP. If you have checked your breaker and it is in the ON position, but you still have no power, please contact our Emergency Line 1-877-749-3655. Please ensure you have your Name and Legal Land Location available to ensure that we are able to respond to your outage.

Access to Transformer Poles

In order to perform maintenance or emergency service work, our linemen require access to the transformer pole. If you have a lock on your gate, please allow the REA to put a lock on as well. Our linemen climb utility poles at all hours of the day, often in harsh weather conditions. Having safe and unobstructed access to a transformer pole is necessary for maintenance and emergency service work. Sharp objects like nails, tacks or staples for attaching signs, birdhouses or satellite dishes also pose a danger to our linemen. If a sharp object punctures a lineman’s glove or damages other safety equipment, our lineman’s lives are put in danger. The safety of the Member is also put at risk when pl

Energy Saving Tips

Did you know that you can make your dryer more energy efficient? By cleaning your dryer's lint filter after every load, you can maximize its efficiency. If you dry consecutive loads, you can also reduce your overall consumption. Short wash cycles tend to use less water than permanent press or normal cycles, and washing clothes in cold water can save you 85-90% of heating energy.

Natural Light From The Sun

We are currently in the middle of July, where the total hours of sunlight are the longest that they will be all year. Take advantage of the natural light from the sun in your home in the evenings when the air has cooled off. By taking advantage of natural lighting into the evening hours, you can reduce your overall consumption. Just be sure to close your blinds during the day when the heat of the sun is in full force to prevent your home from heating up too much!

Summer 2019 Newsletter

Have your read our Summer 2019 Newsletter yet? Please click to view our Summer 2019 Newsletter.

Beat the Summer HEAT

Beat the Summer HEAT in your home by being following the below tips! Heat up your food, not your house. A microwave is much more efficient (and quicker!) at heating things up than an oven, especially if you’re trying to stay cool with air conditioning. Curtains, blinds and shades keep the sun’s hot rays out of your house. Keep them closed on sunny days during the summer season. Also, deciduous trees planted near your house (Particularly on the South and West sides) will add shade and produce a similar effect – that is, to curtains and blinds – with the added bonus that, when the tree sheds its leaves in the fall, the sunlight will return just in time for the colder months.

Summer Energy Saving Tips

The following tips can help you reduce your energy consumption this summer. Use a programmable thermostat – It is wise to use a programmable thermostat and raise the temperature when the resident is not home. Doing this will prevent the system from using unnecessary energy to cool the home if no one is home. Turn on ceiling fans – If used in conjunction with an air conditioning system, the fans are very effective at lowering the indoor temperature by circulating the cool air throughout the room. In the summer, ceiling fan blades should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down to the floor. In the winter the blades should turn clockwise to pull cool air up. Postpone the use of appliances

Are You Prepared for a Summer Storm?

Never worry about another summer storm with a GenerLink installed. GenerLink is a product that makes connecting a generator easy and safe while providing homeowners the opportunity to run critical items in their homes during a summer power outage. With GenerLink, using your portable generator during a power outage is easy and safe! GenerLink eliminates the hassles of running multiple extension cords, or hiring an electrician to install a transfer switch. The device detects when a generator is operating and automatically disconnects from the utility grid, eliminating dangerous back feed.It is a five-inch device that is easily installed behind a customer’s electric meter by WRREA and requires

Agricultural Power Line Safety Tips

Always Ask Yourself... Where's The Line? Please ensure you keep the following tips in mind when you are working in the fields, or around the farm: Raising and lowering wings, booms or extensions: Be aware of nearby power lines. Extensions on equipment can reach as high as 7.9 meters. Also consider antennas that may be on top of equipment. Moving equipment on your property: Call Wild Rose REA Ltd. before transporting any major equipment, even when moving from field to field on your farm or ranch. Wild Rose REA Ltd. will help you map out the various heights of each power line so that you can identify the potential trouble spots and plan ahead. Ladders, poles and antennas: Keep all items away f

Vegetation Management

If you have any questions or if you see vegetation close to an overhead power line, please help us by calling our office @ 780-349-3655 during regular business hours or, the 24 Hour Emergency Call Center @ 1-877-749-3655 with the land location and details of the problem area along with contact information where you can be reached. With safety in mind, under no circumstances should you try to remove the vegetation yourself.

Have You Ever Wondered How Electricity Gets To You?

Have you ever wondered how electricity gets to you and your home? The below four steps explain how the process works! 1. GENERATION: Electricity starts at a generator which can be powered by wind, water, or the burning of fossil fuels. 2. TRANSMISSION: The generated power travels through cables called transmission lines. These lines are part of the provincial power grid. 3. DISTRIBUTION: The electricity gets converted at a substation to a lower voltage and travels along REA owned distribution lines. 4. CONSUMPTION: The electricity passes through a customers transformer mounted on a pole to convert the voltage so it can be safely used in the home.

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