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HomeWorks and EVs

by Charly Markwart

Anyone who’s ever purchased a new vehicle knows there are seemingly countless factors to consider before deciding upon the model that’s right for you. Should you go for space or fuel economy? Manual or automatic? What options should you add? And now, an added key question on the minds of many consumers is this: “Should I go electric?”

Celebrating 25 Years of Service

The Tri-County Electric People Fund is celebrating 25 years of service to mid-Michigan this year!

In that time, $2.2 million has been granted to help 629 individuals or families, and 873 organizations. That’s an average grant of $1,464.47 to help with housing or medical expenses, put books on library shelves, provide radios or protective gear to ambulance and fire services, and so much more!

Higher Bills Follow Colder Weather

This winter has been one of the coldest on record, even colder at times than 2014’s Polar Vortex. Extended cold weather mean we’re all using more energy to heat our homes, and spending more time indoors. This adds up to higher energy bills, especially since last winter was milder than normal. For instance, average temperatures were 13 degrees lower in January 2018 versus January 2017.

Additional factors that could affect your bill include:

The Cooperative Difference and Tax Reform

How will the new federal tax changes affect HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative?

They will have very little impact on us - because as a not-for-profit electric cooperative we do not pay federal taxes on electricity sales.

For-profit investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs) pay federal taxes. Therefore, the federal corporate tax reduction will result in lower expenses and higher profits for them.

That’s just one difference between the two business models. Another difference is what the companies do with their profits.

You Are A Member, A Customer, and An Owner!

Are you a customer of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric? Or are you a member-owner? If you purchase our electric service for your mid-Michigan home or business, you're BOTH!

We are a member-owned and controlled electric distribution cooperative. As a member-owner-customer, you are invited to take part in the business of the cooperative in many ways, including board elections and district membership meetings.

Give the Gift of Energy

Are you still looking for the perfect Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one on your list? What about giving them the gift of energy? HomeWorks offers gift certificates, which can be used toward paying a Tri-County Electric or Tri-County Propane bill, at our Blanchard and Portland offices. Purchase one for a friend or family member in our service area to give them a gift that's guaranteed to be used and appreciated.

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