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Happy Independence Day

The month of July has always been a favorite time of mine. It's the middle of summer, the kids are out of school and of course, we celebrate Independence Day!

When Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence, he is credited with saying, "We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." That recognition of the need to work together may also be why Franklin, in 1752, founded the first successful cooperative in the United States, the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire, which still operates today.

The principles behind the Declaration of Independence that form the basis of American democracy also form the basis of cooperatives. A cooperative is owned and democratically controlled by the people who use the services. Each member has one vote regardless of their stake, that is, some members cannot buy more control than anyone else. This stands in stark contrast to investor-owned businesses where only shareholders have a vote in how the business is run, and even among shsreholders, some have more votes that others depending on their shares of stock.

The Declaration of Independence declared the equality of rights of its citizens and that people had the right to organize to secure their futures when their rights were infringed upon. At the time the Declaration was written, democracy was a relatively untested idea - but the founders of our country were determined to make it work.

So when you celebrate the many liberties and rights we enjoy with our families and friends this year, think about those principles that inspired our Founding Fathers. They also inspired the pioneers who established electric cooperatives - folks who were determined to provide safe, reliable, and affordable power to secure the futures of our communities.

Columbus Electric has always operated under the principles of democracy, and we are dedicated to fulfilling that promise as we serve members today and in the future.

Have a Happy and Safe Independence Day!


Office Closed

Columbus Electric Cooperative will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We will resume regular office hours on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.



Call Before Your Dig

If you are planning a project that involves digging, including planting a tree or shrubs, make sure you know where your underground lines are.

Just "Call Before You Dig" - dial 811 statewide - and we'll come to your home within two days and mark utility line locations. It's smart, safe free, and it's the law.

It's also important not to plant near utility underground switch cabinets - those green boxes sometimes seen in residential areas.

Find more information on the Call Before You Dig website at


Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month

Is your room air conditioner working overtime? Reduce air leaks by installing rigid foam panels (instead of the commonly used accordian panels) in between the window frame and unit, and secure with duct tape.




Electrical Outage Telephone Numbers

575-546-8838 between the hours of 8:00am - 5:00 pm

After Hours and Holidays 1-800-228-0579

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