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CEO/GM Sean Vanslyke

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Due to unseasonably high temperatures, members of SEMO Electric Cooperative have been asked to safely conserve electricity as the three-tiered system of electric cooperatives continues to do everything possible to meet members’ energy needs.

Associated Electric Cooperative, the power supplier for six regional generation and transmission cooperatives and 51 distribution cooperatives, including SEMO Cooperative, notified member systems on June 14 that energy supplies may be tight on June 16 and June 17, and that member systems can help make a difference by conserving energy on those two days from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., when peak energy use occurs.

During high-temperature weather events, members can help conserve energy by:

o Raise their thermostats a few degrees. For example, if a normal setting for a member’s home is 75 degrees, raise it to 78 degrees.
o Limit the use of large appliances.
o Unplug devices that are not in use.
o Turn off unnecessary lights.

We will continue to update our members as needed. We appreciate you all and hope you are staying safe in this heat. If you have questions, call (800) 813-5230. 

Conserve Energy

SEMO Electric Cooperative wants to ensure the safety of our employees and members in this excessive heat. Along with your safety, we want to educate you on ways to conserve energy and help avoid bill shock. Watch the video and read the article to the link below from an interview we did with KFVS12. We appreciate you all. If you have any questions, please call (800) 813-5230.


By Mike Mohundro

SIKESTON, Mo. (KFVS) - Every summer we see temperatures climb to be quite warm in the Heartland.

This year is no different as we are seeing temperatures reach into the upper 90′s and possibly topping out in the triple digits.

So, when the temperature climbs, so does the use of your air conditioning unit which could result in a higher than average bill.

We talked with representatives with SEMO Electric who said there are some tips that you can utilize to help keep your summer energy costs down.

“So along with excessive heat also comes the need to conserve energy and to try to avoid bill shock at all possible,” SEMO Electric Manger of Member Services and Key Accounts Dannett Cooper said. “And a few ways to do that is if you keep your AC unit on 72, if you bump it up to 74 and try to utilize those ceiling fans a little bit more, that’s going to help tremendously.”

Other ways Cooper suggested was to keep all curtains and blinds closed to avoid any extra heating of the home you are in.

“Also, if you can avoid using the oven, if you can use the outside grill to cook a meal or even have a no prep meal,” Cooper said. “Something that doesn’t require any cooking, that’s going to help as well.”

Cooper also added to plan to use your dishwasher, washing machine or other appliances after the sun goes down and use them at different times throughout the night.

The electric bill is not the only area they have advice on as they have provided tips to keep cool during this extreme heat we are experiencing as well.

“We want to make sure people stay cool,” SEMO Electric Manger of Administration and HR Angie Byford said. “We want them to use different tips. You can use a bed fan at night to keep yourself cool, a cooling pillow or a cooling blanket instead of bumping that thermostat down in your house.”

If you drive anywhere, it is suggested you use a windshield shade while the car is unattended parked out in the sun.

“You can use a cooling bandana or a chilling towel if you’re working outside,” Byford said. “Also, stay hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water, any kind of sports drink, stuff like that just to make sure you’re getting plenty of liquids in your body.”

Lastly, they offered a few safety tips as well besides staying hydrated. They offer suggestions to protect yourself by wearing light clothing, wearing sunscreen and sunglasses. They also mentioned to plan your schedule to do activities in the early morning or at night and to also keep an eye on the elderly and pets.

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Cooling Centers

As temperatures rise, drink water to stay hydrated. Check on neighbors and animals. Visit a cool place like a library or a cooling center to help stay cool. Cooling centers in Missouri:

Cooling Centers

Water UP!

Prepare now for a hot week. 💦 Water Up! Close the blinds, turn up the thermostat and do laundry at night to conserve energy and avoid bill shock. Team SEMO and our industry partners will work hard to keep the lights on and GoSEMO Fiber flowing. Thanks to our special guest Amanda Gamboa, RN, BSN, and daughter of CEO Sean J. Vanslyke for helping with tonight’s message.

Heat Wave: Take Action

Take action now during this heat wave! You have the power to save money (avoid bill shock) and energy in your own home. Saving energy reduces our nation’s demand for the resources needed to produce energy, and improving your energy efficiency is like adding another energy source to our electric power grid. The result is reduced utility bills and money in your pocket. Improving your energy efficiency can also improve the comfort of your home and your quality of life.


Get ready for the blueberries! Apple Ridge Orchard located in Sikeston, Mo. would love for you to come to visit them. They have a little something for the whole family, don't forget to say "hello" to their dog Cotton and stop to see the goats. If you have any questions, call (573) 703-1351 or visit their website

The Friday Feature w/ Sean: 😬 Grit Your Teeth

👉 😬 To me, 80 years old is getting younger every day as I get older. Yesterday, our friend Ron reminded me of what it means to be #intentional. Grit your teeth and get it done. This is the 116 consecutive week of #TheFridayFeature. Have a great week. Thanks Rod Cotton and Farmers' Electric Cooperative - Missouri for the hat!


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