Vol73-1 January 2023
Member newsletter for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
SMECO filed a request in December with the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to increase its distribution rates (also called the Distribution Charge on your bill) and restructure the rate classes impacting commercial accounts. This is the first request for an increase to the charge for energy distribution in seven years.
As of December 2022, SMECO has commissioned 32 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Southern Maryland. With a goal of 60 stations by 2023, SMECO has exceeded the halfway point. The most recent stations were commissioned at Elite Gymnastics in Waldorf, Edward T. Hall Aquatic Center in Prince Frederick, and Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.
We know that part of being a good neighbor is to lend a hand when needed, and we know our members share this charitable spirit, especially during the holidays. For people who have fallen on hard times, having enough money to pay past due electric bills can make a big difference in their lives.
SMECO conducts an annual members’ meeting each year for the purpose of electing directors and voting on bylaw changes. As a customer, you are a member and have the right to vote.
Energy efficiency tip of the month
Is your home heating system ready for the winter chill? One of the easiest ways to keep your system running efficiently is to regularly replace filters. If your central air system has a furnace filter, it should be replaced about every 90 days. If your home is heated through warm-air registers, baseboard heaters or radiators, clean them regularly to boost efficiency.
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