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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Blood Drive for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Sam Houston EC employees, like Member Service Representative Jennifer Angel in this picture, donated 22 pints of blood on March 8. According to the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, a whole blood donation can save up to three people, so this donation made a huge impact for many lives in our area.

Posted by Communication Specialist Rachel Frey, CCC



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As a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative, Sam Houston Electric Cooperative conducts business a little differently than other electric utility companies.  The Co-op follows a set of seven principles, which guides everything we do: Voluntary and Open Membership Democratic Member Control Members’ Economic Participation Autonomy and Independence Education, Training and Information Cooperation Among Cooperatives Concern for Community Several of these principles have been on display this month.  Cooperation Among Cooperatives Pictured is a projector...

30 Mar

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Chief Communications Officer Keith Stapleton and Communications Specialist Rachel Frey helped welcome 43 new communications professionals to the cooperative family.  The New Co-op Communicators Orientation (NCCO) is a unique opportunity for new employees to learn about the Cooperative industry, electricity basics and communications tools. Attendees represented statewide associations, generation and transmission cooperatives and distribution cooperatives, like Sam Houston EC, from all corners of the nation. “This was the third NCCO I have attended,”...

10 Mar

Here’s a fact you might not know: You don’t have to touch a power line to be in danger; high-voltage electricity can jump to anyone who gets too close. Fortunately, there are many ways to stay safe around power lines, whether they’re in the air or on the ground. Look up before raising a ladder or pole to make sure that it will not come within 10 feet of any...

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Why is there a different kind of outlet in my bathroom? Why does the circuit breaker trip whenever my portable air conditioner comes on? What’s the difference between a power strip and a surge protector? Do you know everything you should about your home’s electrical system and appliances? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably “No.” It’s time to change that. Commissioning an...

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It’s still cold outside, and all your windows and doors are closed. This makes heating season a perfect time to make sure the carbon monoxide detectors in your house are working properly. If you don’t have any, it’s time to install them. Carbon monoxide is a potential byproduct of burning fossil fuels including gas and oil. It’s colorless and odorless, but it’s potently toxic and...

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