United Cooperative Services
Postal Problems Could Delay Bills
United officials have learned that the delivery of bills to approximately 5,000 members may be delayed due to the Aug. 7 mercury spill at the United States Postal Service’s Coppell distribution center. The spill closed the facility and delayed mail delivery throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as reported by multiple media outlets.
While the Coppell center reopened Tuesday (Aug. 14), United would like to advise members that this postal shutdown could affect not only the timely delivery of some United members’ power bills, but also other bills and important documents. United will work with affected members on payment arrangements and other issues that may result from the week-long closing.
Texas Co-op Power
Beat the Peak Called Aug. 16
Let the Sun Shine
Are you a member who has thought about installing solar, but just didn't have the space or the cash? Sign up for United's Community Solar program! We take care of maintaining the system, you get benefits of green energy and a whole lot more. It's a win-win for our members.
To join, you must be a United member in good standing on a general service single-phase rate class with an average monthly net energy consumption above 500 kWh. There is no upfront cost to join, no contract to sign, no insurance required and the potential savings begin the first year members sign up for the project.
Sign up for Beat the Peak and Save Energy, Money
United Cooperative Services members can cut usage and save energy dollars by signing up for Beat the Peak, an early-warning system that tells consumers when energy prices peak, and how they can avoid paying peak prices for power.
Lower demand at peak time lowers the co-op’s overall cost for power. As a nonprofit entity, United then passes the energy savings on to members. The more people participate, the more energy and energy dollars are conserved.
The program is voluntary and benefits all co-op members. Individual members will see neither a charge increase for non-participation, nor a conservation usage credit for those who choose to partake.
Members can participate by signing up online to receive email or text messages that will warn when a peak is about to occur. Also, they can watch United’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for these warnings. SIGN UP HERE.
Enroll in Rush Hour Rewards and Reap the Energy Savings
For an automated response to beating the peak, some members also may wish to participate in United’s Rush Hour Rewards program by purchasing a Nest thermostat and signing up.
The Nest thermostat can help members use less energy during the rush hour by cooling their homes down ahead of the peak and then slightly adjusting the temperature up a few degrees later on when it’s needed. However, members are still in control and can manually change the temperature at any time if they start feeling uncomfortable.
After signing up, United gives members a $50 bill credit after the first summer. They’ll earn $15 for each summer month they are enrolled up to $60 a year for each Nest Learning Thermostat in their homes. Click here for details.
Members Get Valuable Discounts on Furnace Filters through United
Changing your furnace or air conditioner filter regularly saves wear and tear on valuable equipment. What most members aren’t necessarily familiar with is that heating and cooling costs can be reduced by as much as 15 percent by regularly practicing this simple task.
Through a unique new service called FilterChange.coop, United members now have a means of obtaining filters at discounted rates and without the need for wasting gas on a trip to the store.
FilterChange.coop is an easy way to order filters online at a discount and delivered free to your door. In addition to saving energy by helping HVAC systems run at optimal levels, FilterChange.coop can save members up to 50 percent. Click here for more.
Lights out? Text Your Outage
Don't get caught in the dark again! Use our easy outage texting program to let us know when you're having power problems.
Outage texting is a free 24/7 notification service provided to members that allow you to report outages, check the status of your outage, and receive restoration notices by text message. Members must have five accounts or less to enroll, and all five accounts can be registered. Your cell phone number must be on file prior to registering for outage text messaging.