All Kenergy Offices Closed Monday, July 4th for Independence Day

All Kenergy offices will be closed Monday, July 4th for the Independence Day holiday. We hope you have you have a safe and healthy holiday with family and friends.

As always, you can drop payments at our nightly drop box, make payments on our SmartHub app or by accessing your account 24/7.

Kenergy Board Election Winners Announced

Ryan Hammack of Clay has been elected to the District 3 position on the Kenergy board of directors.  Mr. Hammack challenged Chris Mitchell, who has represented District 3 since 1997.

Mike Hazelwood was elected to the District 5 position.  Mr. Hazelwood and Tom McFarland, both of Henderson, ran for the District 5 seat previously represented by Bill Denton who resigned from the board in February.

Incumbent Craig Roberts, representing District 1, faced no opposition and will retain his seat for another three-year term on Kenergy’s Board. 

Network Maintenance – June 6th

A vendor for Kenergy will be performing network maintenance on Monday, June 6th at 11:59 p.m. We anticipate the work to last for approximately one hour. Members will not be able to access the SmartHub app to make payments during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Hartford Night Deposit No Longer Available Starting June 8th

Effective June 8th, the night deposit at our Hartford office will no longer be available. The below sign will be posted at the office. You can still make payments by phone, mail, website, or SmartHub app.

Stay Cool and Safe This Summer

During the summer, many people are concerned about staying cool. Whether you rely on a central air-conditioning unit, a fan or a window A/C unit, be aware of safety threats they may pose. Air conditioners and fans are everyday appliances, and knowing how to properly clean, fix and maintain them is important for your safety!

Every spring, schedule professional A/C maintenance to inspect the appliance for any issues that could lead to a fire. In addition to annual maintenance check-ups, change your air filter every 30–60 days. Inspect your outdoor unit periodically to ensure it has proper airflow, remove debris and clean the condenser unit. You can even use a garden hose to periodically clean your condenser coils. (Make sure you turn the breaker off first!)

If you rely on a window A/C unit during the summer, do not plug it into an extension cord or power strip. It should have its own dedicated outlet. Before installing it, make sure the window and frame are in good condition—there should be a metal bracket, mounting rails or some sort of firm support system. If the unit doesn’t fit, do not try and force it. Never put anything on top of the unit.

Since these units are exposed to the elements, they tend to be more at risk for a fire or other dangers. To prevent these risks, never position them where water is or could spill. Clean or replace filters as instructed and continue to inspect cords for damage regularly.

If you fancy a fan to keep you cool, here are some quick safety tips to follow this summer:

  • Only purchase fans that have been tested in a recognized, independent lab.
  • Check for product recalls at cpsc.gov.
  • Double check that air intakes are not blocked.
  • Keep fans away from water.

Finally, always be aware of changes in your A/C unit. You should know when something sounds out of the ordinary. If you see wires sticking out of the A/C unit, or if you see leaking refrigerant or hear noises coming from the unit, you should take these as signs of trouble. Don’t wait to contact a professional for help—act immediately!

Source: ESFI

Important Board of Director Election Information

  • The director election opens May 16th and runs through 4:30 p.m. on June 9th.  Members in Districts 3 and 5 will begin receiving ballots today.  Those members who have provided email addresses to Kenergy will receive a ballot both electronically and by mail, however, only one ballot per member is counted.
  • Members should not hand-deliver ballots to Kenergy offices. The election is handled by a third party and ballots should be returned in the self-addressed, postage-paid envelope provided. 
  • Members should not mail their Kenergy payment in the envelope provided for the ballot return as it will not be received by Kenergy, but will be sent to the third party administrator for the election. 

Anyone with questions about the election should contact Debbie Hayden at dhayden@kenergycorp.com or 270.689.6101.

All Kenergy Offices Closed May 30th For Memorial Day

All Kenergy offices will be closed Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day holiday. We hope you have you have a safe and healthy holiday with family and friends.

As always, you can drop payments at our nightly drop box, make payments on our SmartHub app or by accessing your account 24/7.

Kenergy Announces 2022 Washington Youth Tour Delegates

Each year, Kenergy selects three high school juniors to attend the Washington Youth Tour. A team of Kenergy-area judges selected students based on their academic resume and a 1,000-word essay on the subject of their choice. Kenergy is thrilled to announce the three delegates for the 2022 Washington Youth Tour.

Kenergy's 2022 Washington Youth Tour delegates visit Frankfort in March.

Conner Blackburn of Hanson – Conner is the son of Ashley Blackburn. He attends Madisonville North Hopkins High School.

Jennavieve Luppino of Centertown – Jennavieve is the daughter of Brad Luppino. She attends Abreka Academy.

Noah Norris of Owensboro – Noah is the son of Scott and Jaime Norris. He attends Daviess County High School.

The delegates will travel to Washington, D.C. for an all-expense paid trip in June. The week-long trip will allow students to learn about leadership, the cooperative model, and also explore the nation's capital. Our delegates will tour Gettysburg, the Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, the FBI Building, the National Zoo, Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol, and the White House to visit with Kentucky’s congressional delegation to learn more about energy issues.

More than 1,500 students from across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has been coordinating this program since the 1950’s.
Congratulations to this year's winners!

Pictures courtesy of Rebecca Sams.

2022 Board of Directors Election

Kenergy member-owners of Districts 1, 3 and 5 will have the opportunity to vote this year for a director in the upcoming election.

Kenergy’s bylaws stipulate that any uncontested candidate will be declared the winner of the board seat without an election. By virtue of being the only candidate nominated, incumbent Craig Roberts of District 1 will retain his seat for another three-year term.

Chris Mitchell has represented District 3 since 1997 and is being challenged by Ryan Hammack who submitted a petition to have his name placed on the ballot.

Bill Denton, who had represented District 5 since 1994, resigned from his position in early February. His term as the District 5 representative expires in June of this year and he had previously announced that he did not plan to seek re-election. Two candidates, Mike Hazelwood and Tom McFarland, each filed a petition to have their names placed on the ballot.

Ballots will be mailed in mid-May. Members have the option of voting online or by mail. Winners of the election will be announced at the cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at Kenergy’s office in Henderson.

Know The Risks of DIY Tree Trimming

Trees add immeasurable value to your property but maintaining them comes with a cost. They need pruning, sometimes heavy trimming or removal.

The most common types of serious tree trimming accidents are:

  • Electrocution. You can be seriously injured or killed if you come into contact with an electric line. It’s easy to misjudge the height of a tree or length of a branch. If there’s a chance power lines might be involved at all, always call your electric utility first and its experts will come out and advise you. Even when you think there’s room, if the wind blows a limb into a power line as you’re trimming it, you can be electrocuted.

  • Falling. You can be seriously injured or killed if you fall from a tree. Pruning branches or trimming out dead or overgrown limbs sometimes requires getting into the tree. Always make sure you are using appropriate safety harnesses and ropes when climbing. Also wear safety googles, hard hat, gloves, long-sleeve shirt, long pants and appropriate work shoes. Before climbing, inspect the tree to make sure no power lines run through or near the tree.

  • Being struck. You can be seriously injured or killed if you are struck by falling trees or limbs. Cutting large limbs and trees can be tricky. Improper cutting can cause the tree to fall where you hadn’t planned. Always have two escape routes planned ahead of time in case the tree starts going the wrong way. A falling tree hits the ground with great force. Branches and limbs crack, bounce, snap and recoil, especially if dead wood is present. Snapped branches can be flung surprisingly far in multiple directions. Tie off limbs to be cut and lower them to the ground with rope. Never turn your back to a falling tree, and always wear a hard hat when trimming and cutting.

  • Overestimating. You can be seriously injured or killed if you overestimate your abilities.