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Charging Your Phone at Public Ports Could Invite Hackers

You might want to charge your phone before you leave home every day. It turns out that charging it in a public space could put your information at risk.

According to the Washington, D.C., Forensics Lab, when you plug your phone into a USB charging hub at an airport, shopping mall or sports arena, you could be allowing hackers to access to the data on the device.

The lab’s chief of cybersecurity, Tracy Walraven, told Washington, D.C., radio station WTOP that those convenient public ports are an easy target for hackers. Her advice: Invest in your own charger and carry it with you when you’ll be away from home for a while.

The same goes for plugging in while driving a rental car or riding in an Uber or Lyft, which Walraven calls “essentially someone else’s computer on wheels.”

Ports in some cars automatically sync with Bluetooth, which means the car could download your data—from playlists to financial records.

If “it’s a car with a hard drive or data storage mechanism in it, it’s just going to do what it’s supposed to do, which is collect data,” she told the radio station. So hackers could steal more than playlists; they could steal your identity with the information they collect from your phone.

Plugging into public Wi-Fi is risky as well, Walraven says, because anyone who is on the same network could gain access to your data. Try to avoid joining open, public Wi-Fi networks altogether.

And, to be safe, if you’re not using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, turn the settings off on your phone—you’ll avoid being an unnecessary target for hackers and save battery life.

Scam Alert!

SCAM ALERT! We have reports of scammers targeting commercial accounts today. Today’s scammer used a 806 area code number. If you get a call from someone threatening to turn off your power or go to a store like Dollar General to make a payment, hang up and call us at 800-844-4832.

Protect Your Family Members From Electrical Dangers – Even the Ones With Paws!

Picture this all too familiar scene: You walk into the living room after a long day at work and find your dog chewing on something (again). You ask him what he has in his mouth (like he’s going to answer you!). On most days, he’s chewing on your favorite pair of shoes. But this time, an electrical cord in his mouth. Being cute and cuddly won’t help him now. He may have put himself in danger of injury or death and created a shock or fire hazard in your home.

Spending a little time “pet-proofing” your home will help you avoid a pet-related accident. If you have a pet, check out these tips to protect your furry friend from electrical hazards:

  • Small mammals and birds have a habit of gnawing on things, which might include exposed electrical cords. Try to block access to these cords by strategically placing your furniture so pets can’t reach them. Sometimes it’s hard to hide every wire, so you should consider wrapping or encasing them.
  • Most hardware stores sell flexible safety cables and PVC. Aesthetically speaking, they’re not the best solution, but safety comes first. Electrical shock is not the only issue with wires. If you have multiple cables close to each other, your pet might get tangled up and injured.
  • Just like kids, pets hate certain foods because of how they taste. You can purchase a pet deterrent spray from a pet shop and coat your electrical cords to discourage chewing. Another great way to deter them is to give your pet toys to play with. Some dog and cat breeds have more energy, so make sure you understand your pet’s needs.
  • Invest the time in training. You can train a dog to stop chewing the couch, you can train a cat to keep off the counters, and you can train your pet to stay away from wires.

If the worst happens, visit a veterinarian immediately. Remember electrical shocks are life-threatening and should be treated as emergencies. Some symptoms aren’t easy to detect just by looking at your pet.

If you have any other questions about pet electrical safety, reach out to Kenergy for more advice and information.

Net Metering Tariff Amended

Notice is hereby given that an amendment was made to Kenergy’s net metering tariff. The amendment was made to page 46 increasing the maximum rate capacity allowed under the Net Metering Act from 30 kilowatts (kW) to 45 kW. This amendment went into effect on January 1, 2020.

You can read the amended page HERE. 

2020 Director Elections

Prior to Kenergy’s annual membership meeting to be held on June 9, 2020, five individuals will be elected to represent Districts 4, 6, 8 and 9 as well as the large industrial members.

A district director must be a member of the cooperative and must reside in the district he or she represents.

Any 15 or more members may make nominations of eligible persons for district director and any five or more large industrial members may make nominations of eligible persons for the industrial director. Such nominations shall be by signed written petition and must be submitted to the co-op by 4:00 p.m. on February 19, 2020. Only members eligible to vote in a district are authorized to sign a petition nominating a member from that district.

Information about the election is available HERE or you may contact Debbie Hayden at 270-689-6101 or dhayden@kenergycorp.com.

 

Kenergy Offices Closed for New Year’s Day

All Kenergy offices will be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2020 for New Year’s Day. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday with your family!

As always, you can make payments on our SmartHub app 24/7.

We’re Thankful for Those That Got Us Here

The electric cooperative pioneers who joined forces to build our local electric cooperative, which serves our community, are the reason we can all enjoy affordable, reliable and safe energy to turn on lights, watch TV or charge your cellphone.

This Thanksgiving, keep a good thought for those pioneers who helped bring electricity to the rural communities and farms that the for-profit electricity companies refused to serve. Perhaps your grandparents or your neighbors’ relatives were involved in collecting membership fees or signatures as they got things started. Maybe those stories have been passed down to you from your grandparents and parents.

Those people sacrificed so their families could enjoy lighting, heat and the convenience of appliances like electric irons—just like the folks who lived in the cities. They laid the foundation for the at-your-fingertips electric, phone and Internet service that you enjoy today.

When you take your turkey out of your electric oven this season, or when you switch on your electric furnace or heat pump for the first time this fall, remember those who lived without the convenience of electricity—and that they wanted it so badly they literally took matters into their own hands.

Avoid an Energy Spike at Thanksgiving

It’s not unusual for home energy bills to spike around the holidays. Don’t let it happen this Thanksgiving.

  1. Right-size your turkey. Buy a bird that’s just big enough to feed your family. Smaller turkeys cook quicker—which saves energy.
  2. Don’t pre-heat your oven. It’s not necessary for a turkey, which is going to roast for several hours.
  3. Make the dressing on the stovetop. Roasting a stuffed turkey takes longer.
  4. If you’re baking side dishes, put them all in the oven at the same time—if their baking temperatures are similar.
  5. Turn down the temperature on your home’s thermostat by a few degrees once you start cooking. Because you’ll be heating up the kitchen as you use the oven and stove, your home will be warmer than usual.

Kenergy Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

KENERGY OFFICES CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

All Kenergy offices will be closed Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Kenergy employees and their families wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

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For more information about Kenergy, please visit www.kenergycorp.com or call 800.844.4832.