Clean Your Washing Machine to Improve Its Efficiency

You’d think that a machine designed to keep your clothes fresh and clean would clean itself. But washing machines need to be cleaned at least once a year.

Think of the dirt, grease and grime that your washer handles on a near-daily basis. They power the worst out of diapers, grass-stained denim, food-stained cotton and more.

Your clothes emerge spotless, but they leave some of that gunk behind. Laundry detergents can build up in the tub, pump and hoses. That build-up can make your washing machine less efficient and also can harm your clothes.

So clean it out. Here’s how:

  • Fill your empty washing machine tub with hot water. Pour in three cups of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda.
  • Remove the fabric softener receptacle and bleach dispenser and soak them in hot, soapy water. Nudge stubborn dirt and stains with a Q-tip.
  • Sponge off the agitator and all the of tub’s surfaces.
  • Use vinegar and a washcloth to wipe down the machine’s exterior surfaces.
  • Check your washer’s hoses for weak spots or leaks. You may need to replace your hoses every five years or so.

4th Annual #WhoPowersYou Contest Now Open

Touchstone Energy is launching their fourth annual #WhoPowersYou contest to honor local heroes making a difference in our co-op community.

Kenergy members can submit nominations about fellow members who are making a positive impact in the community. Nominees are eligible to win cash prizes with the grand prize totaling $5,000! Nominations are simple – just share a photo of the nominee and a brief description of how that person is making a difference in your community.

Contest nominations are now being accepted through September 6th at 

Network Maintenance – August 5th

A vendor for Kenergy will be performing network maintenance on Monday, August 5th at 11:59pm. We anticipate the work to last for approximately 2 hours. Members will not be able to access the SmartHub application to make payments during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Capital Credit Retirement Set to Distribute $2.7 Million Back to Members

Kenergy is continuing its long-standing practice of retiring capital credits to its members. In August, Kenergy will return $2.7 million to its membership. The credit amount represents net margins allocated in years 1990 and 1991.

So, what is a capital credit retirement? Electric cooperatives aren’t like other utilities. We operate on a not-for-profit basis, which means we operate at cost. This means we collect only enough revenue to run and expand business without the need to generate profits for distant shareholders.

You, as a member, own a portion of Kenergy. When we have money left over, it’s returned to you and other members as a capital credit retirement.

This year, we are returning margins earned in both 1990 (100%) and 1991 (85%). Your share is figured by how much electricity you used during that time frame in proportion to the margins allocated. If you were not a member during that 1990/1991 time frame, you will not receive a credit on your bill.

We are proud to say this is Kenergy’s eighth consecutive capital credit retirement. Since 2012, the cooperative has returned more than $23 million to our members and former members.

Cooperatives are businesses that pay you back. Those are tough to find these days. And it’s a great reason to be a member of an electric cooperative.

After you receive your August bill statement, feel free to call us at 1.800.844.4832 if you have questions.

Kenergy Board Election Results

Chris Mitchell was re-elected to another three-year term on the Kenergy board of directors. Mitchell, a grain and livestock producer from Clay, has represented District 3 since 1997. He was opposed in this year’s election by Dr. E. Carolyn Tucker of Dixon.

Incumbents Craig Roberts of District 1 and Bill Denton of District 5 faced no opposition and will retain their seats for another three-year term on Kenergy’s board.


Chris Mitchell
Craig Roberts 
Bill Denton

Power Lines and Farm Equipment: Know What To Do

With farmers returning to the field, Kenergy reminds them of the dangers of power lines.

If you’re inside the machinery when coming in contact with a downed power line…

  • If you can, drive safely away from the downed power line and the source of electricity. Travel at least three tractor lengths, or about 40 feet, before stopping.
  • If you can’t drive or you are injured, it’s best to stay where you are until help arrives.
  • If you must get out of the machinery (for example, if the machinery is on fire), don’t touch the machinery and the ground at the same time with any part of your body or clothing.
    • With the door open, prepare to jump. Stand up, elbows tucked into your stomach and your hands held close to your chest.
    • Jump out and away from the machinery, taking care to land with your feet together and touching. Don’t stumble.
    • Shuffle away with your feet touching. Don’t stop until you’re at least three tractor lengths away from the machinery.
    • Call 911 and ensure that no bystanders come within 40 feet of the machinery.
    • Once away from the equipment, never attempt to get back on or even touch the equipment.

If you’re outside the machinery when you notice a farmer comes in contact with a downed power line…

  • Stay at least three tractor lengths away.
  • Tell the person on the machinery to stay where he or she is.
  • Call 911 and ensure no bystander moves within 40 feet of machinery.

Leslye Krampe Receives National Recognition

An employee of Kenergy has earned recognition as a professional key accounts manager in a nationwide program offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Since 1998, when the program began, over 450 electric marketing professionals have attained certification to become a Certified Key Accounts Executive (CKAE). The CKAE program is entirely voluntary. Leslye Krampe, Kenergy’s Commercial Accounts and Economic Development Specialist, earned her certificate earlier this month.

In order to obtain the certificate, Krampe had to complete coursework, pass an exam, and submit business and marketing plans for evaluation. Her written plans were judged by an outside business professional for content and strategic acumen.

The CKAE certificate is offered by NRECA in order to improve service to commercial and industrial accounts. This is done through the establishment of business goals, identification of key-account profiles, the practice of professional sales management, and the application of sound decision-making processes.

NRECA is the national organization for more than 900 rural electric utilities that provide electricity to approximately 42 million consumers in 47 states and sell approximately twelve percent of all electric energy sold in the United States. Most NRECA members are member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.

Be A Good Neighbor

It’s hard enough to endure the hot summer heat when you’re healthy, fit and have an air-conditioned home. Not everyone is as prepared as you are.

Keep an eye on your neighbors and others who might need some help getting through the hottest summer days, which can put people at risk for heat-related illnesses and can exacerbate existing medical conditions.

Doctors recommend that you spend the hottest part of a sweltering summer day indoors enjoying the air conditioning.

But those whose homes don’t have air conditioning or who can’t afford to turn it on, the risk is acute. That’s especially true for the elderly or ill, who could be at risk for heat stroke or even death.

If you know someone whose house might get too hot to handle this summer:

  • Call them or stop by to check on them every day.
  • Use a neighborhood association directory or your own personal contacts to arrange a phone tree so others can help check on neighbors who live alone when you’re not able to.
  • Encourage neighbors or family members to use air conditioners during the hottest part of the day or spend it in an air-conditioned public place, like a mall or library.
  • If you find someone in medical distress because of the heat, call 911.
  • Some states and counties encourage residents to help keep their neighbors safe through campaigns like Check on Your Neighbor. Your local Salvation Army or hospital can tell you about programs already in your area. Or you can start one in your own neighborhood.
  • Show your neighbors you care enough to check in. You could save someone’s life.

Water, Water Everywhere – But Not Near Electricity

On summer days, you’re likely to take more showers than usual after swimming, playing outdoor sports or working in the yard.

So, it’s a good time to make sure your bathroom is a safe place.

The bathroom is one of the few places in the home where electrical appliances and water have a great chance to meet—and a great chance to cause electrical shock or death.

If you have kids, the bathroom can be a room of hazards—electrical or otherwise—waiting to happen. But it doesn’t have to be. Try these tips to dampen the danger:

  • Use a bath mat with a non-skid bottom on the floor and use a non-slip mat or decals on the floor of the tub.
  • Keep medications and vitamins in their original containers to avoid confusion, and always choose child-resistant caps. Keep medications and cleaning supplies locked away if there are small children around.
  • Make a storage space under the counter and out of the way for hair dryers, curling irons and other electrical appliances. Get in a habit of placing these appliances there when they are not in use. They are hazardous with water contact. Educate children on the dangers of mixing water and electricity.
  • Use nightlights in the hallway and bathroom for easy bathroom access at night.
  • Don’t leave children unattended during bath time. If you have toddlers, use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
  • Check the temperature of bath water and fully fill the tub before putting children in. Tap water can instantly scald if you let it run too hot. Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to guard against burns, but keep bathwater at 100 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.