BEC Blog

9/14/2021 12:44:37 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Parents should teach children a valuable, potentially lifesaving lesson: Respect electricity.
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9/10/2021 12:42:07 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Before your lawn goes dormant for the season, give it a little pampering so that it will look its best next year. Some care and maintenance now can mean a thick and verdant lawn next spring.
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9/7/2021 12:37:56 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Consider upgrading your home with a few smart gadgets that can make life easier and save money and energy.
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9/3/2021 12:26:39 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Have you ever noticed your lights blink during a thunderstorm? Or perhaps you’ve returned home to found your microwave clock blinking despite a sunny day.
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9/2/2021 12:16:18 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Scammers’ tactics can change daily, which is why it’s important for consumers to stay on top of the latest scam reports.
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9/1/2021 12:28:48 PM | BEC | 0 comments
An old story gets a new beginning.
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9/1/2021 12:19:42 PM | BEC | 0 comments
As BEC lineman drove to Kerrville, they they noticed a dozen or so bags scattered across the road just ahead. They weren’t sure what was in the bags, but they knew a traffic hazard when they saw one.
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8/31/2021 12:10:16 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Homeowners have a chance to make up for some of the energy-heavy months they spent at home.
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8/27/2021 11:57:44 AM | BEC | 0 comments
It might not seem like it now, but colder weather is on its way, even if it takes a while to get to Texas. September is a good time to start planning how you’re going to save energy in your home during the colder months.
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8/24/2021 5:15:35 PM | BEC | 0 comments
There was a time when dial-up internet was all we had. These days, we’ve progressed to something called broadband. In a nutshell, broadband is high-speed internet service that’s always on and faster than the old dial-up service.
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8/1/2021 2:37:38 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Although seemingly innocent enough, putting signs or other items on utility poles creates serious safety hazards.
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6/28/2021 4:21:22 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Pipe Creek resident restores general store and dance hall to bring community together.
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6/11/2021 10:08:18 AM | BEC | 0 comments
There’s a lot of information floating around about electric vehicles, but not all of it is reliable. To help make things easy, here are a few straight facts about EVs you should know.
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6/11/2021 10:02:12 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Air conditioning is a way of life in Texas, but did you know certain houseplants can also work to keep your home cool while saving you money on energy in the process?
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6/2/2021 4:26:41 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Energy-efficient appliances are all the rage these days, and who doesn’t want to save a few bucks? If you’re on the fence about making the decision to upgrade, here’s some information that could help.
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5/20/2021 12:26:21 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Just as you can cut back on driving to save fuel, you also can limit the amount of electricity you use at home by cutting excess.
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5/17/2021 12:25:36 PM | BEC | 0 comments
It’s time to invest in a few upgrades that will keep your house more comfortable and help you do your part to use energy wisely.
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5/13/2021 12:16:55 PM | BEC | 0 comments
If you use a portable generator for lights, TV or heat in your RV, it’s important that you remember to take safety precautions against carbon monoxide poisoning.
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5/10/2021 12:13:54 PM | BEC | 0 comments
If you scrape the lint out of your clothes dryer’s lint trap after every load, you’re doing a lot to prevent the appliance from catching on fire. But you could do more.
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5/6/2021 12:12:18 PM | BEC | 0 comments
May’s designation as National Electrical Safety Month makes it a good time to review electrical hazards and think about how to keep common household dangers at bay.
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5/3/2021 10:11:44 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Despite our best efforts, storms, falling tree limbs, vehicles and animals can cause outages. Whatever the reason, BEC always works as fast as it safely can to get your power restored.
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4/27/2021 10:01:44 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Your electrical contractor should be fully licensed through the state for a variety of reasons.
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4/27/2021 9:50:41 AM | BEC | 0 comments
BEC uses more than 100 air break switches at key points along 4,600 miles of power lines. Those air break switches have the potential to keep the lights on for hundreds, if not thousands of members during the worst of times.
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4/23/2021 4:51:20 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Tell your representative or senator to stand with cooperatives this legislative session. After all, you are a member-owner of your cooperative.
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4/22/2021 10:02:28 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Checking, changing or cleaning your air filter once a month saves money and extends the life of your home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system.
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4/20/2021 9:58:52 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Although it might be tempting to tackle electrical work on your own, there are risks to consider when attempting projects involving electricity.
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4/16/2021 9:35:31 AM | BEC | 0 comments
In a lot of homes, about half of the conditioned air escapes to the outdoors every hour. The good news is that you can stem the tide on your own with a little time and effort.
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4/13/2021 9:56:27 AM | BEC | 0 comments
If you or someone in your home depends on an electrically operated health aid, take these steps to prepare for power outages.
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4/12/2021 4:30:06 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Power is something we often take for granted. We depend on it to work and most of the time it does; but when the lights go out, it’s good to know what to do and not to do.
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4/5/2021 2:50:19 PM | BEC | 0 comments
When our board of directors determines it’s financially feasible and prudent, those capital credits will then be returned, or paid out, to members.
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4/2/2021 2:33:18 PM | BEC | 0 comments
There are several options when it comes to making sure your system is in shape for summer. You can hire a technician to tune up and inspect your system or take proactive steps to ensure it's running efficiently.
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3/30/2021 2:11:20 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Think safety first, especially around electricity, when performing spring chores.
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3/25/2021 2:07:12 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Bandera Electric Cooperative functions under a unique business model: we are member-owned, governed by specific rules and principles, and committed to the Seven Cooperative Principles.
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3/22/2021 2:03:47 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Phony contractors might use a made-up license number to sell products and services such as solar panels and installation, or offer energy efficiency repairs. Be sure to look into the legitimacy of a company before signing anything.
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3/18/2021 1:59:41 PM | BEC | 0 comments
It’s easy to take time-saving tools for granted and forget to put safety first. Here are some useful tips to help keep you and your appliances safe.
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3/15/2021 1:26:49 PM | BEC | 0 comments
An efficient garden can provide a relaxing place to unwind and enhance the energy efficiency of your home.
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3/12/2021 1:13:49 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Spring cleaning time has arrived! It might be hard to get motivated to clean, but cleaning for the sake of saving energy and money might get you moving.
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3/8/2021 12:53:09 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Here at Bandera Electric Cooperative, we’d like to remind you that reducing electricity consumption can be just as green as generating your own power.
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2/26/2021 10:06:51 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Learn about the streaming service options you have for cutting the cord, dropping the dish and watching what you want when you want it.
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2/25/2021 1:34:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Autonomy and Independence is one of the seven principles that govern all cooperatives. Being independent allows BEC to exist solely to serve the needs of its members. 
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2/22/2021 11:10:34 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Small appliances make our lives more convenient but do carry some risks. Here are some ways to keep small helpers from creating big problems.
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2/18/2021 11:21:22 AM | BEC | 0 comments
You might already know that turning the thermostat down a few degrees and throwing an extra quilt on the bed can stave off high winter energy bills.
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2/15/2021 11:14:18 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Many conditions affect the life span of a lightbulb, and some situations can cause lightbulbs to burn out prematurely. Here are some ways to get the most life out of your bulbs.
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2/14/2021 11:24:10 AM | BEC | 0 comments
We want to share some of the reasons to love your electric cooperative.
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2/8/2021 11:08:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
If you’re feeling chilly at home, there are several budget-friendly ways you can keep comfortable without turning up the thermostat.
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2/4/2021 11:04:09 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Improve your comfort and indoor air quality while reducing strain on your home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system by getting a handle
on humidity.
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2/1/2021 10:48:08 AM | BEC | 0 comments
We’ve all heard a few old wives’ tales before, but did you know there are also many misconceptions about home energy use?
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1/11/2021 1:00:56 PM | BEC | 0 comments
The state experienced a great freeze, which spurred high demand for electricity—as most areas were below freezing for several days.
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1/8/2021 12:56:48 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Maintaining home hygiene during the colder months, when many people spend more time indoors, is important to prevent the spread of germs.
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1/6/2021 12:32:32 PM | BEC | 0 comments
To conserve energy and save money on your electric bill, there are energy-saving steps you can take now and ways to realize greater savings later.
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1/4/2021 12:04:15 PM | BEC | 0 comments
A fire in the hearth is a warm and welcoming part of winter for many Texans, but flames inside the home should always be tended safely.
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12/18/2020 3:37:13 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Your wardrobe is ready, but what about your house—is it ready for winter?
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12/14/2020 3:12:39 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Live Christmas trees are beautiful; follow these tips to keep the holidays happy with tree safety.
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12/10/2020 3:10:08 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Decorate your home safely this holiday season to ensure a happy holiday for the family.
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12/9/2020 3:20:21 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Here are a few precautions to take to keep your home and family safe during space heater season.
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12/8/2020 3:00:30 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Consider cost and energy savings when decorating for the holidays with these tips.
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12/4/2020 4:01:02 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Among those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic are small businesses. In rural areas, including those served by BEC, small businesses are often the lifeline of local commerce.
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12/1/2020 11:56:32 AM | BEC | 0 comments
A poem by Clement Clarke Moore, adapted by Bill Hetherington
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11/29/2020 3:20:29 PM | BEC | 0 comments
A whole-house electrical safety check can help prevent injuries, deaths and fires caused by faulty products and wiring.
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11/25/2020 2:54:13 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Follow these 10 tips to keep your energy bill looking as good as Thanksgiving dinner.
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11/19/2020 2:50:20 PM | BEC | 0 comments
As households gear up for the holiday season, keep these tips in mind to control energy costs.
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11/17/2020 2:58:28 PM | BEC | 0 comments
A faulty or damaged electrical appliance can be more than just an inconvenience when it fails to work properly. It can cause damage to property and pose risks to health.
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11/12/2020 3:04:52 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Walk through your home, use this checklist to spot safety hazards and immediately address potential problems to protect older adults in your home.
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11/10/2020 3:10:09 PM | BEC | 0 comments
A smarter home can save time and reduce stress, especially with a home assistant that can integrate all your smart devices, like the Amazon Echo or Google Home.
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11/6/2020 3:15:08 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Air fryers have enchanted the home cooking world as a fast, low-fat way to prepare meals, but you should ensure you're using this wonder appliance safely.
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11/5/2020 2:44:31 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Windows can make or break the energy efficiency of a home. Heat gain and loss through the glass is responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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11/2/2020 2:10:04 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Storms can reveal weaknesses in a home’s roof, but it is best not to wait for bad weather to find out what needs repair. Inspecting and retrofitting a roof—or replacing it if necessary—can help protect your home before extensive damage occurs.
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10/22/2020 10:33:53 AM | BEC | 0 comments
The average American home was built in 1977, which means many homes simply can't handle the demands of today’s electrical appliances and devices. Keep safety in mind with these helpful tips.
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10/15/2020 10:32:44 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Is your electric water heater warm to the touch? If it is, then you need to insulate it. Insulating a water heater can cut standby heat loss by about 25% and save up to 16% on your water heating bill.
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10/8/2020 10:27:59 AM | BEC | 0 comments
If you want hot water from the faucet fast, you might consider installing a hot water recirculation system.
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10/1/2020 4:50:02 PM | BEC | 0 comments
You’ve budgeted for holiday gifts, meals and maybe a vacation—but with money tight, that doesn’t leave much room for home energy efficiency upgrades.
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10/1/2020 12:00:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
FOR MANY LONGSTANDING BEC MEMBERS, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The transformation of the past 50-plus years has seen the arrival of electric cars and newcomers to San Antonio and its suburbs, but cowboys on horseback still ride down Main Street in Bandera.
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9/25/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Roaming fingers could contact electrical current, tangle in wires, topple electronics and bring inappropriate objects to the mouth. Here are some tips to child-proof your media room to help keep little ones safe.
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9/25/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Clothes washers and dryers are among the top energy-consuming appliances, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, but a few changes on laundry day can reduce energy use.
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9/23/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has answers for your questions on lightning safety.
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9/21/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Bathrooms pose a high risk of electric shock because of the potential for electricity to come into contact with water. Follow these tips to stay safe.
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9/17/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
An array of issues and policies unite electric cooperatives everywhere to improve our service and the quality of life of our members—you.
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9/14/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Employers and small business owners want to run their operations as efficiently as possible, and businesses have significant potential to save energy. Here are some ideas for increasing the energy efficiency of your workplace with upgrades or behavioral changes.
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9/10/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
A mini makeover of a manufactured home to increase energy efficiency can yield big savings. Consider the following tips from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to enhance the operation of your home.
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9/7/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Anyone who uses a ladder should take extra precautions when working outdoors around electrical hazards—to prevent shock or electrocution.
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9/4/2020 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
September might seem too early to begin thinking about saving money on winter electric bills, but implementing these 10 tips can help you prepare for the colder months ahead.
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9/1/2020 11:11:50 AM | BEC | 0 comments
These days the terms energy conservation and energy efficiency are often used interchangeably, but they have distinct definitions. The U.S. Energy Information Administration differentiates the two based on behavior and technology.
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8/6/2020 3:26:28 PM | BEC | 0 comments
If you’ve compared your electric bill with a neighbor’s and found your bill to be notably higher, even though your homes are similar in size, you might be wondering why—and how you can lower your bill.
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8/4/2020 3:22:55 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Consider safety while enjoying outdoor swimming this summer.
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8/1/2020 3:01:34 PM | BEC | 0 comments
‘Texas Co-op Power’ gets a new look, but all your favorite content is here to stay.
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5/1/2020 4:58:03 PM | BEC | 0 comments
With summer just around the corner, let’s look at how strategic planting can help cool your home.
Direct sunlight hitting windows is a major contributor to overheating homes during summer months. By planting trees that block sunlight, you can improve comfort and reduce your air conditioning use. If the trees eventually grow tall enough to shield your roof, that’s even better.
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5/1/2020 8:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Every day, we rely on electricity to power our homes and offices. However, it can be easy to take for granted the safety of electric appliances, equipment and power lines. May is National Electrical Safety Month—a great time to raise awareness of how to avoid potential electrical hazards.
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3/12/2020 12:00:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Because of our concern for the safety and health of our members and employees regarding the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, we want to reassure you that BEC has taken several measures to protect you and our employees.
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2/14/2020 10:07:59 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Failed transformers can create a variety of hazards, so it is very important that you know how to recognize them and contact BEC right away.
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2/10/2020 8:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
In the past, home lighting controls were fairly rudimentary. You flipped a switch on or off. Perhaps you had a dimmer switch. To turn lights on when you were on vacation, you plugged a lamp into a gadget with a dial, and it turned the lamp on and off. But today, consumers have more options than ever before.
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2/1/2020 8:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Have you ever wanted to turn off the lights or listen to the news by simply using your voice? That’s the power a digital assistant can provide. These handy products have made their way into homes across the country.
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1/31/2020 8:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
The approach of spring has many gardeners turning their attention to planting plans, but if energy efficiency is one of your goals as a homeowner, you should know that landscaping can beautify your home while helping you control energy costs for years to come.
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12/1/2019 10:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
It’s time to deck those halls—safely. More than 800 home fires are caused by holiday decorations each year. Read these quick tips for a safe holiday season.
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12/1/2019 8:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
There’s no question that holiday lighting can lead to higher energy bills, but the good news is there are strategies that can save you money without dampening your holiday spirit.
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11/14/2019 10:48:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
If you’re planning to be out of town for an extended time during the holidays, take heed of the following recommendations to save some energy and keep your home safe.
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11/1/2019 8:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
During the holiday season, simple changes while cooking can save energy and money. New appliances use far less energy than older ones, but there's more you can do.
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10/28/2019 10:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
You’ve budgeted for holiday gifts, meals, maybe a vacation—but with money tight, that doesn’t leave much room for energy efficiency upgrades at home. Does that mean you’re powerless to lower your electric bill? Not at all. Keep your energy bill cool this winter with these tips and tricks.
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10/18/2019 10:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Air that leaks into and out of homes through cracks, crevices and holes can increase unnecessary energy consumption. Sealing air leaks in your home can produce significant savings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Here are a few improvements and tips that can help make your home more energy efficient.
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10/16/2019 10:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
One of the most common tricks scammers now use involves a spoofing app that they use to create a fake caller ID to trick co-op members into thinking a call they are receiving is coming from their co-op or another local number. Don't be fooled, though.
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10/1/2019 10:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Ask Chris and Kaysi Carter how they conserve energy at their Bandera home, and you’ll get a lot of answers. Read about the Carters and how they added solar to their mix of clean energy and living.
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9/11/2019 11:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Weather and car accidents are the main causes of downed power lines. BEC warns members to use extreme caution near them.
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9/1/2019 3:00:15 PM | BEC | 0 comments
As interest increases, it is important for consumers to fully understand the true costs, the operational reality of this form of energy and actual energy savings. Whether or not you choose to invest in solar energy, BEC is your trusted energy partner, and we are here to make sure you get the facts.
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6/28/2019 10:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
What began with a few remodeling projects in 2017 became a true transformation for the vacation home of two BEC members.
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6/14/2019 12:30:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
BEC members enjoy the most reliable electric service in the state among cooperatives—on average less than 10 minutes of unplanned outage time per member per year. However, temporary interruptions in service can still occur thanks to bad weather, falling trees and branches, misbehaving wildlife and accidents.
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4/30/2019 4:00:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
If you think your internet is running slowly, BEC Fiber has a dedicated way to “speed test” your connection.
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3/15/2019 8:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
If you're not sure what a static IP address is, we've got you covered. We quickly explain what it is and why you may, or may not, need one for your internet connection.
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3/14/2019 1:00:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Sometimes “one size fits all” is great. When considering a solar panel installation, though, what works for one person may not be the best fit for you. It’s important to consider your energy needs and then work with a trusted partner like BEC Solar to design the right size solar array.
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3/7/2019 3:00:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
We explain HD antenna options you can use to cut the cord and watch what you want when you want it without paying a fortune.
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2/7/2019 9:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
We explain the streaming devices you can use to cut the cord, drop the dish and watch what you want when you want it.
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1/15/2019 3:00:00 PM | BEC | 0 comments
Learn about the streaming service options you have for cutting the cord, dropping the dish and watching what you want when you want it.
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1/2/2019 9:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Today, internet connectivity has become an increasingly necessary business tool, and now more than ever, the right kind of internet is one of the best tools you can have.
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12/6/2018 10:00:00 AM | BEC | 0 comments
More Americans are cutting the cord when it comes to cable. By the year 2020, 40 million former cable subscribers will have switched to streaming video using these top services.
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11/14/2018 9:53:21 AM | BEC | 0 comments
BEC hosted a gathering for representatives from its key accounts in November to inform them of BEC's progress and plans for the future.
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11/9/2018 8:50:38 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Thanks to high-speed internet and streaming video services, viewers finally have an option. People can choose to  “stay connected” (to cable or Satellite) or they can “Cut the Cord".
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8/29/2018 9:42:48 AM | BEC | 0 comments

Consumers say they prefer local and community-run broadband networks
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8/29/2018 9:41:32 AM | BEC | 0 comments
The results are in and BEC was named 2018 "Best of the Best" Internet Service Provider by readers of The Boerne Star.
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8/23/2018 3:21:58 PM | BEC | 0 comments
A new report by GTM Research found that between half to three-fourths of Americans cannot access traditional rooftop solar.
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