BEC Blog

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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2/28/2020 4:49:01 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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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 9:44:01 AM | BEC | 0 comments
Owning a BEC Solar system is now within reach for more homeowners thanks to an update from partner Sungage Financial,Inc. (Sungage).
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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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