Eighteen North Carolina electric cooperatives in June sponsored 31 rising high school seniors on the annual Rural Electric Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. In addition to learning about cooperatives and forming their own, the participants toured the U.S. Capitol (shown), and visited their Congressional representatives, Arlington National Cemetery and other Washington area sites. (Photo by Mike Olliver)
Energy Efficiency Tip
Check your water heater thermostat. Many manufacturers set thermostats to 140 degrees, although most households only need a setting of 120 degrees. Each 10 degree drop in water temperature can save you between 3 and 5 percent in energy costs.