Your Top 5 Values from Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative:
1.) Local, dedicated employees and trustees serving you:
We are real people: your neighbors, friends, and community movers and shakers. Many of our employees are also PPEC members and get their power from us, so we experience the same quality of service you do, constantly striving to improve wherever possible. Our board of trustees are your neighbors, elected by YOU, and they know the value of a budget and planning for the future, so we hold down costs to make sure your dollar stretches further.
2.) Technology Upgrades:
From computerized maps to smart meters, we’ve invested millions in electric system reliability upgrades to ensure you have a top-notch system providing constant power to your home, farm, or business 24/7/365. Our system backfeeding capabilities shorten your power outage times, and with SmartHub, members can report outages with the touch of a button, immediately dispatching a crew. SmartHub is your all-in-one account management system, allowing you to pay bills, enroll in outage texts, and monitor your energy use.
Sign up for SmartHub here, and be sure to download the mobile app, too!
3.) Not-For-Profit Status:
We aren’t out to make a profit. We are owned jointly by all the consumers we serve, so we have no shareholders. Since our inception in 1936, we’ve returned nearly $23 million to our members through capital credits. PPEC exists to serve its members (who are also part-owners in the cooperative and share equity). Our co-op business model is a night and day difference from the typical investor-owned utility, meaning you save a LOT of money. Learn more about our 7 Cooperative Principles here.
4.) Community Focus:
Our priority is on people, NOT profit. Part of our mission is enriching our local community, pursuing area economic development, and empowering local youth to be the next generation of leaders. That’s why we offer charitable grants through Operation Round Up, give out more than $4,800 in scholarships each year for our members’ children, send two high schoolers on a free leadership trip every year to Washington, D.C., our employees and board volunteer their time, money, and resources to needy area organizations and service projects, and we sponsor events like local fairs, high school proms, Junior Achievement, and more. If our community thrives, so will our members’ lives.
5.) Doing MORE with LESS:
With just over 40 employees, we do a lot in the name of member service. Our crews, managers, and service representatives understand we’re not-for-profit, take on multiple job duties, and strive to be as efficient and productive as possible. We even started an employee shared services project with neighboring Midwest Electric, Tricounty Rural Electric, and North Western Electric cooperatives.
There is no greater value than electricity. The problem is, we all take it for granted. But consider what you can do with just $1 of electricity from Paulding Putnam Electric:
• listen to a stereo for 50 hours
• watch TV for 38 hours
• play video games for 125 hours
• work on a computer for 56 hours
• wash clothes for 20 hours
• dry clothes for 2 hours
• run a dish washer for 6 hours
• run a coffee maker for 10 hours
• toast 2,160 slices of bread
• run a digital clock for 1,667 hours
• dry your hair for 7 hours
• cook in a roaster for 7 hours
• use an electric carver for 103 hours
• run a garbage disposal for 23 hours
• vacuum your home for 8 hours
• microwave food for 9 hours
• keep a 60-watt light on for 167 hours
• run a 9-watt light for 1,111 hours
• run the dehumidifier for 18 hours
• iron clothes for 8 hours
• steam vegetables for 16 hours
• run a blender for 33 hour
The typical family spends only 3 percent of its income on electricity, according to Woods & Poole Economics, Inc. Make your own list of everything you get for only 3 percent of your income.
The average Paulding Putnam Electric bill is less than $6 a day. That’s about the cost of a fast food value meal. Which is the greater value? A Big Mac meal, or everything that electricity does for your family – lights, fans, heat, air, refrigeration, cooking, cleaning, entertainment and so much more.
The average Paulding Putnam Electric bill is less than $40 per week. That’s about the cost for a night out at the movies with your family. Which is the greater value? One night at the theater, or an entire week of everything electricity does for your family – heating, cooling, lights, fans, air, refrigeration, cooking, cleaning, entertainment and more.