Programs & Services
Outdoor area lighting is an effective way to illuminate the outdoors during the night, at times when you need it most. Area lighting can be a great measure against intrusions or just simply a great way to increase the feeling of safety at night. Egyptian Electric Cooperative offers fixtures in a variety of different wattages and styles, available to all members of the cooperative for their outdoor lighting needs within our service area at a low monthly rate. All area lights are controlled by a dusk to dawn photo-sensitive device. The lighting is maintenance free. Contact our office to learn your options and current pricing.
Underground Line Locating
Egyptian Electric Cooperative is a member of the Illinois 1 Call system. If you are planning to dig, whether on your property or as an excavator on a job, you are responsible for contacting the Joint Utility Locating Information for Excavators (JULIE) to ensure all underground utility services are located before you dig.
Contacting JULIE before you dig is the law. Besides, digging responsibly is the smartest way to dig. The impact of unsafe or careless digging practices is real and often costly – in terms of personal injury and damage to underground utility lines, property and the environment. The call is free and so are the services.
According to state law, the person actually doing the digging is required to call JULIE (call 811) with the locate request information at least 48 hours (two working days, excludes weekends and holidays) in advance of the start of excavation. You will be provided with a dig number for your records. You must begin your project within 14 days from the time you call and if you want to start your project over the weekend, remember to contact JULIE, Inc. by Wednesday at 4 p.m.
In order to help the utility locator properly identify your project area, JULIE recommends that you mark the area where you will be digging with white paint and/or flags.
Checklist for a Locate Request
- Your name, address, a phone number at which you can be reached and a fax and/or pager number, if available, as well as an e-maill address;
- County and city or county and unincorporated area of township;
- Location at which the excavation will take place, which may include but not limited to, address, cross street (within 1/4 mile), subdivision name, etc.;
- Start date and time of the planned excavation;
- Type and extent (size of excavation area) of the work involved, including if white paint, flags or stakes were used to outline the proposed excavation area; and
- Section and quarter section number (if available).
What happens after contacting JULIE?
Within two (2) working days of your contact with JULIE, a representative from each member utility company (not a JULIE staff person) will mark the location of their underground facilities with paint and/or flags at the excavation site. Make sure that your property is accessible. The utilities are only required to mark the facilities that they own, not privately installed or owned lines or facilities. Privately owned services may include water and sewer services, as well as electric and gas lines to a garage or workshop.
Remember, you may not begin your excavation before the dig start time of your ticket, even if all utilities have been marked. However, your excavation project must begin within 14 days of your contact with JULIE.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL) Recycling
Did you know that you can recycle your CFL bulbs at our office(s) free of charge at any time?
You may wonder why it is important to recycle any compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), but in fact recycling prevents the release of mercury into the environment. CFLs, and other fluorescent bulbs, release small amounts of mercury into the environment. Mercury, an essential part of CFLs, allows a bulb to be an efficient light source. On average, CFLs contain about four milligrams of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. By comparison, older thermometers contain about 500 milligrams of mercury – an amount equal to the mercury in over 100 CFLs. No mercury is released when the bulbs are intact (i.e., not broken) or in use, but CFLs can release mercury vapor when broken.
EPA recommends that consumers take advantage of available local options for recycling CFLs, fluorescent bulbs and other bulbs that contain mercury, and all other household hazardous wastes, rather than disposing of them in regular household trash. To find out more information visit www.epa.gov/cfl/recycling-and-disposal-cfls.
Usage Monitor Check-Out Program
Worried about phantom load? Want to know if you’ll save by buying a new appliance? We can help with our Kill A Watt™ usage monitor checkout program.
Sometimes a one-time use of a kilowatt meter can help you assess the need to unplug a space heater, detect a phantom load or determine the amount of savings possible by switching from an old appliance to a new one. Kill A Watt™ meters can be checked out from our office, much similar to checking out a book at the library. Meters are available for member use for two weeks and are subject to a $30 late fee.
Visit Egyptian Electric Cooperative’s office to check out a meter today!