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Five Tips for Hiring an Electrician

A licensed electrician can help with a variety of home projects from lighting upgrades to full renovations. Keep the following tips in mind if you’re looking to hire an electrician.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting - April 25, 2022

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the Clay Electric Co-operative Headquarters, Flora, Illinois beginning at 7:00 o’clock p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022.

Before you jump in: consider potential electrical hazards

If you own a pool or hot tub, you know there are several steps required to keep it clean and well maintained. One aspect of owning a hot tub or pool that is often not top of mind for homeowners is the electrical system, which can pose a significant or even deadly hazard.

Since pool and hot tub areas mean wet skin and wet surfaces, the chance of electrocution increases when electricity is present.

Safety tips for before, during and after the storm

Storm season is in full swing. Many summer storms have the potential to produce tornadoes––they can happen anytime, anywhere, and can bring winds more than 200 miles per hour.

From the Manager - June 2022

As we come into summer, we want our members to remember to be safe while outside enjoying the weather and summer activities. Be mindful of overhead power lines when working around the house or hosting gatherings with family and friends. Pools are great fun, but water and electricity don’t mix. Keep electrical devices away from pools where they could be splashed or fall in.


With proper use and maintenance, generators provide great convenience during a power outage. Before you purchase a generator, determine your backup power needs to select the right size. Make a list of essential appliances and devices you’ll want to power during an outage, then total the required wattage.


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Test Your GFCI Outlets Once a Month

The safety functions of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) can fail without notice, so check them monthly. Pick the first or last day of the month so that it is easy to remember.

Selecting a tree? Know its mature height before deciding where to plant

If you are considering planting a tree, carefully select its location before you begin digging. Also, call 811 before you break ground to get underground utilities marked. If trees are planted in the wrong location, they can be expensive to maintain and even dangerous. Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Safe Electricity offer tips on how to pick an optimal location.

From the Manager - May 2022

Spring is here and it is time for spring projects. Be mindful of overhead lines or ground mount transformers while working in your yard this year. It is important to stay attentive while working around the house and to keep a safety mindset.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting - March 28, 2022

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the Clay Electric Cooperative Headquarters, Flora, Illinois beginning at 5:00 o’clock p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2022.

Trustees present were: Bob Pierson, Neil Gould, Bill Croy, Richard Rudolphi, Frank Czyzewski, Frank Herman, Kevin Logan, Josh Schnepper and Evan Smith. Also present were: Matt Conklin, CEO and Tyra Cycholl, Attorney for the Board. The meeting was opened by Bob Pierson, who presided and Neil Gould, acted as secretary thereof.