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Why Are We Different?

Because Access Energy Cooperative is a cooperative, we often refer to “the cooperative difference.” The differences between electric co-ops and other electric utilities range from the nomenclature used—co-ops serve “members” or “consumers,” not “customers”—to the business model itself. For example, electric co-ops operate on a not-for-profit basis. Revenues above operating costs, called “margins,” are returned […]

Happy 75th Anniversary Access Energy Cooperative Members!!

If you lived in southeast Iowa 75 years ago, you would have experienced a darkness at night so complete it might frighten you now. Except for the feeble orange glow from a lantern carried by a farmer tending his chores, there was no light. If you did not live in the city back then, you […]

Apps That Save You Energy & Money

Remember the days when people kept in touch with far-flung family and friends by writing letters? I’m talking about tangible, handwritten notes on stationery, sent via the U.S. Postal Service with a stamp.      Today, thanks to laptops, smartphones, and tablet devices, e-mail, texting, and social media have changed the way we talk to […]

Fifty Years of Global Giving

Access Energy Cooperative exists because 75 years ago, a group of neighbors banded together to bring electricity—and along with it, prosperity and a better quality of life—to the areas we serve. In 1935, just 10.9 percent of American farms nationwide had access to safe, reliable, affordable central station electric service; by the early 1950s, that […]

What to Look for in an HVAC Contractor

It’s no secret that replacing your heating and cooling system can be a headache. When’s the right time? What kind of system is best? Where can I find a reliable contractor?Because the right contractor remains the critical cog in this process—for determining the type and size of the unit needed, explaining your options, and proper […]

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