On hot summer days, we all try to beat the heat!
High temperatures bring with them high demand for electricity. Longtime members may be familiar with Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative's "Summer Energy Savings" messages featuring photos of animals trying their best to keep cool. Dogs in pools and cats with fans have graced these messages reminding members that temperatures exceeding a certain threshold are designated as likely to bring about increased demand for power, which in turn drives up the cost for utilities to purchase power on particularly hot days. If members work together to take conservation measures, such as shifting high-energy activities like laundry to the evening hours during "off peak" periods when there is lower demand, they can reduce overall demand on Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative's system.
Now, you can enter your own animal companions to be featured in our messages! Just fill out the form below and upload a photo (either new or preexisting) of your animals keeping cool or beating the summer heat. This can include photos of your furry friend, farm animal, or exotic pet swimming, at the beach, lounging by cooling equipment, or in a variety of other scenarios.* See "Rules" section below for specific restrictions
Entries can be submitted through the form below until Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Finalists 2 will be determined by SREC staff and published on our website on Friday, August 27th. Other members and the general public will then have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite photo until Friday, September 3rd, 2021. The winning photo will then be announced on Tuesday, September 7th and the winner will be awarded a deluxe gift basket that includes prizes for both the member and their pet. In addition, the winning member may choose from a list of eligible, local animal shelters or sanctuaries and SREC will make a $250 donation in the winning member's name.
Remember, a hot summer does not have to mean a high electricity bill. We will send Summer Energy Savings messages via Facebook and Twitter, as well as our email list, notifying members of incoming high temperatures and the best measures they can take to reduce their energy consumption and cut down demand, which helps keep rates low for our entire membership. If you'd like to learn more about how you cans save energy, especially on days with the highest demand, you can find a list of energy saving tips here or you can look into our Beat the Peak program which automates the energy-saving process and earns you bill credit incentives. If you upload a photo in this contest, you may even see that photo, with photo credit provided, used in one of next year's Summer Energy Savings messages!
Must be an SREC member to submit a photo and be eligible to receive prizes
By submitting a photo, participating members agree to allow Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative to share said photo for voting purposes and grand permission for the Cooperative to use submitted photos in future "Summer Energy Savings" messaging campaigns, with photo credit.
No animal should be put in danger for a photo. If we receive photos of animals in positions that are potentially dangerous or posed in unnaturally coerced ways that could cause harm, such as posed in a refrigerator, your submission will not be accepted and we will forward the photo to the proper authorities.
- Thursday, July 15th - Wednesday, August 25th - Photo submissions open to members
- Friday, August 27th - Friday, September 3rd - Finalist photos displayed below, voting open to all
- Tuesday, September 7th - Winner announced and notified