Plugged In: Can I Plant Around the Green Box?
April 5, 2022
Q: Is it OK to plant shrubs to hide the “green box” in my yard?
A: Walton EMC transformers, commonly called “green boxes,” are found in neighborhoods where power lines are buried underground. They are a key part of the system that delivers electricity to you and your neighbors.
Planting bushes, trees or flowers too close to these boxes is not permitted. The same goes for building a fence or placing an object to hide the transformer. Don’t cover this equipment in any way.
Plants or objects can hamper Walton EMC crews from accessing a transformer in the case of an outage or emergency. An outage will last longer if vegetation has to be cut or removed before a box is opened.
Adequate space is also needed for air circulation around transformers. Allowing heat to escape during hot weather extends the life oftheequipment.
Maintain a clearance of at least 10 feet from the sides and backs of underground transformers. Don’t plant anything directly in front (the side with the lock).
Putting It All On the Line
A new generation of line technicians is stepping up to fill the boots of Walton EMC veterans. A part of the co-op’s team of 63 linemen, they are responsible for repairing and maintaining Walton EMC’s more than 7,000 miles of power lines. In recognition of National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18, we talked to […]
Walton EMC Rates Continue to be Favorable
According to the Georgia Public Service Commission’s Winter 2021 Residential Electric Rate Survey, only 12 of the 94 utilities studied posted a lower cost than Walton EMC at the 2,000 kilowatt-hour level of electricity use. The average Walton EMC customer-owner used 2,128 kilowatt-hours in January. The commission surveys the rates of the state’s customer-owned (EMCs), […]
Unclaimed Refunds April 2022
Take a look at these Walton EMC customer-owners who discontinued service. We mailed refunds of deposits and/or membership fees, but the Post Office returned them. If you know someone on this list, please have them contact us at 770-266-2519. Ach Athens, LLC; Adebowale, John; Allgood, David C; Artham Realty, LLC; Axmacher (Jr), Edward H; Barnes, […]
School EmPOWERment Grants Top $2 Million
Walton EMC’s School EmPOWERment Grant program gives schools in nearby communities the chance to boost their instructional and service programs by funding worthwhile projects. Many of the projects are those that local systems don’t have funds for in regular operating budgets. The money that we distribute – over $2 million since the program began just […]
2022 Annual Meeting Coming Soon
Walton EMC will conduct our annual business with a drive-through meeting at our headquarters office at 842 Hwy. 78 NW, Monroe, Georgia on Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 8 to 11 a.m. You can pick up the traditional bucket of gifts, vote on directors and approve the minutes of the 2021 meeting. NEW FOR 2022! […]
Guard Against Cybercrime
Criminals are getting better at using their computers to steal from you. The FBI estimates Americans lost more than $4.2 billion to cybercrime in 2020. Take these steps to improve safeguards against data breaches that can lead to the loss of money or the theft of personal, financial and medical information. Opt in to multi-factor authentication. […]
Electric Bikes are Booming
Another overseas trend is power pedaling its way into American hearts. Unit sales of electric bicycles (e-bikes), long popular in Europe and China, outpaced those for electric and hybrid vehicles combined last year, reports the Light Electric Vehicle Association. WHAT TO KNOW: They’re battery powered. E-bikes are equipped with a battery-assisted electric motor for an extra boost while riding. You […]
Congrats 2022 Youth Tour Delegates
Cam McCullers, Viceka Mehrotra, Michelle Li and Kenna Fortingo were selected to represent Walton EMC during the Washington Youth Tour in June. These students will get a peek at how our state and national governments work and what it takes to be a better leader. The trip includes one-on-one meetings with congressional delegates, visits to […]