Spring is Here! Time to Save, Be Safe, & Be Smart

Spring cleaning can have energy saving benefits!

  • An air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. After pollen season is a good time to clean your unit and have it serviced.
  • Washing the windows and screens can also help you save! Clean windows and screens make the
    home brighter by allowing more daylight and fresh air into the home and reduce the need for using
    lighting fixtures and lamps.

Spring into Safety

Whether you’re flying a kite or fixing up your yard, here are some important outdoor safety
tips for you and your family.

  • Keep away from all overhead wires, especially power lines and stay away from utility poles,
  • guy wires and pad-mounted transformers. Do not climb on any electrical equipment.
  • A kite in power lines is a lost kite — never try to retrieve it!
  • Ladders conduct electricity. Keep them at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Inspect power tools, extension cords and appliances for fraying cords, broken plugs or damaged
    housing. Repair or replace damaged items and unplug outdoor tools and appliances
    when not in use.
  • Electricity and water do not mix — never mow a wet lawn with an electric lawnmower,
    trimmer or edger. Never attempt to trim trees that are close to or touching power
    lines. If you see tree limbs on power lines, contact Fayetteville PWC immediately
    at 910-483-1382.

Smart Spring Planting Tips

  • Don’t plant anything within 9 feet from the front and 3 feet from each side of a green PWC transformer box (underground electrical transformer). Trees, shrubs and flowers planted too close impedes our lineworker’s ability to make repairs and restore your power. If necessary, PWC may remove these obstructions without notice and this delays power restoration to you and your neighbors.
  • When planning improvements to your property, know the locations of right-of-way and utility easements before you plant. Because both are necessary for ongoing utility maintenance, avoid planting in those areas or placing permanent structures (such as fences, flagpoles, houses, sheds, pools and decks). Obstacles and obstructions can cause delays in utility repairs or service restoration.