November 2023 Energy Works Newsletter - pnmprod
Energy Works - November 2023
Scammers love Thanksgiving
A phone scammers job is to trick you into paying them your hard-earned money. They know that during Thanksgiving, when you are dependent on your cooking devices to make a special meal for your family and friends, you might be more susceptible to their scam.
Once they have you on the phone, the scammer says they are with PNM, claims you are behind on your bill and threatens to disconnect your electricity unless you pay within an hour. Don't be a victim of scammers.
Here is what to watch for:
- The scammer has a caller ID that reads PNM or will add a 505-prefix trying to localize the number.
- They may know your name and address and will claim you are past due on your PNM bill.
- They only take payment over the phone via a prepaid card, gift card, electronic transfer or digital bank accounts such as PayPal or Venmo.
- Scammers will claim a technician is on their way to disconnect your power and demand you pay within a short window of time, typically in 1-hour to avoid disconnection.
- If the caller is calling at odd hours, during the weekend or on a holiday, it's most certainly a scam.
The only time PNM will ask for money is if you have received a disconnect notice on your bill.
PNM Reduce Your Use Grants
Forty nonprofits in New Mexico are now able to put more money into their missions while also improving their facilities. Projects include new windows, tree planting, efficient lighting, new refrigerator/freezers, solar, air purifiers, and laundry systems. This year's grant recipients received a total of $200,000 from the PNM Resources Foundation. Nonprofits that received the grant include the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Foundation, Santa Fe Children's Museum, ARCA, La Familia Medical Center, TenderLove Community Center, Saranam, OASIS Albuquerque, Rio Grande Food Project, R4Creating, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, National Institute of Flamenco, Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, NDI and more.
Visit Our grants page to see the complete list.
Receta de Galletas de Nuevo México Biscochitos
1 pound lard
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons anise seed
2 eggs, beaten
6 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup brandy*
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Yield: 5 dozen
Temperature: 350 degrees F
Baking Time: 10-12 minutes
- Cream lard, sugar, and anise seed in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs and beat well.
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Alternately add flour and brandy to creamed mixture until stiff dough has been formed.
- Knead dough slightly and pat or roll to a ¼-inch to a ½-inch thickness. Cut dough into desired shapes.
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Dust the top of each cookie with a small amount of mixture.
- Bake in a 350-degree F oven for 10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.
- *Varied amounts may be used. Bourbon or sherry may be substituted.
National Native American Heritage Month
November marks Native American Heritage Month, offering a valuable opportunity to explore, appreciate, and celebrate the heritage, customs, and contributions of the Indigenous People of New Mexico. This nationwide event, observed every November, holds particular importance as it allows us to honor the enduring cultures and indispensable contributions of Native American communities across the United States. This month is not only a time to recognize their rich heritage but also to acknowledge the historical challenges faced by Native Americans, promoting awareness, and understanding.
PNM recognizes the significant Native American population and communities we serve and remain dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. PNM actively supports Indigenous causes, investing in educational initiatives, and collaborating with local tribes on energy and environmental projects. Through these endeavors, PNM aims to foster respectful relationships with the 23 New Mexico tribes, while enhancing awareness and appreciation for their traditions and roles in society.
PNM serves community in a big way with a Day of Service
Over 500 PNM employees volunteered with over 40 projects with local nonprofits and other organizations, statewide, during PNM's annual Day of Service about a month ago. It was a beautiful day full of laughter and of course, sweat, as volunteers rolled up their sleeves to serve New Mexico's amazingly dedicated nonprofits.
Employees beautified and cleaned local parks, community spaces, memorials, and cemeteries. They also volunteered with local food banks, food pantries, and food harvesting organizations that provide fresh produce to help combat food insecurity. Others supported organizations that serve Veterans, families, and service animals, and assisted with securing services for those that may be unhoused. Diverse organizations and needs were supported through direct volunteerism by hundreds of PNM volunteers. Volunteers donated over 2,600 hours of service to our communities. We're all stronger together.
Visit our community page to learn more.
Space heaters: Comfy but expensive and dangerous
Space heaters can be popular this time of year, but they can be dangerous to use and can cost you more than most other heating. One space heater on high for 6 hours a day can add approx. $40 or more to your PNM bill. If you're going to use one, use it sparingly and turn it off before leaving the room.