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The Christmas holiday means that children are home from school or college. It is a great time to teach about saving energy. Here are a few ideas from Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) to get you started.

 

Use Power Strips

Younger adults at home means more electronic device use (laptop computers, gaming systems, chargers, etc.). Encourage them to use power strips that can be turned off when devices are not in use.

 

The Christmas giving spirit is reaching a crescendo as we busily purchase those last minute items. Most of us spend more than we intended, making it a season of "red" for our check books. Here are a few ideas to help save on your energy costs so you have a little "green" when your January electric bill rolls around.

 

Some people like a cold bedroom. If you are not one of them, it can be somewhat expensive to use an electric space heater all night (about $25 to $30 a month). Why not consider an electric blanket as an option. At about 50watts per hour a person, members can stay warm for about $1.30 a month.

 

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) is searching for a veteran from its service territory to nominate for the No Barriers Program. This program sponsors expeditions that mentally and physically challenges rural veterans on outdoor expeditions through mountaineering, rafting and rock climbing. Fifty veterans will participate in the 2017 program, at no cost to them. Veterans must have VA disability ratings to qualify. 

 

Christmas season spells higher energy usage. A good way to save is with LED Christmas lighting.

 

LED versus Traditional Christmas Lights

LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs use a fraction of the energy consumed by traditional Christmas lighting. Below is a scenario that clearly illuminates their energy savings.

 

"There is an app for everything" seems so true these days. It is no surprise that a growing number of household appliances are app-enabled to make your life more convenient, increase comfort and save energy.

Manufacturers are adding communication modules inside home appliances that utilize your cellular network to turn appliances on/off or adjust the thermostat up/down.

 
Thanksgiving is a great time to be with family. It is also a time to cook and eat too much. It is possible to make your Thanksgiving more energy efficient, saving your money and giving you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside after all that over indulging. Here are a few ways to accomplish that: 

 

If you are planning to repair or replace your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, selecting the right contractor is critical to optimum system performance. The contractor is responsible for determining the type and size of the system, explaining options and installing the system in your home. A good contractor should provide a warranty and after-sale service. Here are some tips on identifying the right contractor for the job: 

 

We all know that warm air rises. If your home has ceiling fans, why not use them to increase comfort and decrease winter heating bills by moving that warmth down to you. Here is a simple way to accomplish this.

 

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) is warning members of a phone scam that has targeted its members. The co-op is warning members to be aware of suspicious phone calls from those claiming to be representatives from CEC and offers the following tips:

 

* The phone scammers generally will call impersonating a co-op employee and will demand immediate payment over the phone, via a debit or credit card, and threaten disconnection. 

 

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