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Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Planting Trees to Save Energy

Springtime has everyone wanting to get outdoors and plant things. Planting the right tree in the right place is one way to save energy. The right tree can provide wind protection, shade and cool air, while adding beauty, privacy, and wildlife habitat to your landscape.

The right tree in the right place also means to pick and plant the right tree so as to minimize conflicts with power lines. Many power outages are caused by trees contacting electric lines. 

 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Water Heater Savings

An electric water heater  is second only to space heating and cooling in monthly energy use. A heat pump water heater can reduce water heating costs by half. If you're not ready for making a large water heater investment, over $1,000 just for the tank, here are some ways to save money with your current water heater:

 

Take Short Showers Instead of Baths

Savings depends on your family's bathing habits. A long, hot shower may use a lot more hot water than a bath where the tub isn't filled to the brim.

 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Refrigerator Savings

Refrigerators use energy whether members are sleeping, away for work, on vacation or watching television. And most homes have more than one. Here are some helpful maintenance tips to save some cash:

 

CEC's Evankovich Promoted

John Evankovich of Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) has been promoted to manager of operations.

 

"John is well prepared to step into the manager of operations' role, having more than 34 years of experience in various positions within the operations area of CEC," states Assistant General Manager/COO Fred Terwilliger.

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Federal Energy Tax Credits

The April 15 tax dead line is quickly approaching. Congress has extended some energy tax credits for home  improvements completed up to Dec. 31, 2016. This will be everyone's last chance to take advantage of them. Credit refunds fall into three categories:

  • 10 percent of material costs up to a $500 refund.
  • Specific dollar refund amount.
  • Renewable Energy Systems.

Improvements must be made to an existing home or principal residence between Jan.1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2016. New construction or rentals do not qualify.

 

The Great Wind Storm of March 8 & 9

Tree roots were already saturated from heavy rains earlier in the week when a 12-hour wind storm swept across Central Electric Cooperative’s (CEC's) seven-county area of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Mercer and Venango counties March 8 and 9.

CEC Announces Scholarships

Central Electric Cooperative of Parker is excited to announce its 11th year of offering our Good Neighbor Scholarship program. Eligible candidates include adult members wishing to further their education, as well as currently enrolled college or trade school students and high school seniors. Ten scholarships of $2,000.00 each will be awarded in early May 2017. 

 

Eligibility requirements are as follows: 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Keeping Pets & Electric Bill Comfortable

Keeping pets comfortable at home this winter while you are away at work does not have to drive up your electric bill. Do not assume that pets want the same comfort level as the rest of the family. Most dogs and cats can be happy with a wider range of temperatures. An exception might be an older pet or one with medical issues.

Here are some tips to keep them cozy while conserving energy.

 

Sleep Areas

Provide warm sleeping options throughout your house, like a pet bed with a blanket.

 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Electric Space Heaters

Electric space heaters are a good way to provide extra heat for rooms that seem to stay cold or for someone is always chilly. 

Please remember that they are single largest contributor to high winter electric bills and a leading cause of home fires. 

 

Cost Calculation 

All space heaters are rated in watts found on a tag located on the back of each unit. Most heaters are 1,500 watts.

CEC's Fred Terwilliger Promoted

Fred Terwilliger has been promoted to assistant general manager/chief operating officer for Central Electric Cooperative (CEC), located in Parker.

Fred holds a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering degree from Grove City College.

After graduation, Fred began his career at CEC in 1989 as an assistant staking engineer. He progressed through the positions of system engineer, manager of engineering, and director of engineer and operations. 

He and his wife, Jenny, have four children: Reed, Cole, Makayli and Josey. They reside in Emlenton.

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