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CEC Seeking Veteran for Expedition

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. 

 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Christmas Lighting Savings

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.

 

Scenario          

For comparison purposes, let's use a typical 2-story, single-family house with the following lighting installation: 

 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Apps and 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.

Other companies require special electrical outlets containing communication modules tapped into your home's Wi-Fi network to perform certain functions.

 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Saving Energy at Thanksgiving

 
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: 

 

Watch That Thermostat

Don't let your heating thermostat creep up. You can actually turn it down below your average setting because of all that cooking heat and number of extra people in the home.

 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Selecting the Right HVAC Contractor

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: 

 

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Ceiling Fans and Savings

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.

 

Phone Scam Targeting Members

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. 

 

Attention Members! Planned Outage for Saxonburg Area

A planned outage is scheduled for the Saxonburg area Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. This service interruption will allow West Penn Power to safely work on their metering. If there is inclement weather the outage will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, Nov. 12 at the same time. 

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Please call us at 800-521-0570 with questions or concerns. Thank you.

Ken's Weekly E-Tip: Getting Your Ducts in a Row

Fall is a great time to check your ductwork for problems before the real winter arrives. Energy efficiency studies show that anywhere from 10 to 30 percent of conditioned air is completely wasted due to duct work leakage.

So whether you're a business owner, contractor or homeowner, making sure that your heating and cooling (HVAC) system is functioning at its best is extremely important. 

 

CEC Awards Bright Ideas Teacher Grant

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) recently awarded St. Luke Lutheran School near Cabot a Bright Ideas teacher grant for Mrs. Melissa Busler's seventh grade science class project on energy sources and conservation. The $821.58 check will be used to purchase energy conservation kits and infrared temperature guns. Students will use the kits to explore and make electrical energy from various sources (wind, solar, hand generator, etc.) and convert the electricity into other energy forms. The infrared guns will alert students of potential energy waste at school and in their homes.

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