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August 2018 Energy Tips

Photo of Laura HensleySwitching to LED bulbs might be the easiest and most inexpensive way to reduce energy usage in your home. The average household has 70 light bulbs and nearly 6 percent of sockets in the U.S. still contain incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and have many other benefits.

New Phone Scam Targeting Members

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) is warning members of a phone scam that is targeting its members. Scammers are calling members stating that a service order has been issued to disconnect their electric service.


CEC will not call and demand immediate payment over the phone via a debit or credit card. Service termination is always initiated with an electric bill statement, followed by a written letter. If you are unsure that the caller is associated with your co-op, hang up and immediately call the office at 1-800-521-0570.

CEC Invites Members to Annual Meeting

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) invites members to celebrate 81 years of service by attending its annual meeting Friday, Aug. 24, at Whitehall Camp & Conference Center in Emlenton. Members will elect cooperative board members from Armstrong and Butler counties, learn what is happening in the electric industry and enjoy great entertainment and food.
 

Registration will open at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 
 

July Energy Tips: Room Air Conditioners

When installing your room air conditioner this year, be sure to keep the following in mind for the most comfortable and energy efficient results.
 

Summer Safety Tip

Electricity is essential energy — it keeps us cool in the summer, lights our house, keeps the refrigerator cold, and runs the TV, stereo, and computers. However, water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Whether it’s swimming, boating, or fishing, Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) reminds everyone to avoid electrical hazards during water recreation.

 

Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

June 2018 Energy Tips

Energy Star

When buying new items for your home or remodeling, consider products that are Energy Star certified. The Energy Star logo is a government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. Products meeting this certification are the most efficient of their type on the market. Purchasing these certified items will lead to greater savings over the product's life. 

 

CEC Continues to Improve System Reliability: Substation Pole Inspection

As part of Central Electric Cooperative's (CEC's) ongoing effort to improve system reliability, contracted pole inspection crews will be inspecting poles on circuits originating from Nectarine, Mineral, and Sandy Creek substations in Venango County. Pole inspections will occur out of the Starr substation (German Hill area) in Forest County if funding permits. 

 

It's Time to Upgrade to the Latest Version of your Web Browser

As cyber threats can happen anytime, we want to ensure SmartHub is as secure as possible. To do that, we've increased our encryption security for our SmartHub web and mobile solution.
 

Ken's E-Tip: High Winter Bills

February doles out some of the highest annual energy costs.

We cannot change the cold weather. But here are some ideas to make changes in your home that can save energy:

 

Lighting 

Replace standard bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) lamps that last between six to 12 times longer and use five times less energy. Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs last even longer, 13 to 15 years, and use about 30 percent less than CFL lamps. LED lamp prices are dropping sharply, making them an affordable choice.

Ken's E-Tip: Phone Scam Warning

Local PA state police have  been receiving reports of phone-scam ring calls. Please be advised that if you receive a phone call from someone posing as Central Electric Cooperative threatening to "shut off your electric" unless paid in "MoneyPak" or some other form of untraceable payment method, be sure to call our office at 800-521-0570 to verify that we made a call to you concerning your account.

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