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December Energy Tips

While cold temperatures mean higher heating bills, don’t forget some easy steps to make your home more energy and cost effective this winter.

And, as you shop for the holidays, why not consider some energy efficient gifts. Save your loved ones money all year long when you gift them items that will use less energy.

You are welcome to contact me with questions, or to make a topic suggestion. Please email me at lhensley@central.coop.

 

”A lot to be Thankful For” Nov. 22, 2018

As I type this our crews and those that assisted us are working to restore the final outages of what has been a nearly week-long storm event. I wanted to thank our membership for their patience, resiliency and graciousness throughout this event.


The ice, heavy wet snow and wind that came through the area has brought with it many challenges that forced us to engage many of our contingency plans:

Life of a Lineman: The Unsung Hero

Although CEC did not create this video the information is true. During this period of long term outages, please know that CEC's dedicated linemen are working in this cold, wet, snowy weather around the clock to restore your power. 


#ThankALineman

 

 

Understanding Power Outages

While CEC does everything it can to reduce the possibility of outages to your home or business, they do occur. There are a variety of reasons power outages can occur, including severe storms causing mass destruction, tree limbs coming into contact with power lines, vehicles crashing into utility poles, and animals such as squirrels causing short circuits while climbing electrical equipment.

Staying Safe and Warm During a Winter Power Outage

Last week's winter storm brought ice, snow, and power outages. 


Here are some tips on how to stay warm during a winter power outage: 
 

The Outage Restoration Process

When you call CEC to report an outage, your outage information and any damage you report is entered into our outage management system. This information is reviewed and summarized along with information from other members who've reported outages. This helps us to map and pinpoint the trouble areas and efficiently dispatch repair crews.

November Energy Tips

According to Energy Star, 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated. Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation can help you be more comfortable and can save up to 11 percent on your home’s energy bills. A current promotion by Energy Star, Rule Your Attic, will offer some insight into what our homes should have and how to make improvements.


You are welcome to contact me with questions, or to make a topic suggestion. Please email me at lhensley@central.coop.

 

October Energy Tips

Making an effort to save energy in our homes tends to be one of those things we often put off for another day. From big tasks like heating and cooling to small changes in our habits, there are seemingly endless ways to be more energy efficient. In this newsletter, we will share some simple things to consider and will direct you to energy-saving resources.

You are welcome to contact me with questions, or to make a topic suggestion. Please email me at lhensley@central.coop.


 

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 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. 

 

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