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July Energy Tips: Planting Trees for Energy Savings

Thinking of planting some trees in your yard this summer?

If the answer is yes, giving some thought about where to put them could help reduce your energy bill. Not only are trees beautiful, but shading is the most cost-effective way to reduce heat gain from the sun – a good thing in the summer.

CEC Director Election Announcement

Central Electric Cooperative's (CEC's) annual director election opens on July 17, 2020.

To administer the election, CEC has partnered with Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS). This partnership ensures that members' votes are secure, accurate, and anonymous to CEC. It also allows CEC to offer innovative ways to vote.

Over the next few weeks, members will be receiving a variety of communications from CEC and SBS explaining how to vote. To ensure you receive the electronic communications, please add to your approved list of email contacts.

If you have any questions, please contact Renee Tritten, CEC's communication supervisor, at

Please stay safe and know that CEC will continue to operate and provide the highest-quality service possible for you, the members we serve.

Outage Preparedness Kit Winners

Photo of Outage Preparedness KitIn May, Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) encouraged all members to sign up for SmartHub. SmartHub is a web and mobile app that allows you to take control of all aspects of your electric account.

June Energy Tips: Smart Thermostats

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Heating and cooling costs account for around half of a user’s energy bill according to the U.S. Department of Energy. So when it comes to reducing energy use and cutting home energy costs, the most impact can be made by programming the thermostat. The right thermostat settings could yield energy savings of 8-15%, and new technology is making it easier than ever to achieve those settings. Learn more about the most popular smart thermostat options.

CEC Announces Peak Alert Season

June 1 marks the beginning of Peak Alert season for Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) members. Radio and website announcements will be issued when electric demand is highest on hot, humid weekday afternoons. 

By decreasing electricity used during high-demand periods -- when prices are at their highest -- everyone can help stabilize future power costs for all members. 

May E-Tips: Your Home's Electrical System

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Do you notice frequent dimming lights, tripped breakers, warm-to-the-touch light switches, discolored or loose outlets in your home? It may be time for an upgrade or some repairs!

Your home's electrical system is utilized constantly and should be cared for. If you experience issues or it has been decades since the last time an electrician inspected the system, give your home's electrical system some attention.

You Asked, We Listened. Outage Notifications Coming Soon!

link to SmartHubCEC works hard to improve system reliability and keep the lights on, but we all know power outages happen.

COVID-19 Social Distancing & Tips for Managing Energy Use

graphic about social distancingAs we all begin to consider how we transition back to some form of how things were before, it is important to understand that social distancing (standing six feet apart) can protect loved ones and help flatten the curve.

CEC Encourages these Payment Options Due to COVID-19

With CEC's reduced office staff due to COVID-19, the following payment options are preferred. 

If you need assistance with making a payment, please click here to contact a Member Services Representative. 



COVID-19 Resources

As we all deal with the new realities brought on by the coronavirus (or COVID-19), Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) wants to assure you that we are here to help. Early in this crisis, CEC staff updated our Emergency Plan with a special emphasis on ensuring we can continue to provide the reliable electric service you have come to expect from your electric cooperative.


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