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PAGE 6 OCTOBER 2011 LET’S SAVE ENERGY TOGETHER


Now’s the time to seal those leaks Cold drafts can drain your home of heat—and empty your pocketbook


BY JOHN DRAKE 


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For a lifetime of energy savings....


Marathon goes the distance!


If you’re looking for a water heater that will save you a bundle a money and last forever, ask CEC about Marathon water heaters. Marathon water heaters are the most efficient units on the market today—and their seamless, insulated design comes with a lifetime guarantee against leaks!


Choctaw Electric Cooperative offers Marathon water heaters to members at wholesale prices. Please contact us today for sizes


and details. 800-780-6486 www.choctawelectric.coop


asting energy and wasting money have a lot in common. In order to correct the problem, you need to know


where that energy—and hard earned cash— are going.


One quick and easy way to tighten up your belt and lower energy costs, is to find and seal air leaks in your home. Believe me, preventing cold air from sneaking into your home this winter will save you money on your home heating bill.


When a member invites me to do an energy evaluation of their home, drafts seeping in around windows and plumbing pipes are a common problem. The good thing is this is a relatively easy fix. It’s also very inexpensive.


For the price of a few tubes of caulking, sealing cracks and openings in your home can save you as much as $212 a year.


A good way to find cracks is to wait for a windy day and then carefully hold a lit incense stick next to your windows, doors, electrical outlets, and other spots where outside air may infiltrate. If the smoke stream moves horizontally, you’ve found a leak that needs to be sealed.


I recommend using waterproof, flexible, and long-lasting silicone caulk to seal cracks and gaps that are less than one-quarter-inch wide. First, remove any old caulk and clean the surface before applying new caulk.


Remember, fresh caulk takes several hours or


longer to dry, so it’s best to do the job on a dry day when humidity is relatively low and the temperature is above 45°F. You can also use low-expansion spray foam to seal leaks, but be warned: It will expand, and it can get messy.


Before heating season gets here, I encourage you to check your home for leaks, and repair them. You’ll enjoy a warmer home, and a lower energy bill.


For other tips on how to save energy—and money—visit [www.energysavers.gov, Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives energy- saving website,www.TogetherWeSave.com or CEC’s website at www.choctawelectric. coop.


For energy use questions or to schedule a free energy audit, please call John Drake or Mark Zachry at 800-780-6486, ext. 233.


BY JOHN DRAKE 


We offer low interest loans for small and large appliances. 800-760-6486


CEC


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