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PAGE 6 DECEMBER 2011 LET’S SAVE ENERGY TOGETHER Is there a new appliance on your WISH LIST?


A greener Christmas gift Great gadgets that save you money


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


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We’ll help you make that wish come true.


Choctaw Electric Cooperative’s appliance loan program can help you afford to purchase a new energy efficient appliance for your home. Under the appliance loan program, CEC will loan up to $2,500 on qualifying Energy Star appliances including:


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To qualify for an appliance loan, you must be at least a one-year member of Choctaw Electric Cooperative with a B credit rating or higher.


The appliance loan program is not


to be confused with CEC’s energy resource loans, which typically cover purchases such as storm windows and doors, insulation, roofing and other structural improvements.


Loan applications are found online at www.choctawelectric.org, or call 800-780-6486 for more details.


ith the holiday rush in full swing, now is the time to jump-start your shopping list. I’m pretty sure the idea of


giving a “green gift” might sound, well, a bit dull, you’ll change your tune when you realize the longterm benefits.


Why give efficiency?


Green giving is thoughtful on plenty of levels. The gift ‘getter’ receives a new, useful gadget that helps control electric costs year round. And if the “getter” happens to live under your roof, well, that’s even better.


It’s not hard to choose an energy saving gift. Just be aware of the energy the device uses. Always look for any mention of energy ratings on large appliances and televisions, or choose gifts that don’t plug in.


To truly go green, think solar, reusable, and recyclable when you’re out shopping. Even something as small as the packaging and wrapping can make a difference—to the environment and your wallet.


Men, consider the money and time you’ll save when you skip the expensive store-bought gift wrap, and simply wrap up your gifts in the Sunday sports section. ( No, I am not joking.)


More green gift Ideas


For Decorators: LED Christmas lights ($15-$35). These energy-efficient lights are a lot easier to find these days.They save on high holiday electric bills and stay cool to the touch. For a festive complete package, wrap in a decorative stocking.


For Gardeners: Solar garden lights ($15-$50). Available in endless colors, styles, and sizes, solar garden lights make a nice addition to your favorite green


thumb’s garden. To up the green quotient, wrap in a burlap bag.


For Cooks: Toaster oven ($60 – $140). Especially great for the empty nester or those who cook for only one or two, toaster ovens are a good choice to save energy and a smart alternative to heating a large standard oven.


For Movie Buffs or Sports Fans: ENERGY STAR-rated TV (price based on size).Televisions are getting bigger and better, but before you give something that uses as much electricity as a refrigerator, look for the ENERGY STAR label. It will offer the smallest impact on your electric bills possible.


For Techies: Smart strip ($20 - $40). This


new cutting-edge technology is great for plugging in electronic gadgets. Not your average power strip, smart strips provide designated outlets that make it easy to power down certain devices to save energy while not affecting others plugged into the same strip.


Solar cell phone charger, ($55 - $100+). Help unplug energy-sucking chargers from the wall! Solar chargers can be placed in a window to charge a cell phone or other device like a GPS unit or even an MP3 player anywhere the sun shines, even in your car.


Start looking for green gifts and your’ll be surprised at the optioin.. While it may be the most glamourous option, remember that you’re helping the recipent save money, and you’re helping CEC manage wholesale power


If you wish to speak with a CEC energy use specialist about finding ways to save energy, please call John Drake or Mark Zachry at 800- 780-6486, ext. 233. Remember, CEC offers FREE energy audits for co-op members.


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