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Visit us on the Internet at: www.vvec.com DECEMBER 2011


Published for the members of Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative A Supplement to Oklahoma Living.


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VVEC Partners with Area Fire Departments to Collect Dues


“It’s just another way we can lend a helping hand,” is how Clyde Willard describes the new service VVEC is offering area fire depart- ments. Willard is VVEC’s director of finance.


Beginning in early 2012 VVEC will help participating fire depart- ments collect their annual dues by including those dues on VVEC’s monthly electric bills. “It’s a win-win situation. VVEC members who are also members of a rural or volunteer fire department will be able to pay their dues at the same time they pay their electric bills,” explains Willard. “Once a month, we will then forward a check to the fire districts for the dues we have collected.


“VVEC members can enjoy the convenience of paying two items with one payment, and fire depart- ments will receive members’ dues without doing all the billing and collecting.” Willard says VVEC has invited all rural and volunteer fire departments in its five-county service territory to take advantage of this service, and already Wann and Owens & Co. near Vera have opted in.


Soon VVEC will mail out invita- tions on behalf of the fire districts to their members who are also VVEC members, offering them this month- ly billing service. Members choosing to participate will need to return the bottom portion of the mailing in an envelope that will be provided. They will send it to their fire department.


The departments will then for- ward all positive responses to the cooperative, who will then begin billing their fire dues monthly.


There is no charge for partici- pating in this service, and members can opt out of the monthly charge at any time.


Members with questions about this program can contact their fire departments. Fire districts interested in participating can contact Willard at 918-371-2584, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Changes to Rebate Program Beginning in January


Beginning January 1, 2012 the SEER/EER ratings are increasing on heat pumps eligible for rebates. Air-to-air and dual-fuel heat pumps will be required to have a minimum of a 16.5 SEER to qualify for rebates. The current SEER is 15.5. Ground source (geothermal) heat pumps must be a minimum of 19.1 EER. The current EER is 17.1. The clothes washer and dishwasher


rebate programs will end June 1, 2012. If you have questions about our


rebate programs, heat pumps or other energy-efficient appliances, please call our member services department at (918) 371-2584, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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