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Ceremony launches Smart Energy Source partnership


By Jeff Joiner, CREC


t’s a win-win for Oklahoma State University, our com- munity and for all of our consumers,” said Burns Hargis, presi- dent of OSU, referring to the energy services collaboration Smart Energy Source. Hargis and representatives of each Smart Energy Source partner ad- dressed more than 100 guests at a cer- emony on December 8, marking the public launch of the collaboration de- signed to more effi ciently serve energy consumers in the Stillwater region. The event included a ceremonial signing of the Smart Energy Source partnership resolution by represen- tatives of each organization — OSU, Central Rural Electric Cooperative (CREC), the City of Stillwater and the engineering consulting fi rm C.H. Guernsey & Co. The reception at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center also recognized the proclama- tion signed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin declaring December 8 as Smart Energy Source Day in the state.


“I By Doug Rye


Smart Energy Source partners signed a ceremonial resolution December 8 marking the inauguration of the energy services collaboration. Signing the resolution were (L-R) Michael Moore, CEO of C.H. Guernsey & Co., President Burns Hargis, Oklahoma State University, Gary McCune, chairman of the CREC Board of Trustees, and Charles Hopkins, Vice Mayor of the City of Stillwater. Photo courtesy/ CREC


“We’re excited about this opportunity to work with all of these entities to collectively optimize assets and leverage resources to pro- vide consumers with affordable and reliable en- ergy now and in the future,” said David Swank, CEO of CREC.


Smart Energy Source is a joint venture that


is paving the way to improved reliability and lower costs through greater operating effi cien- cies for the utilities serving Stillwater residents, OSU students and facilities, and CREC mem- bers. It will also harness the research power of OSU to develop energy services and utility system enhancements for use by Smart Energy Source partners.


For more information about Smart Ener- gy Source and to join the journey to fi nding smarter energy solutions, visit www.Buildin- gOurEnergyFutureTogether.coop or www. smartenergysource.coop. OL


A tradition Oklahoma Living has helped establish is making a difference in the lives of many young Oklahomans. On De- cember 12, the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Directors Association conducted its annual auction and raised $22,000. The funds will go to the Children’s Hospital Founda- tion (CHF). This is the second year in a row the Association has donated to the CHF, having donated $20,000 in 2010. CHF strives to improve the health of children through its support of research and education at the Oklahoma Health Center. OL


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hat can you do to make your mobile home more energy effi cient? That question is of- ten asked when members get high summer and winter electricity bills. The solution may seem dif- fi cult and expensive, but there are some things that you can do yourself. Many are affordable, relatively easy and will make an impact on comfort and energy consumption.


But here are some suggestions that can help you get started:


1. If you are an electric co-op member, call your lo- cal electric cooperative and ask if the co-op staff can perform an energy audit on your home. The co-ops care about you and many have credentialed energy auditors on their staff.


2. If you receive an audit, please take it seriously and start making improvements, even if you can only ad- dress one item at a time. It doesn’t matter how many energy improvements your unit may need. If you are going to stay there, it will be to your benefi t to make the prescribed improvements.


3. If you cannot get an audit, this list should help you: ✓On a cold windy day, dampen your hand and go around the walls, windows and electrical outlets of each room, feeling for cold air. Caulk leaks using clear or white caulking as appropriate. Use foam for larger holes under sinks. ✓ Install insulation gaskets on electrical outlets and switches. Gaskets can be purchased at home centers. ✓ Install additional ceiling and wall insulation if fea- sible. You may need to ask an insulation professional if it is feasible for your particular unit. ✓ Properly install skirting to inhibit cold air from blow- ing under the unit. ✓ Be certain that all ductwork is intact, sealed and well insulated. This is a critical item for mobile and modular homes. ✓ When it is time for a new water heater or new heating


and air system, use the Rheem® Marathon or the GE® GeoSpring water heater and use the most effi cient heat pump that you can afford. These two items may save you considerable dollars on your utility bill. ✓ Visit www.SmartEnergyTips.org for dozens and doz- ens of energy savings tips, ideas and brochures. OL


Doug Rye works as a consultant to promote energy effi ciency to electric cooperative members. To order Doug’s videos or ask energy effi ciency-related questions, call Doug at 1-501-653-7931.


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Energy effi ciency for mobile homes


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