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Northfork 12 January CONTENTS PAGE 2


Treat New Christmas Power Tools with Care


PAGE 3 Recipes:


Warm Dishes for Cold Weather


PAGE 4


Right-Size Your Home’s Heat & A/C Systems


Make the Switch to CFLs


What is a Lumen? A New Look for an Old Friend


It’s a new year and a new look for an old friend; we have re-designed Sparks & Flashes. “Sparks & Flashes is the communication we have with each member each month,” says NFEC General Manager Scott Copeland. “We want it to be something our members look forward to receiving, something that has the feel of an informal conversation with an old friend. “We want it to provide members with information about co-op programs, services,


and events, along with information on energy  utility industry in Oklahoma and across the country,” he says.


Although there are changes, Sparks & Flashes still includes delicious recipes, and the popular account number search. It’s a new look, but the same old friend. We hope you enjoy it!


Sparks & Flashes Co-ops are the Fabric


Supplement to Oklahoma Living of Your Community


Last year, the U.S. Senate – building off similar action by the United Nations General Assembly – designated 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives. As a result, cooperatives everywhere  owned and -controlled business model. If you’ve read Sparks & Flashes, then you know NFEC is an electric cooperative – as a result, you and everyone else who receives electric service from us is a member, not a customer. Because you and your fellow members govern how NFEC operates, our top priority remains providing safe and reliable service and keeping your electric bills affordable. Local control also means we’re in the business of improving the quality of life in the communities we serve, from offering college scholarships to advice on how you can make your home or business more 


Electric co-ops are just one type of cooperative


operating in America. Dairy cooperatives produce nearly 90 percent of our nations’ milk. Credit unions? They’re cooperatives, too, with more than 8,000 across the country serving 91 million consumers. You


 ops throughout the U.S. Some agricultural marketing cooperatives have become household names: Sunkist, Ocean Spray, and Blue Diamond Almonds for example. Together, all of us are a key part of our local


economy. We provide good jobs to folks who live right here – your neighbors and friends. We deliver goods and services that keep our communities humming. We’re happy to lend a hand when we’re able, and we enjoy being involved with schools and community organizations.


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margins, to you in the form of capital credits. The cooperative uses those margins as capital until the co-  pay them to our member-owners.


While not a new concept – Benjamin Franklin  Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire, in 1752 (it still operates today!) – the cooperative form of business continues as an integral part of our lives each day.


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