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NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


P.O. Box 948, Vinita, OK 74301 • www. neelectric.com


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Keep your cool as temps rise S


PRING has been warmer than usual, and summer heat may not be far away. Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative offers these tips to help members con-


serve energy and save on electricity bills when temperatures begin to rise. • Set the thermostat at 78 degrees or slightly higher. The


monthly savings could be as much as five percent. Raise the thermostat higher when away from home for extended periods. • Change the air conditioner filter


regularly. A dirty filter cuts down on air flow and reduces efficiency. Air conditioners are the biggest source of electric use during the summer. In many homes, air conditioning accounts for more than half the electric bill. • Close drapes or blinds during the day


to reduce heat from direct sunlight. • Use room or ceiling fans to circulate


air. • Use fluorescent lights instead of


incandescent lamps when possible. Fluorescent lights last about 10 times longer and produce more light for the same amount of energy. • When buying a new air conditioning unit or heat pump,


select one with a higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. • Use smaller appliances such as crock-pots, toaster


ovens and electric skillets to cook whenever possible to save energy.


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• Instead of heating the oven on hot days, use the


microwave. If you are using the oven, avoid opening the door, which can let out 20 percent of the heat. When using the stovetop, choose pans that match the size of the burners. This cuts down on heat lost to the air. • Use the dishwasher only when you have a full load. Smaller loads use the same amount of water and power. • Use heat-producing appliances such as your dryer, dishwasher and range during the cooler nighttime hours. • Wash full laundry loads rather than washing multiple small loads. Clean the lint filter after every dryer load. Clothes will dry faster and it will save energy. • Minimize door traffic. The hot air causes your air conditioner to run more and which places an additional load on your unit and increases your energy bill. • Add insulation in the attic. Better attic


insulation can save as much as 30 percent on cooling and heating costs. Insulation is measured in R-value. The higher the R-value, the better the insulation. Insulation of R-30 is recommended. • Ensure that exterior windows and doors close snugly.


This will keep the warm out and cool air in. Apply weather stripping and caulking where needed. Proper insulation can make a big difference in keeping a house cooler in the summer.


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