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PAGE 8  JUNE 2012 LET’S SAVE ENERGY TOGETHER


Online resource helps you save Good advice helps you stay cool for less


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


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corching temperatures and high electric bills don’t necessarily need to arrive hand-in-hand this summer. At Choctaw Electric Cooperative we are


committed to providing you with not only safe and reliable electric service, but also with information you need to save energy, and keep electric bills affordable, when the heat is on.


One of the most powerful tools in Choctaw Electric’s energy-saving arsenal is TogetherWeSave.com. The website, www.togetherwesave.com, offers nine applications focusing on different actions that, once completed, show an actual savings calculation.


For example, in the “Lower Your Water Heater Temperature” application, you can virtually adjust the temperature setting on the water heater dial to see a projection of how much money you could save by doing just that.


Take the Virtual Home Tour on


TogetherWeSave.com to find even more ways to cut costs. You will “walk” through a home’s family room, kitchen, laundry room, bedroom, basement, and attic. Each area reveals at least two actions you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency. As you move through the room and complete the suggested changes you will see a running tally of potential energy dollar savings.


The website also provides access to the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives TV Web Portal where you can view short energy efficiency videos. You can even connect with other energy-conscious co-op members by sharing your story about what you are doing to be more efficient.


It’s pretty amazing that co-op members just like you from across the country have already visited TogetherWeSave.com and collectively saved an estimated $40 million by making small energy-related changes at home.


We want to help you reach your energy- saving goals. So go ahead: flip a switch, lower the blinds, raise the temperature on your thermostat, and visit TogetherWeSave.com.


It’s no joke: Little changes you make in your behavior and your surroundings really can cool off your electric bill.


If you’d like 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.


your BEST SHOT


Share your favorite photos with us!


Send us a photo and we’ll send you a copy of CEC’s Holiday Collections cookbook, or a copy of CEC’s 70th Anniversary publication, Turning On the Lights in Southeast Oklahoma.


The theme for the July newsletter is “SUMMER VACATION.” The deadline is June 12.


Email photos to Jennifer Boling, jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Please include photographer’s name, hometown, mailing address and phone number. Details such as where the photo was taken and names of those pictured are appreciated. Please make a copy of your entry before submitting it—photos will not be returned.


 Choctaw Electric member Margie Chappel of Garvin shares this photo of her niece, Sophia Schattner, ‘rounding up’ goats. Sophia loves to play with the animals on her aunt’s farm. Her parents are Steve and Marsha Schattner of Plano, Texas.


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