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comfort system’s efficiency and reduce your cooling costs. Here are five ways proven to help lower your cooling load: • Clean the filter for your air handler. Nothing lowers your cooling efficiency faster than a dirty air filter. Dust and debris in the filter slow the passage of air through the air handler, making components work harder and longer. When dirt collects on the evaporator coil, it doesn’t cool as quickly, which can lead to frozen coils. When this happens, the compressor continues to run and if it gets too hot, it can break, causing a repair or replace- ment. • Inspect the outdoor unit. Remove any vegetation from the sides of the unit, and be sure that all four sides are clear and nothing covers the top. The compressor blows heat away from your home, and when nothing obstructs it, it won’t have to run as long, which will reduce cooling costs. • Check your ducts for leaks, even if your home is relatively new. If you have rooms that are too hot or cold, you might have problems with your ducts. Sometimes the ductwork is hard to access. If you have trouble reaching portions of your ductwork, contact an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor who has the tools and training to look for leaks and repair them. If you need to repair any leaks, use mastic instead of duct tape, which dries out and allows leaks to reform. • Consider using shade screens on windows facing south and west to help block the


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Keep your outdoor unit clear of vegetation for optimum efficiency


heat from the sun. • Install a programmable thermostat if you’re routinely gone for several hours a day


throughout the week. While you can adjust your thermostat manually, a programmable unit makes it simpler to reduce cooling costs because it’s completely automated. These thermo- stats have flexible settings that you can program based on when you’re at home and away.


Automatic bank draft perfect pay tool for those with busy schedules


OOPERATIVE members have options for managing accounts and paying monthly electric bills. One such option works especially well for those planning a summer vacation or who just keep a busy schedule. Automatic bank draft is an easy, safe and convenient way to pay your bill each month. The service is free. You can have your electric bill automatically paid from your checking or savings account at any participating financial institution. You will save time, money and paperwork while conserving checks, gas and postage. And, you’ll worry no longer about forgetting to pay your bill on time.


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Call 1-800-256-6405 and speak with a member services representative about automatic bank draft or one of the other available payment options.


AKING some time before summer’s heat arrives to reduce cooling costs helps you lower the cost of running your air conditioner without sacrificing comfort when it’s hot. But you might not be sure what steps you can take to improve your home-


Northeast Connection is published monthly as an effective means of communicating news, information and innovative thinking that enhances the profitability and quality of life for members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.


Please direct all editorial inquiries to Communications Specialist Clint Branham at 800-256-6405 ext. 9340 or email clint.branham@neelectric.com.


Vinita headquarters: Four and a half miles east of Vinita on Highway 60/69 at 27039 South 4440 Road.


Grove office: 212 South Main.


Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Offices are closed Saturday, Sunday and holidays.


A representative is available 24 hours at: 1-800-256-6405


If you experience an outage, please check your switch or circuit breaker in the house and on the meter pole to be sure the trouble is not on your side of the service. If you contact us to report service issues or discuss your account, please use the name as it appears on your bill, and have both your pole number and account number ready.


Officers and Trustees of NEOEC, Inc. President Dandy Allan Risman


Vice President John L. Myers


Secretary-Treasurer Benny L. Seabourn


Harold W. Robertson Member


Sharron Gay


Member James A. Wade


Member Bill R. Kimbrell


Member Jack Caudill Member


Asst. Secretary-Treasurer Everett L. Johnston


District 5 District 4 District 2 District 3 District 1 District 6 District 7 District 8 District 9


NEOEC Management Team Anthony Due General Manager


Larry Cisneros, P.E. Manager of Engineering Services


Susanne Frost


Manager of Office Services Cindy Hefner


Manager of Public Relations Connie Porter


Manager of Financial Services Rick Shurtz


Manager of OperationsJune 2012


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