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SEPTEMBER 2012 LET’S SAVE ENERGY TOGETHER


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


Our climate zone dictates lots of things— what kinds of trees we can plant for shade, how much (and what type) of insulation our homes need, and whether an air-source heat pump or a different type of heating and cooling system works best. Because we are locally owned and operated, Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) can provide you targeted advice on meeting energy efficiency goals not only suited for our weather, but also your residence.


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For example, we offer free home energy audits where one of our energy efficiency experts (myself or Mark Zachary) will chat with you over the phone and make an


nergy efficiency is easy: Anybody can do it, but once you get past low- and no-cost solutions, “one-size-fits- all” information becomes scarce.


appointment to inspect your home. While making an on-site visit, we check for air leaks, look at your duct work and insulation, check your water heater temperature, review your appliances, and visit with you about your energy use habits. Once we have a clear idea of your needs and concerns, we make recommendations on how you can improve your home’s energy efficiency that are doable and affordable.


In addition, Choctaw Electric offers low interest loans to help our members pay for ‘big ticket’ energy saving improvements such as storm windows and doors, or a new heating and air unit. We also provide loans to members for energy efficient appliances.


Rain or shine, cold or heat, CEC stands ready to help you keep electric bills affordable. Give us a call at 800-780- 6486, ext. 233, to schedule an energy audit or learn more about energy efficiency.


Want to save energy? Stop by our booth.


Visit our energy saving booth at the CEC Annual Meeting on September 22. Visit with co-op energy specialists, ask questions and learn how you can start saving energy and money!


Pickens Parade and Trade Day on Saturday, September 29


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he Pickens Volunteer Fire Department will host the 4th Annual Pickens Parade and Trade Days on Saturday, September 29,


2012. Ronnie Scarberry of the Pickens VFD, says everyone is invited to participate. “This gives people who’d like to have a yard sale the chance to attract more people,” he said. In addition to “used” stuff, the event will feature several booths with new items such as arts and crafts, woodwork and more.


Anyone interested in a booth— whether it’s yard sale, arts and crafts or other goods


to buy, sell or trade—should contact Scarberry at 580-241-5754, or email pvfd@ gmail.com for complete details.


Scarberry added that the parade is open to anyone who would like enter a float, ride a horse or horse-drawn buggy. Contact him at the number above if you would like to participate in the parade.


This is a growing event that is fun for the whole family. Don’t miss it!


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