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Powerline Press March 2013


A Supplement of Oklahoma Living Published by Lake Region Electric Cooperative for its members. Vol. 4


NEWSLETTER No. 3


LREC Wood Chipper Safety Lake Energy Efficiency Tip of the Month


Appliances account for about 13 percent of your home’s energy use. If they have energy- saving settings, use them! If they are nearing 20 years old, consider replacing them with a new, energy- efficient model. And remember to try smart power strips for smaller appliances and electronics that continue to draw power even when turned off.


Source: U.S. Department of Energy


Region Electric


Cooperative has recently re- placed two wood chippers with new Vermeer wood chippers. The new chippers will help LREC’s right-of- way productivity as well as provide safer working con- ditions for our crews. The new chippers are


equipped with a bottom feed stop bar (red bar in picture) mounted over the feed table. This safety stop bar feature enables the operator to stop the feed rollers and select forward or reverse opera- tions.


The new chippers also


have a smart feed system which helps increase pro- ductivity


while


strain on engine parts. The feed sensing control moni- tors engine rpm and auto-


Annual Meeting April 27, 2013


Offices closed March 29th


reducing Mark Squyres, LREC Right-of-way employee


matically stops or reverses the rollers when feeding larger hardwood material that may jam the blades. The feed opening is larger than the old chippers’ which helps by reducing the need to trim material before feeding it into the chipper. Right-of-way employees wear protective eye glasses, gloves, and ear plugs to help protect themselves when using the wood chipper. These machines have the tendency to throw wood chips. If you see our crews working in your area, we encourage you to stay away from these machines. If you have any questions about right-of-way clearing, please call 918-772-2526.


LREC Members Help Make Change with Spare Change Lake Region Electric Cooperative’s


“Neighbors helping neighbors” is one of the principles of rural electric coopera- tives.


Operation Round-Up program is truly one of the successful examples of community in action.


in observance of Good Friday.


Operation Round-Up allows members to round up their monthly electric bills to the next whole dollar amount. Each par-


LREC Powerline Press


ticipating member contrib- utes less than a dollar each month, averaging around six dollars a year. The change is put into a special charitable fund and awarded in grants to individuals, organizations, and causes.


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Photo by: Larry Mattes


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