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Kilowatt F JUNE 2013 INSIDE YOUR CO-OP


A Touchstone Energy Cooperative


Kiwash Electric


Cooperative, Inc. Providing the service


that lights up your life.


Office Location PO Box 100


120 W. 1st Street


Cordell, Oklahoma (888) 832-3362


www.kiwash.coop


Find us on Facebook Staff


Dennis Krueger manager


Wendy Putman director of finance


Lisa Willard director of


communications Roy Dewees


director of operations


Board of Trustees officers


Jack Sawatzky president


Robert Travis vice president


Virginia Walker sec.-treasurer


John Schaufele


asst. sec.-treasurer directors


Ralph Cunningham Leslie Hinds Rex Eagan


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Finding the Value of Electricity Compared to other goods, it's a bargain.


owadays, cell phones and personal digital devices are a part of our culture. Everywhere you go, it seems everyone is connected in some way—whether they’re just making phone calls, text messaging, or checking e-mail. This communication freedom is a luxury we pay for, generally without too much grumbling.


So why is it that when it comes to electricity—a necessity in our modern world—many of us raise an eyebrow when the electric bill comes every month? We expect electricity to be there at the flip of the switch, and when it’s not, we get angry or frustrated.


Hey, I’m no different—I expect the lights to come on every time, too, and as the CEO of Kiwash Electric Cooperative, I have a special responsibility to make sure your electric service is safe, reliable, and affordable. But I also believe that when compared to other commodities, electricity remains a great value.


For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that gasoline shot up an average of 12.66 percent a year for the past ten years. A loaf of white bread rose 3.73 percent annually, and a dozen eggs jumped 7.39 percent per year.


In comparison, electricity has increased just 3.2 percent nationally for the past decade. When you consider how reliable electricity is, the value goes up even more. Kiwash Electric achieved a reliability factor of an average


of 99.9 percent last year, while our total reliability for the past five years is 99.8 percent. That's something we’re proud of, considering electricity is a 24-hour-a-day commodity. Of course, we’re working hard to reduce even those brief interruptions, increase our service reliability, and control costs through innovative technology.


Those cell phones I mentioned earlier? A Residential Energy Consumption Survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration found that nearly a third of all U.S. households have at least four electronic devices plugged in and charging at any given time. Over the past 30 years, the amount of residential electricity used by appliances and electronics has increased from 17 percent to 31 percent. More homes than ever use major appliances and central air conditioning,


not to mention digital video recorders (DVRs), computers, and multiple television sets.


Clearly, our appetite for electricity shows no signs of slowing down. So the next time you flip a switch, use your toaster, or run your washing machine, remember the value electricity holds—and know Kiwash Electric Cooperative is looking out for you by working to keep electric bills affordable, controlling costs through innovation, and putting you, our members, first.


By Dennis Krueger general manager


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