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AUGUST 2013 www.ozarksecc.com


EFFICIENCY EQUALS SUSTAINABILITY By Mitchell Johnson, President / CEO


At Ozarks Electric Cooperative, we have always been concerned with energy efficiency because we are in the quality of life business. It has been a focus of our member services for many years, long before it became vogue. We know that when our members can save money through conscious energy-use habits and making energy upgrades to their homes, farms and businesses, the quality of our members’ lives are improved.


We also practice what we preach. Throughout the years, we have pioneered energy efficiency initiatives and implemented technologies to conserve energy in our cooperative business offices as well. When our Fayetteville headquarters was renovated in 2002 and again in 2008 we converted our HVAC to a high efficiency geothermal system, totaling 103 tons of heating and cooling. This conversion saves 156,426 kWh and reduces CO2 emissions by 122 tons every year. One of the largest wastes in business offices is paper. We currently recycle 4.3 tons of white paper annually from our offices which equates to a CO2 reduction of approximately nine tons each year. Our offices are supplied hot water by the lifetime warrantied Marathon electric water heaters for further reduction of CO2 emissions by 3.1 tons.


In 2011, we performed a major overhaul of our Fayetteville office’s lighting and replaced inefficient T12 florescent tubes with high efficiency, long-life LED bulbs. In 2012, most parking lot lights were also replaced with the same LED technology, funded through a state grant and a partnership with Next Gen Illumination, a local LED manufacturer. This program has nearly eliminated all lighting maintenance costs, reduced energy consumption and increased light levels, not to mention injected funds into a local business. This project, the first of its kind in Arkansas, demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship. The payoff is 135,394 kWhs and 105.5 tons of CO2 reductions annually. At our Stilwell office, we installed high efficiency T8 lights in our Stilwell office when it was renovated for a CO2 reduction of 31 tons annually.


Sustainability has recently become a popular term that simply describes what we have been doing for a long time – responsibly managing our resources for economic and environmental stewardship. We are committed to investing and fostering sustainability in our business practices and we encourage you to do so, on a personal level, to protect our resources for future generations.


TRUTH BE TOLD, YOUR ELECTRICITY COMES FROM PEOPLE POWER.


There’s one energy source that our members can always depend on – the hard-working dedication and efficiency of your electric co-op employees. That’s the power of co-op membership.


Learn more at www.ozarksecc.com/membership.


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