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Q. A.


I’m building a new home and I know where I want to set the electric poles. Why do I have to make an appointment with a


CEC staking engineer to visit my home site?


When you build a new home or any other


structure on your property that requires electricity,


it’s always a good idea to let your electric cooperative know before you begin.


Certain rules and regulations apply when locating any new electric service, and Choctaw Electric Cooperative must abide by these rules. Many of these regulations apply to the proper siting and location of electric poles and other equipment. To protect the public and ensure safe and reliable service, only Choctaw Electric personnel can site and install the electric poles and other equipment required to deliver electricity to your new home or building.


By discussing your plans with CEC engineers beforehand and arranging an on site visit, you can avoid potential miscommunication that could delay your building project or increase costs. It also helps ensure you and your family are not at risk for potential electrical accidents or unnecessary service interruptions.


While it might seem like one more hoop to jump through, CEC personnel understand your desire to keep building costs down and are happy to offer their skill and knowledge to help you stick as close as possible to your building plan.


Do you have a question for your electric co-op? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Please submit your questions by mail or email to:


Jennifer Boling


Choctaw Electric Cooperative PO Box 758, Hwy 93 North Hugo,Oklahoma 74743


Email: jboling@choctawelectric.coop. 4 | december 2013 Holiday Hours


Choctaw Electric Cooperative will close on December 24-25 for Christmas and January 1 for New Year. To report a power outage or service problem during this time, please call CEC’s 24-hour outage hotline at 800-780-6486.


Become a Safer Driver


Become a better driver before the end of the year —and receive a possible reduction in your insurance costs—by enrolling in an AARP driving class.


A class will be held on December 18 at the Choctaw Electric office in Idabel. Class begins at 9 am and is taught by a AARP-certified safe driving instructor.


The cost for the course is $12 per person for AARP members, and $14 per person for others. To enroll or for more details, please contact Brad Kendrick at 800-780-6486, ext. 248.


Be a Good Neighbor By Checking on Elderly


When the temperature drops, be a good neighbor and check on your elderly friends and neighbors periodically. Cold weather is particularly hard on the elderly, making it difficult for them to make necessary trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, church and to the doctor. During the holidays especially, the increased isolation due to mobility problems or bad weather can contribute to depression and loneliness, particularly in folks who live alone.


Being more budget conscious, elderly residents are also prone to turn off the heat in order to save money. This increases risk of hypothermia and other emergencies. Please make a point to stop and say hello to elderly neighbors and offer your assistance. They’ll appreciate your concern and you’ll appreciate greater peace of mind knowing they are okay.


CEC offers CPR Classes


Choctaw Electric Cooperative offers CPR training to local communities, groups and organizations as part of its commitment to safety. Classes are taught by qualified instructors and include course materials for participants to take home.


For more details on the course, or to schedule a CPR class, please contact Guy Dale at 800-780-6486, ext. 227.


CEC Santa Can Help You Purchase a New Appliance


Is there a new cookstove, refrigerator, washer and dryer, or some other type of appliance on your Christmas list? Before you are tempted to buy the lowest priced model at the store, please talk to your friends at Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC).


CEC offers loans to members for the purchase of energy efficient appliances of all types. CEC created the loan program to make it easier for co-op members to purchase appliances that are more energy efficient. Energy efficient models are generally more expensive than other appliances, however, they pay for themselves over the long term by using less energy and lowering monthly bills.


For example, today’s Energy Star-rated refrigerators use up to 15 percent less energy than other models. For members who still rely on a 1990s model fridge or older, the monthly savings can be noticeable.


CEC is happy to work with members to arrange a payment schedule they can live with. Loan payments appear as an itemized charge on CEC’s monthly electric bill.


Details on the appliance loan program are available online at choctawelectric.coop, or call CEC at 800-780-6486, ext. 248.


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