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The New Bulb On The Block WAYS TO SAVE


Charlie, a cartoon mascot for Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, helps families become “Super Savers” by switching to energy efficient lightbulbs. In 2013 he was joined by LED Lucy, a spunky mascot lighting the way for even brighter bulb savings.


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Together, CFL Charlie and LED Lucy are making sure co-op members know about the new lighting options.


here’s a new lighting mascot in town. CFL


LEDs


Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used for years in cell phones and other electronics. Most diodes are small—about half the size of a pencil eraser. By banding several small diodes together, a bright and dependable light emerges. As their popularity grows, some companies are making light with a single, bright LED chip. New ways to build LEDs drive down costs.


Meet LED Lucy


“I’m older than I look,” LED Lucy confides. “The first LED was created in 1927. Since then we’ve added stylish colors, and the our prices get lower every year.”


The mascots share a few pointers on lighting efficiency.


CFLs


CFL Charlie—and other bulbs like him—are the most common and economical lightbulbs on the market. The swirly style


is linked to the concept of efficient lighting, but some consumers haven’t warmed to the design.


“Not everyone likes my swirls,” explains Charlie. “Several of my friends are designed to look just like a traditional lightbulb.”


CFLs offer 75 percent energy savings over traditional incandescent bulbs, and pay for themselves in nine months, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.


“LED Lucy will gain fans,” Charlie admits. “After all, she uses a little less energy than


me, and lasts 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.”


Since lighting adds up to 10 percent of a home’s electric bill, every bulb counts. To learn more about efficient lighting solutions, visit togetherwesave.com. Introduce your kids to Lucy and Charlie, and learn fun ways to save energy, at www.kidsenergyzone. com.


A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT


Point of Delivery. Among electric utilities there is term known as "point of delivery." For Kiwash Electric members, it's important to know where this point is located because it determines who is responsible for repairs. For Kiwash members, the point of delivery is the point where co-op the lines connect to the lines of the member. With overhead service, this point is usually at the weatherhead or masthead on the service entrance of your meter base, which is usually attached to your home or other structure. When underground lines are used, it is located at the load side of the meter base. A more detailed explanation of point of delivery is found on your co-op website at www.kiwash.coop. Under Products and Services on the main menu, click on Services, Residential Services, and then New Construction. For further questions on point of delivery, please call 888-832-3362.


Recipe Box Slow Cook Chicken & Dumplings Fight the Flu with Co-op Connections


Stuffy nose, aches, fever— cold and flu season is definitely here.


Before you stock up on remedies, remember your Co-op Connections card. Your card can save you plenty on prescription medicines, merchandise and health services for you and your family.


Co-op Connections is honored at participating pharmacies in Cordell, Clinton, Hobart, Weatherford and Thomas, and at major retailers such as Wal Mart, Walgreens, K-Mart and CVS.


Before you pay full price for your medicine, be sure to check with your


pharmacist about possible savings.


To locate a participating pharmacy near you, please call 800-800-7616.


To review prescription discounts or to locate providers online, please visit www.connections. coop.


INGREDIENTS 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 2 tablespoons butter 2 (10.75 oz) cans cream of chicken soup 1 onion, finely diced 2 (10 oz) pkgs refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into piecess


DIRECTIONS


Place the chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover.


Cover, and cook for 5 to 6 hours on High. About 30 minutes before serving, place the torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center.


Yield: 8 servings.


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