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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


FEBRUARY 2014 | VOLUME 65 ISSUE 2 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE


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Winter brings higher bills


ften, the winter holidays bring cheer and warm family gatherings. Sometimes, the area is even blanketed with snow making for a white Christmas. A couple months of more favorable temperatures between


October and November mean lower energy bills for many folks. T en, people start lighting up their homes, pulling out space heaters and adjusting thermostats as they prepare for the colder weather and winter festivities.


CEO VIEW BY JACK L. PERKINS


We’ve talked about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rules and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA’s) Action.coop site frequently in recent newsletters.


Before Action.coop, we talked about the Our Energy, Our Future site where members could submit comments to their elected offi cials. That site evolved to Action.coop.


Our cooperative participates in and encourages our members’ to take part in these grassroots eff orts to make our voice heard. As a single cooperative, we may seem insignifi cant. By joining our voice with the other 900-plus cooperatives in the nation, we make a formidable force of 42 million voices.


You will be asked to provide your email address when you visit Action.coop or submit a reply card to us. That is key to keeping you informed about the issues that may impact your electric bill.


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THE ABOVE GRAPHS ARE FROM AN ACTUAL TCEC JANUARY 2014 BILL FOR A HOME NEAR BRYAN’S CORNER. EVERY INDIVIDUAL’S USE WILL VARY BASED ON USE PATTERNS AND A VARIETY OF OTHER FACTORS.


Members may not realize it, but their energy use habits have an impact on their bills. T is is especially true when combined with colder than usual temperatures. As days get shorter and the weather gets colder, people are turning their thermostats up and their heater is working harder to keep up. T ey don’t even notice they’re turning on the lights in their homes three hours earlier to account for shorter days.


“We include three charts on every bill for members to reference when understanding their bills,” said Chris Purdy, Member Solutions vice president. “T e monthly kWh use graph allows for an easy way to compare the month and year prior. Average daily use and average temperatures are also helpful comparisons to look at.”


Purdy said anyone who needs help understanding their bill should call 580.652.2418 to speak with a member service representative. n


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