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Q. A.


Help! My electric bill shot up last month. With the colder weather I’m afraid I’ll see another high bill this month.


What happened to your electrical bill is a good example of what happens when Oklahoma


experiences extreme seasonal weather. It doesn’t matter if you use gas, propane or electricity to heat or cool your home, when the temperature is higher or lower than normal—and stays there for several days—your energy usage is going to increase. These dramatic swings in usage can be an unpleasant surprise when your bill arrives. For those on a budget, it’s even tougher. An alternative to seasonal high bills is Choctaw Electric’s average monthly payment plan (AMP). When you enroll in AMP, your energy usage is averaged over the past 12 months. This process effectively “levels out”those seasonal dips and spikes in usage, so your electric bill is more consistent from month to month.


AMP is an excellent plan for members on a limited income or any member who prefers a more predictable electric bill. To enroll in AMP, you must have at least a 12 month billing history at your current location. Your account must be in good standing, and you should have a satisfactory payment history with the co-op.


Enrollment forms for AMP are found online at www.choctawelectric.coop. Click on “Resources,” and then “Forms.” To visit with a representative about AMP, call 800-780-6486, ext 243 or 204.


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 | january 2014 Youth Tour Entries Due


High school juniors interested in participating in the 2014 Rural Electric Youth Tour must submit their entries and applications by March 12, 2014.


Sponsored locally by Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC), Youth Tour is a one-week, all expenses paid tour of Washington, D.C. CEC will select four teens to represent the co-op . CEC Youth Tour participants travel with over 60 teens from across the state.


Teens are asked to write a letter to the public official of their choice that describes an issue they are passionate about, what should be done about it, and why.


Contest guidelines, entry forms and applications are available online at www.choctawelectric. coop, or contact Tonia Allred, CEC Youth Tour coordinator, at 800-780-6486, ext. 217.


Learn CPR from CEC


Choctaw Electric Cooperative offers CPR training to local communities, groups and nonprofit 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, please contact Guy Dale at 800-780-6486, ext. 227.


New Driving Classes


Members who would like to improve their driving skills and save money on their car insurance should consider enrolling in an AARP Defensive Driving course. Classes are scheduled for the following dates at the CEC office in each community.


February 20...........Antlers March 20...............Hugo April 24 ................Idabel May 22 .................Antlers


The fee for the eight-hour course is $15 per person for AARP members; $20 per person for others. The fee includes all course materials.


To enroll in a class, please contact Brad Kendrick at 800-780-6486, ext. 248.


Help kids stay safe


With the damage that resulted from the recent ice storm, now is a good time to remind kids about electrical safety.


Choctaw Electric Cooperative offers free safety demonstrations for kids that are fun and educational. The course uses tools, toys and even hot dogs to demonstrate the power of electricity.


The safety class is offered to local schools and youth groups. It can also be adapted for adults, community and civic organizations and senior citizens.


For more details or to schedule a free safety program, please contact Brad


Kendrick at 800-780-6486, ext. 248.


Two Contests For Members Offer Cash Prizes


■Find the Lucky Lightbulb Visit the co-op website at www. choctawelectric.coop and find the lucky lightbulb. If you spot it, please email Lois Ann Beason at lbeason@ choctawelectric.coop. You could win $25!


■Lucky Account Number: Search your newsletter for the lucky account number. If you find the number and it belongs to you, contact CEC by the 10th of the month for a bill credit up to $100.Call, stop by, or email. 800-780-6486, ext 207, email: jboling@choctawelectric.coop.


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