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Plunging Temps Cause High Bills ENERGY MATTERS


Cold December results in higher usage—and more calls to Kiwash Electric


Oklahoma Mesonet ranked the 2013 month as the 17th coolest December on record. Mesonet recorded December's statewide average temperature at 35.2°F. That's no match for 1983's record cold of 25.8°F., but is far cooler than 2012's 42.1°F.


Oklahoma, causing home heating units to work overtime to keep homes warm. Meanwhile, families rang in the holidays with blinking lights, nonstop cooking, and kids on vacation in front of the TV. The result: Higher than normal electric bills.


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At Kiwash Electric, system-wide usage spiked at 4.6 million kilowatt- hours (kwh)—over one million kilowatts higher than December 2012. The average residential bill climbed from $154 in December 2012 to $190 in December 2013.


emperatures in December put the freeze on


Responding with understandable concern, Kiwash members picked up their phones. Dwayne Hurliman, consumer accounts representative, said the co-op received numerous calls from members who had just opened their bill. “A lot of people said they didn't understand it because they never touched their thermostat,” Hurliman said. “They may not have done anything different, but the weather sure did.”


Frigid temperatures force heating units to cycle “on” more frequently—even if the thermostat is set at 68°F. To take the chill off, some members rely on space heaters. “Space heaters can rack up a lot of kilowatts in a short period of time,” Hurliman noted. “When we see high usage, that's one of the


first things we ask about.”


Another culprit, he said, are heat pumps with emergency heat strips. "A lot of the time the heat strips get stuck in the "on" position, which uses a lot of energy," he explained.


With single digit temperatures kicking off the month of January, Hurliman worries that members could see another round of high bills.


To help control winter costs, he encourages members to check their heating unit, change filters, caulk around windows and doors, and seal leaks around plumbing pipes, outlets, and other drafty areas. Opening blinds to allow the sun to warm your home is another smart move.


Members who are struggling to pay their bill are urged to contact Kiwash Electric before their bill is overdue.


For details on Kiwash Electric bill payment plans or to visit with a customer service representative, please call 888-832-3362.


A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT


Scholarship Deadline Coming Up. High school seniors in Kiwash Electric territory could win a $500 scholarship, which may be used at the two- or four-year college, university or career/technical school of their choice. Scholarship applicants must belong to the co-op or be the child of a Kiwash Electric Cooperative member. To be


Heart-Healthy


Recipe Box ♥


Balsamic Pork Tenderloin


INGREDIENTS


1 (1lb) pork tenderloin 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary 2 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon salt


Balsamic Glaze


1/2 cup balsamic vinegar DIRECTIONS


Place tenderloin in large resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. In a small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, oil, rosemary, garlic, pepper, and salt. Pour over tenderloin. Seal bag; turn to coat tenderloin. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.


Remove tenderloin from marinade, discarding marinade. Prepare grill for indirect grilling. Test for medium heat above drip pan. Place tenderloin on grill rack over drip pan. Cover and grill about 40 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the tenderloin registers 155°F.


Brush tenderloin on all sides with Balsamic Glaze. Grill for 1 minute more. Remove from grill. Cover with foil and let stand for 15 minutes (the meat's temperature will rise 5°F. during standing time). Slice to serve. Makes 6 (2 oz )servings.


Balsamic Glaze


In a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to boiling. Reduce heat; boil gently for 5 minutes. Makes about 1/4 cup.


considered, applicants must submit a written essay or a short video on the topic, "The Seven Cooperative Principles." Scholarship applications and consent forms are available at www.kiwash.coop, or contact Lisa Willard at 888-832-3362. Essays and video uploads must be received by no later than 5 pm on April 15, 2014.


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