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Tory Tedder-Loffland & Randy Harnsberger


Co-op Business unplug the savings with lower winter rates


WINTER SAVINGS PEAK P WER is not just a rate plan, it is an


opportunity for big savings. Te move from a flat- pricing model to a more true-cost model may take getting used to, but the cheaper off-peak pricing allows you greater power in controlling what you pay for electricity. In fact, you are likely already seeing the benefits on


your winter bills. True-cost means OEC could lower the winter rates in keeping with our lower winter costs. Members crossing over the 1,000 kWh threshold see an even greater savings when the price drops to 6.5252¢.


RATE


WINTER Dec.-Feb. 1ST 1,000 kWh kWh > 1,000


SHOULDER Mar.-May/Sept.-Nov. ALL kWh


0.092752 0.065252


0.115252 SERVICE AVAILABILITY CHARGE $0.60/day


Te lower winter rates could not have come at a better time after the winter temperatures we have had. Te most recent 30 day billing cycle as we go to print ended Feb. 18 with an average temperature of 35.32 degrees. Tat is 10.13 degrees colder than 2013 and almost 3 degrees colder than the average and yet, OEC members paid LESS this year than in 2013. Tis winter rate comparison chart shows you just how beneficial the new rate structure has been:


kWh used 2013 RATE 2014 RATE SAVINGS 600


$81.30


1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500


$75.74 $5.56


$125.16 $113.58 $11.58 $171.83 $146.86 $24.97 $218.49 $180.14 $38.35 $265.16


SUMMER SAVINGS Consider taking some of that money you saved


over the winter season to invest in energy conservation before summer temperatures hit. OEC does not expect you to turn off your air conditioner for four hours every weekday, but turning up your thermostat a few degrees and using a portable fan will keep you and your pocketbook comfortable. Water heaters are the second largest consumer


$213.41 $51.75 3,000 $311.82 $246.69 $65.13


of energy in the home contributing to 20 percent of your total energy use. Tey also make up one of the largest and easiest saving opportunities. Electric water heaters can heat water to 120 degrees in 30-60 minutes depending on its size, so why run them when you don't need to? Investing in a $45-$50 water heater timer to automatically shut off your water heater during peak hours will pay you back three-fold. Heck, you could save money with a timer year round. Watch for Peak in the coming months for more ways to unplug the savings.


News Magazine 9 Beginning this month, the rate moves to the


shoulder month cost of 11.5252¢ per kWh through May. Peak summer pricing begins with June 1 usage while off- peak rates show up on bills mailed in July.


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