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Spring Forward A


Start with your air conditioner.


Spring and early summer are good times to make sure that your air conditioning unit is ready to work when you fl ip the switch:


• Get help from a professional who can inspect and service your unit.


• Give your air conditioner a do-it-yourself clean- ing. Shut the unit off, and clear away leaves and yard debris outside. Inside the unit, clean or replace fi lters that can restrict air fl ow and reduce overall effi ciency by making the air con- ditioner work harder on hot summer days. Dust the fan blades if you can do so safely. Make sure air can fl ow freely over the inside and out- side coils. Vacuum registers to remove any dust buildup.


• Check weather stripping. When using window units, ensure that weather stripping is in place. Placement should be between the middle of the top window pane and the bottom pane.


When checking your roof, look up and stay clear of over- head electric lines.


Make your electric cooperative a resource. The residential energy auditor at Northeast Okla- homa Electric Cooperative can help you determine the right steps for your home, including whether an energy audit will help fi nd more savings. Call Northeast Okla- homa Electric at (800) 256-6405 to visit or make an appointment. You can also visit TogetherWeSave.com to fi nd out how little measures around the house can add up to big energy savings as temperatures outside climb. 


B. Denise Hawkins writes on consumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.-based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer-owned, not-for-profi t electric cooperatives.


Sources: U.S. Department of Energy, TogetherWeSave.com, Energy.gov


8 - Northeast Connection


Prepare for Summer Heat, Increase Energy Savings B. Denise Hawkins


dding a few items to your list of spring chores can help make your home more energy effi - cient and deliver electric bills that won’t make you sweat when temperatures soar.


Check out your roof.


See how well your roof has weathered the winter. Few things can shorten the life of your home faster than a roof leak, even a minor one can damage your attic insulation before you know it. A roofi ng profes- sional can assess and repair things like loose or miss- ing shingles, repair leaks, and clear gutters.


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