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TAKE ACTION


BY ZAC PERKINS, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER


PLUGGED IN KIDS P


To date, more than 1,300 TCEC members have agreed increasing the cost of generating electricity is unacceptable and have enrolled in the Cooperative Action Network.


Our members have rallied around this grassroots effort and have the greatest number of comments sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Oklahoma. What an amazing testimony to our members for caring about their energy future.


If you have not returned your comment card, you still have time. The urgency has not left the situation and I am urging each member to act now. You can visit Action.coop and complete the form on the website or call our office and we’ll enter the information for you.


The EPA’s proposed regulations on coal are a tipping point for future regulation. We fear natural gas will be the next target for the administration to regulate.


We don’t want to quietly hide in the shadows in the face of these proposals. Stand with me to let your voice be heard. Visit Action. coop today and tell the EPA to stick with an all of the above approach to America’s energy future. n


arents can plug their kids into energy efficiency with the Kids Energy Zone website, www.kidsenergyzone.com.


Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives, the brand “ID” of the nation’s not-for-


profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, offers Kids Energy Zone featuring spunky energy efficiency mascots, CFL Charlie and LED Lucy. Te site is designed to teach children in kindergarten through fifth grade how to be Super Energy Savers. Te Kids Zone also includes interactive games, videos, activity sheets, and surprises.


TCEC’S ERIN MOORE PRESENTS CURRICULUM TO FOURTH GRADERS AT ACADEMY ELEMENTARY IN GUYMON.


“Te website is all about engagement,” explains Ruben Musca, senior manager of advertising and marketing for Touchstone Energy. “Tis is a way for parents to interact with children so the family can focus on energy efficiency together, and help everyone develop energy efficient habits that will last a lifetime. Trough fun activities, students and their parents learn about energy, electrical safety, and energy savings.”


For example, Lights Out!—an energy-saving game in the Kids Zone website— challenges kids to speed through a virtual house, replacing traditional incandescent lightbulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) and turning off lights and appliances as fast as possible. Te less energy a player uses by the time everything’s off, the better the score.


Teachers searching for ways to help students focus on energy efficiency have several resources available. Erin Moore, member solutions coordinator at TCEC, visits local schools upon request to teach safety and efficiency curriculum to children. She also distributes a free e-newsletter for educators to keep them abreast of the latest offerings from the cooperative. Anyone interested in learning more about the programs available can email info@tcec.coop.


Additional child-friendly websites include: • www.kidsenergyzone.comwww.energystar.gov/kidswww.eere.energy.gov/kidswww.energyhog.org


Plug into these resources and more at www.kidsenergyzone.com. n Tis article is adapted from one originally by Megan McKoy-Noe. Source: Touchstone Energy Cooperatives


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