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■ energy wise Earth Day is April 22 Make One Green Change This Year


f you’re ready to “go green,” you have a lot of choices, from switching to energy-efficient light bulbs to buying a “net zero” home that produces as much energy as it uses.


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Making just one change each year can help lower your energy bills. At the same time, a more efficient home means you’re using fewer natural resources, with helps the environment. Here are six ideas:


Start small. Replace your old incandescent light bulbs with LED light fixtures, which use 75 percent less energy. A bonus: Most of them last for around 10 years, so you can stop changing light bulbs. And remember, you can save on LED bulbs with your Co-op Connections card at LEDusa.com.


Buy smart. If your refrigerator, heating and air conditioning systems, or washing machine is 10 years old, it’s probably an energy hog. When it’s time to replace a home appliance, choose one with the Energy Star label, which means it meets stringent government standards for energy efficiency.


Save water. Some households waste more water than they use. You can remedy that by turning off faucets while brushing your teeth and shaving, and by taking shorter showers. Plus, if you install low-flow faucets and toilets, you’ll use less water with every shower and flush.


Think ‘green.’ Homeowners have lots of opportunities to choose a sustainable or energy-efficient product over one that’s less beneficial to the environment. Keep that top of mind as you select cleaning products and items that come with a lot of packaging that will wind up in a landfill. And if you’re remodeling, consider using durable products that won’t wind up in the trash after a few years, and materials made from renewable sources and grown in sustainable forests.


Take control. There’s no reason to heat or cool your house for maximum comfort when nobody’s home. Install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature to save energy when everyone leaves the house in the morning and then reset it for comfort just before you get home. New models let you control them using your smartphone, which means if your schedule changes automatically, you can “tell” your house to get ready for your early return.


Rise and shine. One of the quickest ways to lower your home’s energy bills is to generate some power yourself. By adding a modest 3-killowatt solar array to your roof, you can harness enough sunlight to reduce your energy bill by up to half, according to most estimates.


For more ways to save, please visit www.togetherwesave.com.


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June 24 • 9 am to 11:30 am • Idabel June 25 • 9 am to 11:30am • Hugo


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Join Choctaw Electric for a morning of fun activities that teach kids electrical safety and energy conservation. Camp is open to first, second and third grade students —and it’s free!


For more information:


www.choctawelectric.coop 800-760-6486, ext. 248.


2015 Kilowatt Kids Camp Enrollment Form


Student Name _______________________________ Age _______ Grade __________________________ Parent Name(s)_______________________________ Address ____________________________________ City_____________________State____Zip_________ Phone (H)___________________________________ (Work) _________________(Cell) ________________


Allergies: ___________________________________ __________________________________________


Meds________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________


T-Shirt Size (Please Circle): Youth XS (4-6) Adult S


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Contact information in case of emergency: Name_______________________________________ Home phone___________________Cell_____________


Please circle the camp you wish to attend: Idabel Camp: June 24


CONTACT US: For questions about your home’s energy usage, or to schedule a free home energy audit, please contact Brad Kendrick at 800-780-6486, ext. 248, or send email to


bakendrick@choctawelectric.coop. Hugo Camp: June 25


Mail or email completed form to: Choctaw Electric Cooperative ATTN: Jia Johnson or Brad Kendrick PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743 jjohnson@choctawelectric.coop bakendrick@choctawelectric.coop


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