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Save Some Money This Summer


These energy efficient tips can lower your electric bill even as the temperature outside soars. These simple energy steps are broken down into four categories that can help you save electricity and money!


KEEP THE HEAT OUT


* Add weather stripping around doors and windows. * Caulk and seal around plumbing openings. * Use Energy Star doors and windows. * Install reflective window films. * Keep sunlight out.


* Plant shade trees and shrubbery. * Add or upgrade insulation. * Ventilate your attic.


MINIMIZE HEAT GENERATION


* Turn off unnecessary lights * Turn off unused electronics.


* Save heat-generating tasks for cooler times of day. * Use energy-efficient lighting * Unplug chargers when not in use. * Cook w/microwave. Uses 2/3 less energy than stove. * Vacuum lint from coils under your refrigerator.


OPTIMIZE AC USE AND VENTILATION


* Turn your thermostat up during the day. * Keep vents clear and open. * Check air-conditioner air filters regularly. * Schedule regular AC maintenance. * Seal your ducts. * Insulate your ducts. * Replace an older AC unit with an Energy Star model. * Close all windows & doors when the AC is running. * Make use of fans. * Keep your AC unit out of the sun.


MINIMIZE WATER HEATING COST * Insulate both the hot and cold water lines. * Reduce water temperature to 120 degrees. * Install water heater blanket.


* Install low flow shower heads and water saving aerators. * Use cold water laundry detergent and cold water settings. * Wait to run dishwasher in morning or at night. * Let dishes air dry in dishwasher. * Fill washer or dishwasher. Full loads are more efficient.


Bucket trucks and digger trucks are all tested to ensure their grounds are good. Chris Bailey, Brandon Shirey and OEC’s Greg Hambrick test a truck ground. Rodney Johnson, Mick Hart and Larry Livingston get another truck ready to test.


Mick Hart, Rodney Johnson and Brandon Shirey are testing the grounding chains and jumpers.


Good grounds save lives. We put grounds on the lines we are working on. In the event a hot wire comes into contact with another wire or a truck, the grounding chain will give protection to our workers.


We test all grounds that we use on the lines as well as the grounds we have on our trucks on a regular basis. We also check and test the mechanical jumpers which are used to jump high voltages from one line to another or to keep elec- tricity flowing when we are taking some piece of equipment off the line.


Getting Grounded!


Electricity is always trying to find a path to ground. Our linemen use safety grounds called grounding chains everyday in their work.


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