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A Change For the Better


It’s the little things


small changes can make a big impact. A small, unglamorous task like changing the filters on your HVAC system makes your unit run more efficiently – keeping your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It also saves money. And the savings gained from having your system run more efficiently can be applied to more fun or entertaining pursuits that your family can enjoy together. 467000


As you move around your home, you drive dust into the air from carpets, furniture and drapes. Regardless of where it comes from, dust and dirt trapped in a system’s air filter leads to several problems, including:


• Reduced air flow in the home and up to 15 percent higher operating costs


• Costly duct cleaning or replacement • Lowered system efficiency


Now, that you know the facts, it’s time to


get busy changing or cleaning the air filter in your heating/cooling system. Many HVAC professionals recommend that you clean or change the filter on your air conditioner or furnace monthly. It’s simple and easy, and in many cases, it only takes a few minutes. Filters are available in a variety of types and efficiencies, rated by a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). MERV, a method developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers,


The price of electricity is based on two primary factors - the price of fuel needed to generate power and the demand for power. WFEC is the wholesale power provider for Harmon Electric and other Oklahoma distribution cooperatives. As demand grows, WFEC brings more power generators online and the cost of producing energy rises. If demand is more than WFEC has readily available, power is purchased on the open market at an even higher price. The price of power throughout the year is based on peak summer usage. This peak happens in the hot summer months between the peak hours of 4 to 6 p.m. when members return home from work and turn on the AC, television, cook dinner, and do laundry. If we can reduce the overall system demand with less power being necessary at critical peak times, we can help keep the cost of electricity down. When peak is called by WFEC, controllable meters will be turned off between the hours of 4 to 6 p.m. All members can help keep demand down by limiting usage during these same hours. Help us BEAT THE PEAK! Control all electric usage between 4 and 6 p.m. Thank you!


MONTHLY OUTAGE REPORT JUNE, 2015


NO. OF OUTAGES


21 1 8 1 2 1 1 1 5


CAUSE OF OUTAGE


Lightning OCR open Bad Transformer Broke insulator Wind


Broke pole Unknown


NO. OF METERS AFFECTED


293 3


12 3 2


VR Panel burnt up Animal


140 1 1 8


For the month of June, Harmon Electric experienced 41 separate outages. The total members affected were 463 with an average time off of 2 hours. The majority of members affected were due to lightning with the numerouse storms that passed through our area in the month of June.


When it comes to energy efficiency in the home, sometimes


tests filter effectiveness. The higher the MERV number, the higher the filter’s effectiveness at keeping dust out of your system. While most types of filters must be replaced, some filters are reusable. And don’t forget about the winter months. Your heating system needs to work as efficiently as possible to keep you warm, and a clean air filter helps it do just that. Heating and cooling professionals recommend turning


your system off before changing the air filter. Make sure that the arrow on the filter – which indicates the direction of the airflow – is pointing toward the blower motor. When you’ve made the change, turn your system back on. Beyond saving money and improving the air quality in your


home, changing your air filter is a great opportunity to teach your family more about energy efficiency. Consider getting everyone involved, and the entire family will learn how simple changes can make a big difference.


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