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energy wi s e Hot Weather Means Peak Alerts


ot weather is here. As temperatures climb and air conditioners fight to keep homes cool, engineers at Kiamichi Electric will be watching the co-op's systemwide demand for energy. Kiamichi Electric will issue peak alerts on Facebook and other media when systemwide usage is peaking.


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KEC issues peak alerts to encourage members to use less energy from 4 pm until 7 pm on peak days. That time frame is typically when Kiamichi Electric members use the most electricity. The Kiamichi Electric system usually peaks during hot weather in July and August.


System peaks concern your co-op because they determine what Kiamichi Electric —and eventually all co-op members— pay for wholesale electricity generated by KEC's power suppliers.


During peak periods, it costs more for power plants to generate the large amount of electricity being consumed. To meet the huge demand, their base load power plants are running at full capacity. Firing up


additional units to supply enough electricity to meet the peak demand is expensive. Peak alerts help keep electricity use down and avoid the need to use more expensive generation. In turn, this keeps your co-op's rates lower.


Please do your part by helping Kiamichi Electric lower the peak. When you see a Peak Alert posted on our co-op Facebook page, please keep an eye on your usage. A few simple measures are all that's needed.


Easy Ways to Use Less


• Use appliances like clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers and other electric devices sparingly during peak times, 3 pm to 7 pm.


• Try to avoid running hot water so the demand for your water heater is less during the peak times.


• Set the thermostat on your air conditioner or heat pump up three degrees during the peak time. Use ceiling fans and close your drapes to help the air conditioner even more.


• Instead of using the stove or oven to cook dinner, fire up your charcoal grill.


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Kiamichi Electric's Go Go Geo program makes geothermal heat pumps more affordable to more homeowners by eliminating the cost of installing ground loops.


Additional savings include cash rebates of $1,050 per ton on qualifying heat pumps of 15.9 EER or higher. And, if you install your unit before December 31, 2016, you also qualify for a federal tax credit.


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Talk to a Go Go Geo representative today for details on this amazing program. You'll save thousands of dollars upfront, while enjoying total comfort and long term energy savings.


Light Post | july - august 2016 | 5


PEAK ALERT


Please use less electricity 4 pm - 7 pm.


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