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super ser v i ces Elect Pay Takes The Shock Away


coming up in Kiamichi Country


August 13 Cardboard Boat Race Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton


August 20 Brave the Mud Run Leflore Co. Fairgrounds, Poteau


August 27 Wilburton Main Street "Keep It Neat" Golf Tournament Sycamore Spring Golf Course, Wilburton


September 1-5 Choctaw Nation Labor Day Fest & Powwow


Choctaw Nation Capitol Grounds Tuskahoma


September 3 Eufaula Powwow East Ball Field on Lake Eufaula, Eufaula


September 8-10 Pittsburg Co. Free Fair Southeast Expo Center, McAlester


September 10 Amish School Auction, Craft & Antique Show


Raymond Miller Home, Clarita


September 17 Good Old Days Celebration Stringtown Historical Property Stringtown


September 17 McAlester Culture Fest Downtown, McAlester


September 19-23 Walking Tours on Main Street Wilburton


September 17 Kiowa Indian Summer Festival Harrison Street, Kiowa


and then use the electricity until the credit expires. A good way to understand Elect Pay is to think of it like putting gas in your car.


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Say you only have $30 for the week to pay for gasoline. You drive down to the station, pump in $30 and drive off. As you drive during the week, what happens? You monitor the gauge and make sure each trip is necessary. If you drive too much, you burn up your $30 before the week is out. Literally. By checking the gauge throughout the week, you became more prudent with your gas use and make informed decisions on when and how much to use.


Now let’s apply that line of thought to your account with Kiamichi Electric. Usually you get a bill after you have used the electricity. Sometimes it comes as a shock. “How could I possibly have used so much electricity?” Elect Pay is designed to ease – and hopefully eliminate – that shock. Let’s take a look at how it works.


The components of Elect Pay aren’t too different from regular payment plans. Two extra pieces are required; a way to turn off the power when all your money is used and a way for Kiamichi Electric to tell you how much you have left in your account; think of this as your “electricity tank gauge.” On the cooperative’s side, we handle the extra software and processes.


Now let’s see it in action. With the Elect Pay equipment installed at your meter, you can choose from three notification methods— smartphone app, emails or text messages.


Next, you decide how often you want to buy electricity. Monthly? Weekly? Then you budget for a certain amount


Iamichi Electric's Elect Pay program is as simple as it sounds: Members pay for electricity before it is used,


With KEC's Elect Pay program, as you approach “empty,” you add more money to your account. If you run out, the power goes off just like your car stops when it runs out of gas. No late fees—ever!


of power and pay the co-op using cash, check, or credit card. Bingo, your electricity tank is full!


During the time period you have paid for you will receive regular feedback on how much you have left in your tank.


As you approach “empty,” you add more money to your account and are then set for the next period. If you run out, the power goes off just like your car stops when it runs out of gas.


When you think of it like gas in your car, you become much more aware of how you are using electricity. You turn things off more often. You may change the setting on your thermostat so you don’t cool or heat as much. You might cook outside to avoid using the oven or make sure your dishwasher is really full before running it.


Industry studies show that consumers who participate in prepaid programs such as Elect Pay use as much as 10 percent less electricity than their counterparts.


Elect Pay teaches the value of electricity, what uses watts in your home, provides absolute control over how much you pay and helps you reduce your energy use. It is a great way to power your life!


For more information on KEC's Elect Pay program, please call 800-888-2731 or visit


us online at www.kiamichielectric.org.


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