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A SUPPLEMENT TO OKLAHOMA LIVING


AUGUST 2016 | VOLUME 67 ISSUE 8 | PUBLISHED FOR MEMBERS OF TRI-COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE LIVEWIRE CEO VIEW


High energy use By Zac Perkins


Your air conditioner is working hard in the summer heat to keep your home cool. Space heating and cooling account for almost half of a home’s energy use according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Understanding where your energy dollar is going will help you lower your energy costs.


Please read the article at right to learn about resources that will help you to save electricity and money. This article was originally published as a news release in mid-June to alert members to increased energy use.


The average home used 911 kilowatt- hours per month in 2014 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Ask yourself how your average electricity use compares to this and look for ways to save. We're here to help if you need it.


Please call one of our member service representatives if you need help understanding your bill or finding additional energy saving resources for your home. We offer printed brochures on saving energy upon request and can help you analyze your usage patterns to identify ways to save. n


BY SPENDING A FEW MINUTES, I’M SAVING A LOT.


Yeah, a few minutes. That ’s all the time it takes me to change my home’s air filter every month and save $82 a year. Not bad for a few minutes of work, huh? What can you do? Find out how the little changes add up at TogetherWeSave.com.


Cool off your electricity use


ummer forecast predicts hotter than normal conditions. With temperatures rising, air conditioners are kicking on causing higher electricity use. That translates to higher electric bills. TCEC reminds members the cooperative has tools to help monitor energy use and save energy.


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“We have not changed our rates,” said Zac Perkins, TCEC chief executive offi cer. “The biggest factor affecting a member’s bill is how much electricity they use and we’re here to help them manage that.”


BY SPENDING A FEW MINUTES, I’M SAVING A LOT.


TCEC has an online portal at www.tcec. coop that offers hourly charts that can help members track their energy use. Members can also view similar charts on the free TCEC Mobile app. By using these near real-time tools rather than waiting for a monthly bill, members can take control of their energy consumption when it occurs. To help fi gure out where their dollars are going, members can take the virtual home tour at www.TogetherWeSave.com or download the free app with many lightbulb and appliance calculators. During the virtual tour, members will “walk” through a home’s family room,


Yeah, a few minutes. That’s all the time it takes me to change my home’s air filter every month and save $82 a year. Not bad for a few minutes of work, huh? What can you do? Find out how the little changes add up at TogetherWeSave.com.


kitchen, laundry room, bedroom, basement and attic. Each area reveals at least two actions to improve a home’s energy effi ciency. As the member moves through the room and completes the suggested changes, a running tally of potential energy dollar savings shows on the screen.


TCEC offers these tips to reduce summer electricity use: • Install a programmable thermostat and use it to increase the thermostat when away from home.


• Set the thermostat to 78 degrees when home for optimal effi ciency.


• Use ceiling fans whenever possible. • Seal air leaks by caulking around windows.


• Use cold water to wash clothes and line dry them instead of using the dryer when possible.


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• Remember to unplug electric chargers, televisions and any appliances you are not using.


Members with questions regarding their bill or any aspect of their electric service can call


TCEC at 580.652.2418. n


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