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important role in the power restoration effort—and that includes you.


As a CEC member, your role includes properly reporting outages and safety hazards when and where you spot them. Simply knowing your member account number, service address and pole number when you report trouble is a huge help to your co-op.


Know the Right Way To Report Trouble 3. Please do not use Facebook to report power outages. Facebook is not monitored around the clock and your report may not be processed in a timely manner. Use the other online options available via your co-op website and Smarthub


hen a major storm strikes your co-op service area, every person plays an


There are other ways you can help, too.


1. Post your account number, service address and pole number near your phone or another handy location where you can find it easily.


2. Remember, during a major outage, your co-op is experiencing an extremely high call volume. Provide some relief by reporting your outage online at www. choctawelectric.coop. Use the outage report link on the homepage or login to SmartHub and report it there.


Don’t Let Bills Bury You!


If you’re struggling to make financial ends meet, please let CEC know before your bill is overdue. Our customer service representatives are happy to help you set up a payment plan you can live with. They also provide a list of agencies that offer help to those in need.


Please call 800-780-6486.


4. If possible, work out an outage reporting plan with your neighbors. Rather than every neighbor calling to report an outage, make one person responsible for reporting the outage in your area.


5. If you notice downed lines or other unsafe situations, please report it immediately to your co-op or your local sheriff’s department. Report to CEC online at www.choctawelectric.coop, via SmartHub, or call 800-780-6486.


6. Remember, that your co-op personnel are working long, hard hours in extremely difficult and hazardous working conditions. Your patience and cooperation are greatly appreciated.


Light Up Your


Holidays For Less Choose energy efficient LEDs


Choosing LED lights for Christmas will help you use less electricity. They also have the following advantages:


Safer: LEDs are much cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion or burnt fingers.


Sturdier: LEDs are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, and are much more resistant to breakage.


Longer lasting: The same LED string could still be in use 40 holiday seasons from now.


Easier to install: Up to 25 strings of LEDs can be connected end-to-end without overloading a wall socket.


Estimated cost of electricity to light a six-foot tree for 12 hours a day for 40 days


Incandescent C-9 lights LED C-9 lights


Incandescent Mini-lights LED Mini-lights


Estimated cost* of buying and operating lights for 10 holiday seasons


Incandescent C-9 lights LED C-9 lights


Incandescent Mini-lights LED Mini-lights


$122.19 $17.99


$55.62 $33.29


*Assumes 50 C-9 bulbs and 200 mini-lights per tree, with electricit at $0.119 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) (AEO 2012 Residential Average). Prices of lights based on quoted prices for low volume purchases from major home improvement retailers. All costs have been discounted at an annual rate of 5.6%. Life span assumed to be three seasons (1,500 hours) for non-LED lights.


$10.00 $0.27


$2.74 $0.82


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