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Pay by Check Using Smarthub Another convenient payment option


Add it to the growing list of Smarthub convenience: Now you can use Smarthub to pay your bill by check. To add checking to your payment options, simply open your SmartHub account, click on “Bill & Pay." Next, choose“Pay”, then “Payment


Method”, and finally “Checking Account." You will be asked to enter your bank account information so have it handy.


Certain restrictions apply: Members with two or more bad checks, or members who have been disconnected for non-pay will be unable to use Smarthub's pay by check service. Please call Choctaw Electric at 800-780-6486 to pay using check.


WINTER HEATING REMINDER:


If you use heat tapes to protect your pipes from freezing, be sure to check them periodically to make sure they are not running continually. Heat tapes stuck in the "on' position can cause your bill to increase drastically.


CEC Newsletter Wins Awards Over 600 entries makes for stiff competition


Choctaw Electric's monthly newsletter Inside Your Co-op received several honors in the Oklahoma electric cooperative communications competition.


The contest, sponsored by Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and Oklahoma Living magazine, highlights excellence in cooperative communications via newsletters, annual reports, websites, and social media.


Coming Soon


24-Hour Pay Sites!


Looking for a quick and easy way to pay your CEC electric bill? Watch for CEC Pay Site kiosks coming soon to the following Choctaw Travel Plaza locations:


• •


Antlers Idabel


• Atoka • Broken Bow


A Pay Site kiosk will also be located at the Save-A-Lot Grocery Store, Hugo.


inside your co•op


Published for members of Choctaw Electric Cooperative january 2016


The Long Road To Energy Savings INSIDE


Understanding energy demand could help you save money. page 2


Don't let a space heater burn a hole in your pocket: Tips for more efficient operating. page 4


Brace yourself for the brunt of winter storms. page 5


Youth Tour inspires rural teens to become effective leaders. page 6


his home's high monthly energy bills. Built in the 1970s, the 2,500 sq. foot total electric home west


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of Broken Bow gobbled up kilowatts at a cost of $300 to $400 per month.


Frustrated and concerned, Speck contacted his co-op. CEC responded by sending an energy specialist to Speck's home to perform an on-site energy assessment.


The report wasn't exactly music to his ears. "We were losing a great deal of heat through our roof," Speck said.


To resolve the problem, CEC recommended


a new roof. Hardly small change for any homeowner, the report suggested other significant upgrades — installing new windows, new appliances, adding more insulation, placing thermostat controls on their hot tub and swimming pool, and swapping out all light bulbs for more efficient CFLs.


"The light bulbs alone were an investment," exclaimed Speck. "My gosh, when you count all the bulbs in your house, it really adds up!"


Still, Speck and his wife, Jane, took the assessment to heart. They set their home on a long-range energy improvement plan with the end goal to reduce their monthly electric bill.


"We couldn't do it all at once," Speck said. Instead, they took it one step at a time, making improvements as they could afford them. The first year, a new roof; the next, new appliances. Meanwhile, they made all-important lifestyle changes regarding their energy use behavior.


ix years ago, Choctaw


Electric (CEC) member Jerry Speck sought answers to


For CEC member Jerry Speck, the payoff seems worth the wait.


"We always keep our thermostat at 68° in the winter and we lower it even more when we leave the house," Speck said. "To keep the chill off, we keep electric blankets in our chairs for extra warmth when we're sitting or watching TV."


A supplement to Oklahoma Living


Jerry Speck's electric bills are dropping due to recent home improvments. PHOTO/BRAD KENDRICK, CEC.


Slowly but surely, the changes paid off. Speck said with every upgrade they noticed small but incremental improvements in their overall energy costs. They also noticed improvements in the quality of their indoor environment. "The double-pane windows reduced the outside noise a lot, which was a nice bonus," he said.


But the final leg in the plan—increasing insulation levels throughout the home—is when it all seemed to come together.


With help from his son-in-law, Speck added 18 to 24 inches of insulation to his home's existing six-inch layer. To save on installation costs, they rented an insulation blower from the local hardware store. The job took around five to six hours to complete and cost around $1,500, Speck estimated.


That was two months ago. Speck's most recent electric bill totaled $148. "It was a nice surprise compared to what we've seen in the past, but the warmer weather probably had something to do with it, too," he said.


Speck may not be ready to proclaim his home cured of all energy gluttony, but he feels pretty confident the work they've invested thus far will pay off. Just how much remains to be seen.


"We'll know more as time goes by, but we're certainly off to a good start," he said. "I think we will continue to see more savings."


For more information on CEC's free home energy assessments or loans for energy efficiency improvments, please call 800-780-6486, ext. 207, or visit www.choctawelectric.coop for details.


CEC received the competition's highest ranking award of excellence in the news feature, layout and design, and column categories. CEC' s Jennifer Boling won an award of merit in the news photo category.


The newsletter also received a second place award of merit for best overall content. The awards were distributed at the recent co-op communicator's conference in Oklahoma City.


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Scan this code with your smartphone or tablet to read the monthly minutes of your co-op board meeting. Minutes are also available at any CEC location.


To scan the code, install a Bar Code Scanner app, available at the App Store.


CEC Inside Your Co-op | DECEMBER 2016 | 3 MINUTES


CEC


inside your co•op


Published for members of Choctaw Electric Cooperative july 2016


A supplement to Oklahoma Living. INSIDE


Introducing your new GM. page 2


How your co-op works. page 4


Prepaid takes the shock away. page 5


Tips to help your kids get energy smart. page 6


Bring your booth to the CEC Annual Meeting. page 7


Hello From Washington!


Choctaw Electric's Youth Tour winners Dawson Sullivan, Silas Maple and Indiana McNutt pause for a photo during their recent visit to Washington DC. The trio spent their days seeing the many historic and cultural attractions in and around our nation's capitol. The teens returned from their trip on June 16 and from all reports, had a wonderful time.


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