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Prepaid Takes The Shock Away And Helps You Save On Your Electric Bill


electricity before it is used, and then use the electricity until the credit expires. A good way to understand prepaid metering is to think of it like putting gas in your car.


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repaid metering is as simple as it sounds: Consumers pay for


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 Choctaw Electric. With normal metering, 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?” Prepaid metering is designed to ease – and hopefully eliminate – that shock. Let’s take a look at how it works.


The components of a prepaid metering system aren’t too different from regular metering. Two extra pieces are required; a way to turn off the power when all your money is used and a way for Choctaw 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. You have the prepaid metering equipment installed. Now you can choose from three notification methods—smartphone app, emails or text messages.


With CEC's prepaid 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.


Next, you decide how often you want to buy electricity. Monthly? Weekly? Then you budget for a certain amount 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 metering plans use as much as 10 percent less electricity than their counterparts.


Prepaid metering 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 CEC's prepaid program, please call 800-780-6486 or visit www.choctawelectric.coop.


CEC Inside Your Co-op | JULY 2016 | 5 Community Events


Help us promote your event by sending event details in advance. Please send event information to Jennifer Boling/Inside Your Co-op/ PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743; or e-mail info to jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Events and dates are subject to change.


JULY 3


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Fireworks Display George C. Coffman Football Stadium, Idabel


Freedom Fest High School Parking Lot Haworth


Fireworks Display, Choctaw Casino, Grant, OK


CEC Offices Closed


11-13 Dino Camp, Museum of the Red River, Idabel


Watermelon Hoedown 15th Annual Watermelon Festival Valliant


AUGUST - No Events


SEPTEMBER 6-10 McCurtain Co. Fair, Idabel OK 8-10 Choctaw County Fair, Hugo


9-30 Master at Work, Forest Heritage Center, Broken Bow


15-17 Pushmataha County Fair Antlers


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CEC Annual Meeting Rodeo Arena, Hugo


30-Oct 1 Honobia Bog Foot Fesitval Honobia


30-Oct 1 Deer Festival, Antlers OK


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