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energywise You Can Afford To “Go Geo”


After January 1, CKenergy members can install a geothermal heat pump at nearly half the cost.


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veryone knows that geothermal heat pumps save you plenty of


money, but the cost to “go geo” can be prohibitive for many homeowners. After January 1, that problem may no longer be an issue for Kiwash Electric members, who can take advantage of an innovative geothermal program offered by their “new” electric co-op, CKenergy.


CKenergy’s geothermal loop program reduces geothermal installation costs by as much as 50 percent by eliminating the upfront cost of installing ground loops.Under the geothermal loop program, CKenergy Cooperative will install and maintain the loops for a small monthly thermal energy fee of $15-$25, depending on the cost of the loop.


Members who participate in the program also receive an additional cash rebate of $650 per ton on geothermal heat pumps with hot water


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generation, or $450 per ton without hot water generation. To further sweeten the deal, participating members will qualify for a special load control rate, which offers an annual savings of roughly 10 percent over standard residential rates.


Thats not all: Through December 31, 2016, homeowners who install an Energy Star-certified geothermal heat pump are also eligible for a 30 percent federal energy tax credit.


All of these advantages add up to drastically reduced costs on geothermal heat pumps for co-op members—and that’s not counting the monthly savings they will enjoy on their electric bill. According to Energy.gov, geothermal heat pumps typically use 25 to 50 percent less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems.


Add Up The Savings!


CKenergy’s geothermal loop program makes it easier for co-op members to afford a geothermal heat pump. Just look at the benefits:


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Cost of the grounp loops paid by CKenergy


CKenergy heat pump rebate pays from $450 to $650 per ton


30 percent federal energy tax credit available on geothermal heat pumps until December 31, 2016


Estimated 25 to 50 percent reduction in electricity use.


The energy savings coupled with the reduced upfront costs, make “going geo” a real option for co-op members.


If you have questions about the CKenergy geothermal loop program, please contact Boyd Lee at 405-656-9135 or visit www.caddoelectric.coop and click on Energy Sense.


Easy Corn Pudding


INGREDIENTS 1 (15 oz) can creamed corn 1 (15.25 oz) can whole kernel corn 1/4 pound butter, softened 1 (8.5 oz) package corn bread mix 1 (8 oz container sour cream


Reduce energy for water heating. Take simple steps like lowering your heater’s temperature and installing low-flow shower heads to reduce your water heating bills.


Source: Energy.gov DIRECTIONS


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C ). Put butter in 2 quart casserole dish, place in oven until melted.


Remove casserole dish and add creamed corn, kernel corn, corn muffin mix and sour cream. Mix well, bake uncovered approximately 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings.


SOURCE: ALLRECIPES.COM


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