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Products to Avoid:


When it comes to saving energy,


caveat emptor is alive and well. We are all bombarded by claims that border on outright falsehoods, so it pays to view sav- ings claims from third parties cautiously. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it generally is.


Electric space heaters drain energy savings from your home if used incor- rectly. Companies make elaborate claims about the amount of money you can save and charge exorbitant sums for their products. The advertisements frequently target those on a fixed income, present- ing false hope while extracting precious dollars from their customers. I have seen


If it Seems too Good to be True, It Probably is


a number of these space heaters and admit they appear to be well made, but they typically offer no better economy than any other 1,500- Watt electric heater. Bottom line, electric space heaters should only be used to heat small spaces – not your entire home. Black boxes


that claim to clean up power, protect appliances and reduce energy use come and go. These


often require an electrician to install and claim to improve power quality, smooth out power fluc- tuations and store energy so you can reduce your bills. Save your money. The concepts they present are already in use by NFEC and require utility-size equipment to de- liver them. Some- thing that can fit in a shoebox is not


going to deliver any value, at least not in the areas promised. If you are concerned about protecting your sensitive appliances and electronics, talk to NFEC about surge protection.


Friday, November 11


NFEC offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday Nov. 25 to allow our employees to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.


Please call 1-800-668-6587 or 580-928-3366 to report an outage.


When you see the ad that reads, “The power companies don’t want you to know,” skip it. These are generally claims around building your own renewable energy source from parts easily obtained at the local hardware store or a motor that produces limitless “free” electricity. At least in the case of the homemade renew- ables and limitless motor you get some cool plans and parts lists. You decide if it’s worth $50 – $200. I’d give it a pass. Here is a non-technology warning. Scammers love to call or stop by claiming they represent the local power company. Never give anyone personal or financial information who claims to be a NFEC employee without confirming their iden- tity. Ask for a call back number from the caller, then check with the co-op. Ask the door-to-door person for a valid NFEC ID. If they really are a co-op employee, they’ll be able to prove it.


Most of us want to save energy and keep our bills manageable. Technology can help do this, but be careful. Call Northfork Electric at 580-928-3366 before making any investments in technology that seem too good to be true. You’ll be glad you did.


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