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Don't let your home waste energy while you're away


You can’t wait for summer vacation. But is your house ready?


Before you hit the road for the long July 4 weekend:


• If you’re not leaving any pets in the house, crank up your thermostat to about 85 degrees. Don’t worry about re-cooling your house when you get home; the energy you save while you’re away will exceed the energy it takes to cool the place off when you get home. A caution: Don’t turn the a/c completely off. A home that gets too hot during the summer can invite mold and mildew.


• Close all of the windows, for safety’s sake. And draw the curtains, shades and blinds. They will block sunlight and heat from getting into your rooms and making your empty house hotter.


• Unplug the TV, computers, phone chargers and countertop appliances. Even appliances that are turned off use energy if they’re still plugged in.


• Leave a few lights on for safety, but turn the rest off. And check ceiling fans, alarm clocks, coffee makers and other auto-on devices to make sure they’re out of commission while you’re away from home.


For more information on how you can lower your home energy costs, please contact Brad Kendrick at 800-780-6486 or email bakendrick@choctawelectric.coop.


SAVE YOUR


SPACE!


The Choctaw Electric Annual Meeting is the perfect place to showcase local crafts, artwork and business products, or increase awareness of your organization.


To reserve a free booth space, please fill out the vendor booth reservation form and submit it to CEC by September 16, 2016.


Join the fun—and reach over 1,500 CEC members, family and friends!


2016 CEC ANNUAL MEETING Vendor BoothReservation Form


Organization ___________________________________________ Contact person _________________________________________ Daytime Telephone ______________________________________


Mailing Address _________________________________________ _________________________________________


Products to be displayed/sold _______________________________ _____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________


Do you require electricity? _____Yes _____No Number of booth spaces


_______________


Vendors must bring their own tables, chairs and electrical cords. Reservation deadline: September 16, 2016


Please send booth reservation form to:


Jia Johnson, Choctaw Electric Cooperative PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743 ATTENTION:


All special requests must be approved prior to Annual Meeting.


SEND US EMAIL: Please email questions for Ask Your Co-op to: Jennifer Boling, jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Or, mail questions to Choctaw Electric Cooperative, PO Box 758, Hwy 93 North, Hugo,Oklahoma 74743.


CO-OP ASK YOUR


Q Why does CEC have an arts and crafts show at the annual meeting? Isn't is supposed to be about the co-op business?


Yes, Choctaw Electric holds an annual meeting for the purpose of conducting business. That business can mean electing trustees, voting on bylaw amendments, or discussing other important issues that affect your co-op.


In order to conduct official co-op business, the CEC bylaws require a quorum of five percent of CEC members in attendance at the annual meeting. Depending on the matters at hand, not to mention the busy lives of our members, it can be mighty difficult to convince members to sacrifice their Saturday morning for a boring business meeting.


To combat apathy and attract a fair representation of CEC's diverse membership, your co-op has to pour a little fun into the meeting. Food, drink, games, prizes, live music and arts and crafts are the best ingredients we know of to create a fun, festival atmosphere.


All that light-hearted hoopla actually serves an important purpose. It pulls hundreds of members and their families to the annual meeting so the important business can actually take place. That's a smart idea.


sLucky Account # 38845985 ($75 Bill Credit). If the account number above belongs to you, contact your co- op by the 10th of the month to claim your $75 bill credit. Call Jennifer Boling at 800-780-6486, ext. 207, or contact CEC via email or in person.


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