OEC Partnering with Local First Responders for Public Safety Event

NORMAN, OK — Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) is set to celebrate National Electrical Safety Month alongside Norman Fire Department, EMSSTAT, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department and more on May 18 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Wired Up for Safety touch-a-truck event is free to the public and will feature OEC’s Live Line high voltage demonstrations, a fire truck, ambulance, Bearcat, OEC Fiber’s splicing lab, and more public safety vehicles and equipment used by first responders. 

“OEC is proud to host Wired Up for Safety as a way to spread public awareness of the dangers of electricity but also to promote safe practices,” said Daniel Lofland, OEC energy efficiency solutions specialist. “It will be a hands-on way for members of the public — especially kids — to get an up-close look at what it takes to provide essential services and keep everyone safe.”

Wired Up for Safety will coincide with Norman’s Farmers Market at The Well and the May Fair Arts Festival on Campus Corner. Located at the McFarlin United Methodist’s west parking lot, attendees are invited to stop by May 18 for giveaways, Live Line demonstrations at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30, and to tour vehicles and equipment provided by first responders and other community partners.

“OEC’s long-standing commitment to public and employee safety inspired this event,” said OEC CEO Patrick Grace. “We are grateful for our public safety partners who are joining us to help keep all of our communities safe.”

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is Oklahoma’s largest member-owned electric cooperative, and OEC Fiber is the state’s largest wholly-owned broadband subsidiary. OEC provides electricity to over 62,000 accounts and broadband services to over 38,000 subscribers in seven central Oklahoma counties. The service area includes approximately 2,200 square miles with 5,600 miles of electric line and 3,900 miles of fiber line. To find out more about OEC, visit www.okcoop.org and www.OECFiber.com.

OEC Awards Washington, D.C. Trips to Local High School Juniors

OEC awarded all-expenses-paid trips to six extremely talented high school juniors during the 2024 Youth Tour Banquet held Feb. 22. Justin Baker and Zoie Dunkleberger from Moore High School, Zoë Delheimer from Blanchard High School and Taehyun Hwang from Southmoore High School won a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C. on Oklahoma’s Youth Tour. The other finalists — Belinda Garvie from Tuttle and Makenzie Stone from Blanchard — won trips to Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Both trips will occur this summer.

All applicants were asked to design a community-benefitting project, produce a short video promoting the project and write a professional letter to a leader of their choice about either their project or other public interest issues. Finalists created PowerPoint presentations and “pitched” their community projects in front of OEC trustees, senior staff, representatives from their schools, their families and three independent judges. 

“We want to support and encourage the kind of human who lends their talents and efforts to improving life in their communities,” said Tory Tedder-Loffland, OEC education and outreach programs director. “All six of these finalists qualify as amazing humans who will do amazing things in life.”

The panel of judges included The Honorable Danny Sterling, who represents House District 27, April Doshier, executive director of Food & Shelter, Inc., and Lydia Bomboy, 2017 OEC Youth Tour winner and elementary teacher at OKC Public Schools.

“I am impressed by all the applicants and their passion for service,” Tedder-Loffland said. “This contest emphasizes grassroots initiatives to affect positive change in their communities.”

As winners of the 2024 Youth Tour, Baker, Dunkleberger, Delheimer and Hwang will travel to the nation’s capital in June along with 70 of their peers from electric co-ops across the state. They will spend the week experiencing Washington, D.C.’s historic monuments and museums, meeting with Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and making new, lifelong friends.

While at Camp RYLA, Garvie and Stone will learn improved techniques of leadership. Their enthusiasm and technique are brought back to their communities, where their positive influence impacts those around them. RYLA introduces a large number of young people and their families to the Rotary ideals of service each year. It helps bridge the communication gap between the generations and helps improve relationships among youth groups, families and the community.

“I am confident OEC will be very well represented both in Washington, D.C. and at Camp RYLA,” said OEC CEO Patrick Grace. “The board and I are happy to support programs that encourage our next generation of co-op members to dream big and become the community leaders we know they are capable of becoming.”

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is Oklahoma’s largest member-owned electric cooperative, and OEC Fiber is the state’s largest wholly-owned broadband subsidiary. OEC provides electricity to over 62,000 accounts and broadband services to over 37,000 subscribers in seven central Oklahoma counties. The service area includes approximately 2,200 square miles with 5,600 miles of electric line and 3,900 miles of fiber line. To find out more about OEC, visit www.okcoop.org and www.OECFiber.com.

Powering Life’s Essentials | OEC News

Proudly serving Central Oklahoma’s most reliable electricity — and now internet services — for 87 years

By Brianna Wall

Since Winter Storm Uri and the rolling blackouts of 2021, the electric grid and its complex features have taken center stage. News stations reported on capacity concerns, the Southwest Power Pool became a household name, and legislation attempting to avoid another similar crisis became the most discussed topic at Capitol buildings across the nation. 

Never has reliability been more important. 

OEC’s board of trustees and leadership have long prioritized reliability, setting a strategic plan into motion in 2017 that would drastically reduce the number of outages our system experienced, as well as our outage restoration time, over the following decade. This meant investment in efforts like vegetation management and system upgrades — and a commitment to adopting and deploying innovative technology to support our efforts. 

Enter OEC Fiber.

How OEC Fiber Applies Groundbreaking Technology in our Reliability Efforts

It has been well documented that OEC Fiber — known today as the most affordable, reliable option for high-speed internet in OEC’s service area — was born from our mission to improve reliability for our electric members. By owning the fiber communication across our electric system, we could enhance grid reliability and resilience while minimizing downtime and inconvenience for our 48,000 member-consumers. We call this project Adaptively Controlled Electric System (ACES), and it represents a pivotal shift in grid management strategies of the past.

“Unlike traditional systems, ACES boasts adaptive control mechanisms that dynamically reroute power during major outage events, minimizing service disruptions and maximizing reliability,” explained CEO Patrick Grace. “The impact of ACES on member satisfaction and outage statistics is nothing short of remarkable. Over the past two years, areas served by ACES have witnessed a staggering 70% reduction in outages compared to non-ACES regions.”

OEC’s commitment to enhancing grid resilience doesn’t stop here. Recognizing the transformative potential of ACES, OEC is steadfastly working on expanding the project’s reach to benefit more members across its service area.

“By extending ACES to additional regions, OEC aims to further bolster reliability standards and fortify its infrastructure against potential disruptions,” Grace said.

How Reliability Impacts Members

Prior to OEC’s strategic reliability initiative, members in 2016 were without power for an average of 129 minutes. Compare that number to 58.4 minutes in 2023 — that’s an average of less than one hour without power per member for the entire year, a pretty remarkable feat compared to other utilities. 

“OEC’s score of 58.4 places us in the top 18 percent of most reliable electric co-ops in the nation,” Grace said. “It also takes into consideration the outage time due to our generation and transmission provider, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative. If we were to only look at the outage factors we can control, that number drops to 48.5.”

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reported investor-owned and municipality-operated utility scores have a two-year average of 107 to 164 — 83-180 percent higher than OEC’s score.

The number of outages members experienced also dropped dramatically, from 1.9 outages per year in 2016 to just 0.7 outages per year in 2023, a reduction of 63%! 

How We Continue to Improve Reliability

What caused the outages that did occur in 2023? In short, weather events caused the majority of power interruptions, specifically lightning strikes.

“Oklahoma consistently ranks in the top five most lightning prone states,” said Nick Shumaker, manager of system engineering. “Over the last seven years, we have made significant improvements in our lightning protection equipment across our entire system. Thanks to our investment in this area, our outage time per lightning strike has been reduced by an incredible 90% since 2015.”

Vegetation management also plays a large role in providing safe, reliable electricity. Our efforts to alleviate trees and brush in our lines help our system withstand Oklahoma’s unpredictable weather. Because trees offer environmental and energy efficiency benefits, we encourage the safe planting of trees in a mindful location in conjunction with our infrastructure. Visit link.okcoop.org/treeplantingguide to download our free tree-planting guide and explore our other resources.

All of our efforts culminate with one mission: to improve your quality of life with the safe delivery of highly reliable, reasonably priced electric and fiber internet service. In an age where uninterrupted power supply is paramount and access to high-speed internet is expected, we hope you rest easy knowing we are powering your life’s essentials.

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OEC Urges Members to Contact Them Before Purchasing Solar Panels

During the summer months, solar companies are out in full force selling at-home solar panels to residents. They typically offer lofty deals and sometimes promise to make electric bills all but disappear. Some have even claimed to be partners with OEC, which is a false claim to make. We do not partner with solar companies but have a plethora of solar resources available on our website for those interested in exploring their options.

The information given to homeowners by solar companies is often misleading and inaccurate, causing them to purchase solar systems that are far too large for their homes. What can you do to avoid falling victim to these misleading sales tactics? OEC’s Energy Efficiency Solutions Specialist Daniel Lofland offers some tips.

“When solar salespeople size a home for solar panels, they typically look at your July and August electric bills as the standard,” he said. “They will try to sell you a system that will offset that usage, which is typically the highest period when looking at your last 12 months due to air conditioning, pool pumps and other heavy power users.”

We all have experienced higher usage and higher electric bills in the summer, but we also know this type of usage is not the norm. The other nine months of the year, electricity consumption decreases for most consumers.

“If they build a solar array to fit that high summertime usage, that system will be over-producing in March or April when you use half the amount of power as you do in July or August,” said Lofland. “Electric utilities in Oklahoma — and most other states — only credit consumers for excess production based on the cost of fuel that wasn’t purchased to produce that home’s power, because that home produced its own. This typically equates to about 3.5¢ per kilowatt-hour — and THIS is the key piece of information solar salespeople leave out when selling panels to a homeowner.” 

Residents should ensure the size of their solar array is based on their electric consumption during “shoulder” months like October, November, March or April. 

“Before you consider installing solar panels, I encourage homeowners to ensure their homes are performing as efficiently as possible,” said Lofland. “OEC members have access to a free home energy audit, and other electric providers might offer a similar solution. A solar array can certainly offset usage, but it’s important that your home be well insulated and sealed before installing any kind of distributed generation to maximize savings. This step will also help you avoid installing a system too large for your family’s energy consumption.”

Your electricity provider should be your first call if you are considering installing solar panels on your home. Call their solar experts and request they visit your home and help you size your solar array accordingly. Their expertise in the science behind solar generation, as well as in-depth access to your usage history, will be vital information to have as you make a purchase decision.

OEC members may visit www.okcoop.org/renewables to learn more about the state-of-the-art research OEC’s solar experts have contributed to, view our solar checklist, explore a contractor database, read about our large-scale solar projects and more. Call your electricity provider and ask to speak with their solar experts before finalizing your solar panel purchase.

The Greater Outdoors | OEC News

How OEC Fiber can help build a Wi-Fi-enabled backyard

By Erin McKnight

In recent years, many homeowners discovered the convenience and potential cost savings of creating a smart home. From the improved energy efficiency of smart thermostats to the increased security of smart doorbells and cameras, smart home technology can transform your house into an ideal living space.

However, the delights of smart home devices do not have to be limited to the four corners of your house. With some planning and creative design, you can take the conveniences of smart home technology into your backyard!

“There are many ways our subscribers can take advantage of their Wi-Fi outdoors,” said OEC Fiber President David Goodspeed. “Our goal is to enhance their quality of life by ensuring everyone has access to the services they need.”

The possibilities of outdoor Wi-Fi use are endless. Here are a few ways to create your smart backyard and make your outdoor living area the envy of your neighborhood!

Smart Outdoor Security for Your Backyard

While smart doorbells and cameras have become popular for monitoring your front door and driveway, you can also create additional peace of mind by providing similar security for your backyard. 

Outdoor wireless security cameras let you watch what’s happening in your backyard. You can keep an eye on your kids playing outside while you attend to other matters indoors. Motion sensors can detect unwanted visitors, including wildlife, making a smart outdoor security camera a wise choice.

Outdoor Smart Speakers

Music is a must when entertaining, whether it’s a pool party or an outdoor barbecue. 

And with dust-tight, waterproof outdoor smart speakers, you can arrange a sound system for your backyard or patio that rivals your indoor entertainment set-up! 

Smart speakers can connect to your devices and music apps like Apple Music or Spotify, letting you show off your playlists as you digitally spin tunes outside. Some smart outdoor speakers can individually fill an outdoor area but consider adding multiple smart speakers and pairing them together for a richer sound.

Outdoor Smart TVs 

With today’s technology, you don’t have to sit indoors to enjoy TV or watch a weekend’s worth of fall football. Indeed, more and more backyard barbecues and parties are incorporating live sports and other entertainment on outdoor smart TVs, not limited by the length of the cable cord! 5612200302

“I watched the NBA Finals on the back porch. You can go anywhere,” said OEC Fiber subscriber Walter Kula of Choctaw.

While outdoor smart TVs are more expensive than their indoor counterparts, they endure the elements and last years longer outdoors. Look for IP55-rated models, which are the most moisture-resistant and dust-proof outdoor smart TVs. Some are even pollen-proof!

Smart Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can add a unique ambiance to your backyard. Whether you create dramatic effects by spotlighting shrubbery and trees or stringing-up lights along pathways, smart lighting takes outdoor lighting to the next level. 

Today’s smart lighting tech lets you adjust the power of the lighting, including dimming, with voice commands. Other smart bulbs can change colors and hues—this can be especially useful during holidays! 

And to add to the security features of your backyard, you can also include motion sensors to turn on any lights when a passer-by is detected.

Smart Fire Pits

When the weather cools in fall and winter, you can enjoy the coziness and warmth of a smart fire pit. Some models include features like smokeless fires with adjustable flames, greatly easing the workload of starting and building a fire. 

Other models are traditional fire pits that burn wood and can even be used to cook — or roast marshmallows! Smart technology lets you control the flames through your devices, providing additional safety and convenience.

Smart Barbecue Grills

What outdoor space is complete without a cooker? Smart grills include many features designed to reduce the stress frequently accompanying backyard barbecues. Today’s smart technology is built into your smart grill, keeping you informed on timing and temperature so you don’t undercook your guests’ hamburgers or burn your shish kabobs to crisps. A smart grill can genuinely help make your next backyard barbecue a success!

By setting up a smart backyard, you might enjoy more of your property than you ever imagined. With OEC Fiber’s unmatched network, these smart devices can integrate modern technology seamlessly across your back porch and patio, making your home more livable, secure and valuable.

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Three employees volunteer at 2023 Special Olympics Summer Games

Volunteers from 23 Oklahoma electric co-ops came together in Stillwater in May to assist with the Special Olympics Summer Games. Three employees represented OEC among the record 150 co-op volunteers in Stillwater.

Network Technician III Nick Moyer, Copywriter Erin McKnight and Member Service Associate Rosa Baringer joined other co-op employees and family members as they assisted with track and field events.

Four thousand athletes from across the state participated in the Summer Games. During the three-day event, athletes competed in track and field, bocce, bowling, golf, horseshoes, powerlifting, basketball and softball.

“This was by far the most rewarding experience of my life, especially now that I have a kiddo of my own,” said McKnight. “Seeing the joy on these athletes’ faces and having the opportunity to celebrate with them has changed me for the better.”

Barringer echoed her comments. “It was a humbling and inspiring experience to watch the athletes compete with such joy! I would recommend that everyone volunteer if they get the chance.”

In addition to OEC’s volunteers, the OEC Foundation, Inc. via the Operation Round Up® program donates funds to area Special Olympics teams each year. That funding is made possible by members who round up their monthly electric bills to the nearest dollar.

“Volunteering for Special Olympics is a humbling experience. I am so proud of these young people and their tenacity to overcome their obstacles and win,” said Moyer. “Each participant touched my heart. The high fives were endless, and the smiles and hugs were priceless. I will treasure each minute.”

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Personalize your home lighting and save money on energy bills

By Abby Berry

Gone are the days when a simple flip of the switch was the only choice for illuminating our homes. While we still have this tried-and-true option, we’ve entered a new era of innovative and intelligent technologies, which includes smart lighting. 

Smart lighting connects to Wi-Fi and offers an array of cutting-edge functionality and convenience. Let’s look at the main benefits of smart lighting options. 

Smart lighting is energy efficient

Most smart bulbs utilize LED technology, which is much more efficient than traditional incandescent lighting. Additionally, smart lighting gives you more control over how and when you light your home, ultimately resulting in less energy used for lighting. 

Smart lighting provides convenience and control

Most smart bulbs can be controlled from an app on your smartphone or can be paired with your voice assistant, like Amazon Alexa. You can conveniently control lighting settings from anywhere in your home or when you’re away. Whether you want to set a schedule for lighting or adjust brightness levels, these smart options offer effortless control from the comfort of, well, anywhere!

Smart options empower you to personalize home lighting

Bright, warm, purple, green––whatever mood you want to create, smart lighting can help. For a more traditional look, try dimmable white bulbs. If you want to create the perfect ambiance for movie night, look for bulbs that can be adjusted for a variety of vibrant colors. The possibilities are endless. 

While smart lighting offers convenience and control, keep in mind your wall light switch will need to stay “on” for you to control the smart bulb from your phone or via voice command. To use a smart bulb, the wall switch it’s connected to must be “on” so the bulb receives power, which enables it to connect to a Wi-Fi network. 

If you need additional options to operate the lights, consider a smart light switch. Today’s smart switches tend to play nicely with smart bulbs. If you want to control your smart bulbs with a physical switch (in addition to using your phone and voice commands), look for smart switches that include a built-in feature that allows both. Many smart light switches include motion detectors as well. 

If you’re looking to take the plunge and integrate multiple smart bulbs to your home lighting system, your best bet may be a kit, like the Philips Hue Starter Kit. Most kits include several bulbs and any additional tools you’ll need to get started. 

If you’re new to smart home tech and looking to start small, try a smart bulb in a high-traffic area of your home. It’s also worth noting that smart plugs are a great starter option and allow convenient control of lamps or other lighting fixtures that are plugged in to a wall outlet. Smart plugs are inexpensive and simply plug in to your existing outlet. Electrical items that are connected to the smart plug can be controlled from a smart phone app, just like smart bulbs. 

Whether you’re looking for more convenience, colorful options or better ways to manage energy use, smart lighting can provide multiple benefits. Determine which smart lighting features are most important for your needs, then start shopping!

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Make-A-Wish Oklahoma grants childhood dreams and medical triumphs

By JoMarie Ramsey

In the heart of Oklahoma, a wonderful organization known as Make-A-Wish brings hope, joy and healing to children battling critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, a chapter of the national foundation serving the entire state, has made dreams come true for these brave kids for several years. Last year, two children in Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s service territory had their wishes fulfilled due to a large donation from The OEC Foundation.

“One of the driving forces behind our success is the donations from organizations,” said Erin Nantois, Make-a-Wish Oklahoma’s director of philanthropy. “Their support and collaboration profoundly impact the lives of countless wish children and their families.”

The Impact: The OEC Foundation’s support is evident through the stories of wish children like Austin and Tallyn. Austin, a five-year-old boy with high-risk stage 4 neuroblastoma, comes from a large, loving family, Nantois said. With the OEC Foundation’s help, Make-A-Wish Oklahoma provided Austin and his family the opportunity to create lasting memories during a challenging time.

“The light at the end of the tunnel was something that Austin and our family focused on during these difficult days when hope seemed out of reach,” said Austin’s mother, Joyce.

Tallyn, a young girl battling Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, eagerly awaited her wish experience for over two years due to COVID-19 restrictions, Nantois said. With the support of the OEC Foundation, Tallyn, a big fan of all things princesses, lived out her dreams at Disney World, met her favorite Disney princesses and enjoyed an unforgettable trip with her family.

“I don’t think I realized just how big of an impact it would be,” said Tallyn’s mother, Karin. “I knew a Disney trip would be amazing, but I don’t think I realized just how magical and healing it would be for our entire family.”

The Healing Power of Wishes: Research has shown that children with something positive to look forward to, such as a wish experience, exhibit improved compliance with treatments, better emotional well-being and even enhanced physical health, Nantois said.

“By providing hope and a tangible goal, wishes contribute to the overall well-being of these resilient children,” Nantois said. “We have seen it time and again, children with a wish to look forward to improve not just physically, but emotionally and mentally.”

Following the fulfillment of their child’s wish, 94% of parents observed remarkable enhancements in their child’s emotional well-being, according to Make-a-Wish Foundation’s 2022 Impact Report. The effect was so profound that 91% of parents believed the granted wish contributed to their child’s improved chances of overcoming their illness. As a testament to the transformative power of wishes, a striking 91% of parents regarded the wish experience as an essential component of their child’s medical treatment.

Operation Round Up: Since 1997, donations from generous members who round up their monthly bills have funded more than $51,000 in donations to Make-a-Wish Oklahoma, helping more than 60 children in our service territory.

“It is so special to have these community partnerships,” said Education & Outreach Programs Director Tory Tedder-Loffland. “Seeing the direct impact of our members’ and employees’ donations on these families reminds us of why we do what we do.”

Collaboration and Fundraising: As Director of Philanthropy, Nantois focuses on fundraising to support the organization’s mission. Through grant writing, corporate partnerships and community engagement, Make-A-Wish Oklahoma raises funds to grant wishes and provide vital support to families.

“Every donation means more wishes granted, which clears the way for more kids to come down,” Nantois said. “It clears the way for the 300 waiting children behind them.”

Get Involved! Volunteer Opportunities and Community Engagement: Make-A-Wish Oklahoma understands the importance of community involvement and the power of volunteers, Nantois said. Programs like “Kids for Wish Kids” enable high school students to organize fundraisers and contribute to granting wishes locally, Nantois said. College students can join the “Wishmakers on Campus” club, while young professionals can participate in the Young Professionals Council. These opportunities allow individuals to give back to their community while building meaningful connections.

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Convenience is key for members attending this year’s Annual Meeting & Member Appreciation Night

For members who have attended OEC’s Annual Meeting & Member Appreciation Night in the past, this year’s event will look completely different. Due to construction inside the University of Oklahoma’s Lloyd Noble Center (LNC), the event will take place as a drive-thru in the LNC’s parking lot on Friday, Sept. 15.

As details of the event continue to take shape, here’s what we can share about this year’s Annual Meeting:

  • Members who attend will receive a $30 bill credit (a $10 increase from 2022).
  • Convenience is key, as OEC staff will register you from the comfort of your vehicle. Simply follow the signs and friendly faces!
  • As usual, members who attend will receive a bag filled with free OEC and OEC Fiber items.
  • Those who attend might be one of our lucky prize winners — including two $1,000 grand prizes!
  • Unfortunately, the logistics of a drive-thru event do not allow for food to be served.

“Because of the LNC’s construction, we have the opportunity to try a different concept we believe our members will enjoy,” said Brianna Wall, OEC manager of marketing and member relations. “Fortunately, many of our co-op peers across the nation have tested this drive-thru meeting format, and we believe we can offer our members the same successful experience.”

More details will be provided in next month’s Co-op News and as Sept. 15 draws near. 

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As the scorching temperatures of mid-summer approach, energy bills tend to soar, leaving many individuals and families seeking ways to combat the rising costs. At Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, we understand the impact of these soaring bills and strive to ensure that our grid and systems are fully prepared to handle these factors. Our commitment to renewable and efficient energy solutions positions us as your go-to experts in this field, offering you the guidance and resources to navigate the challenges of high energy consumption during the hottest months of the year.

One of the key ways we prioritize summer efficiency is through our Home Energy Audit Consultation Program, which we proudly introduce in this issue. While it might seem counterintuitive for an electricity provider to encourage using less of our service, as a local cooperative, we are dedicated to improving our members’ quality of life in multiple ways. By offering innovative energy programs that put money back in your pocket, we aim to serve you better and empower you to make informed decisions about your energy consumption.

So, what exactly does our Home Energy Consultation Program offer? A home energy efficiency specialist from Precise Building Performance completes a comprehensive whole-home energy audit. This audit evaluates your home’s ability to seal in heat and air, checks for potential duct leakage and ensures adequate attic insulation. Turn to page __ to transform your home into a more energy-efficient and cost-effective space.

In addition to home energy audits, we recognize the significance of intelligent lighting options in reducing energy consumption and enhancing your overall home experience. Our article on intelligent lighting options, featured on page __, provides valuable insights into the various innovative solutions available. These cutting-edge technologies, from smart bulbs to automated lighting systems, enable you to customize your lighting settings while significantly reducing energy usage.

Furthermore, as we embrace the concept of a smart and connected lifestyle, we invite you to explore the possibilities of building a smart backyard. Turn to page __ to uncover how to transform your outdoor space into a smart technology hub.

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative knows the importance of prioritizing summer efficiency during the year’s hottest months. We are dedicated to providing you with the tools, knowledge and resources to achieve energy efficiency and savings. Together, we can make a difference.

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