​​​​​​​OEC Big Check Shines Light on LED Rebate Program

​​​​​​​OEC Big Check Shines Light on LED Rebate Program

NORMAN, Oklahoma (August 24, 2018) —  Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC) cut a big check to Little Axe Public Schools – $27,936 – as a rebate for the schools’ recent transition to LED lighting.


Little Axe swtiched every lightbulb on their property with an LED version, replacing over 4,500 lamps.


“It was a pretty big initial investment,” said Little Axe Superintendent Jay Thomas, “but, we are already seeing the benefits.”


LEDs use 60 to 80 percent less energy than traditional lighting methods, estimates the U.S. Department of Energy. Quality LED bulbs will last 25 times longer than traditional bulbs which can more than make up for the initial investment. They have the additional advantages of burning cooler, being a more efficient task light and as they contain no mercury, they are more environmental friendly.


Little Axe completed their retrofit in May, and they already see an 12 percent reduction in kilowatt use. That is significant savings considering it includes only one month of school—three weeks in May and one in August. While Little Axe is the first school to take advantage of OEC’s LED retrofit program, they won’t be the last.


“We are ecstatic to offer this cost-savings program to the schools we serve,” said Tory Tedder-Loffland, education and outreach coordinator at OEC. “We hope it alleviates some of the pain of recent budget cuts and helps create a positive educational environment for students.”


The LED retrofit program is a partnership between OEC and its power supplier, Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and is available to schools, churches, and commercial consumer-members. To find out more about the program and savings, contact Randy Harnsberger, key accounts manger at 405-217-6705 or randyh@okcoop.org.


Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is the state’s largest member-owned electric cooperative and provides electricity to over 44,000 members and 55,000 accounts in seven central Oklahoma counties. The service area includes approximately 5,500 miles of line in over 2,200 square miles.  To find out more about OEC, visit www.okcoop.org.