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OEC can help you save

One of my favorite things about summer is the opportunity for fresh, homegrown food, whether it’s shopping at the local farmers’ market or sharing the abundance of garden tomatoes with a neighbor. It’s amazing how just a few seeds, some fertilizer and water can turn into a bounty.

When I think about energy efficiency, I think about that bounty of food and how, with just a few simple actions, you can use less electricity and reap the rewards of energy savings.

You don’t need to be a farmer or botanist to know that plants need water––just like you don’t have to be a lineworker or engineer to know that adjusting the thermostat or turning off lights can reduce your monthly electric bill. In fact, if you read OEC’s publications regularly and follow us on Facebook, you know there are a lot of things you can do at home to save electricity and money.

Summer months bring some of the highest energy bills of the year. But why? Cooling your home accounts for a large portion of your monthly energy use, and the hotter it gets, the harder (and longer) your air conditioner works to keep you cool.

There are several ways you can manage energy use at home, and on the next page, we’re providing a few tips that can help grow your summer energy savings.

But I’d also like to share a few ways we’re here to help you save––not only during the dog days of summer but throughout the year.

One of the great things about being part of OEC is that we’re locally owned by you, our members. So, instead of making profits, we can focus on helping our community. That’s why we’ve developed incentives and programs to help you keep your money in your wallet.

SAVE MONEY WITH THESE EASY INCENTIVES:

Rebates – OEC offers eight ways to give you money back for efficient equipment you purchase, like heat pumps and water heaters. Many of our rebates can be claimed by simply filling out a form. Find a list of all our rebates at okcoop.org/rebates

Free Energy Audits – Our certified energy advisors can determine the overall efficiency of your home and help you find ways to improve it. If you want to do it yourself, we can help with that, too. Learn more at okcoop.org/hecp.

Take Control of Your Use – Use MyOEC to track your energy use. You can even get alerts when your use spikes so you can make changes in real time.

Rates – Now is the time to take a closer look at not just how much electricity you use, but how you use it, so you can be on the rate that keeps more money in your pocket. Our rate options include the Standard Home Rate, a straightforward option for those who prefer a stable rate without worrying about peak hours, the Time-of-Use Rate, a rate perfect for energy savers who are willing to modify behavior to maximize savings, and the Electric Vehicle Rate, ideal for those with high overnight consumption, this plan supports electric vehicle owners and can also be advantageous for households with specific consumption patterns.

Ways to Pay – If you’re having a difficult time paying the higher bills that come with increased use in the summer, contact us to learn about our assistance options at okcoop.org/rates.

Most people don’t know everything about electricity, and that’s why we’re here to help you. There are no investors making profits here. Just knowledgeable people with local jobs, working for our neighbors to ensure there is electricity available when you need it. Contact us, and we can work with you to find more ways to save energy—and money.

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