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Video Game Energy Use 

If your Christmas shopping for video games for the first time, beware that they will increase your electric bill by some degree. A few systems have electric usage comparable to a new refrigerator! The top three game systems are X-Box 360, Nintendo Wii, and PlayStation 3. Each have different energy usage levels (listed below).

The newest consoles have reduced energy consumption by as much as half that of older systems.

LED Christmas Lights

The Christmas holidays are almost upon us. For those who have not started decorating, it is not too late to consider replacing those old inefficient traditional incandescent holiday lights with energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) lamps.

 

Fireplaces and Efficiency

There is nothing like the warm, cozy feel of a fireplace on a cold winter's night. That's if you are sitting directly in front of it. Unfortunately, most fireplaces lose more heat than they produce and cost you money. Here is why:

Saving Energy At Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time to be with family. If you want your electric bill to look as good as your Thanksgiving dinner, here are some tips to accomplish that. 

 

Watch That Thermostat

Lower the thermostat by two degrees. The extra heat generated by cooking and extra people in the home will make up the difference in comfort.

Turn on the ceiling fan to blow up to distribute the extra heat evenly.

Heat Pump Water Heater

An electric water heater consumption is about 45 percent of the average member's monthly bill. If your tank is over ten years old, consider purchasing a heat pump water heater (HPWH).

 

How Does It Work?

A HPWH uses electricity to move heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly. Therefore, it can be two to three times more efficient than a standard resistance electric water heater. 

Comfort With Load Management

Central Electric Cooperative's (CEC) load management program for electric heat affords members a safe, reliable, low-cost heating option to propane or fuel oil. Power to electric heating systems is curtailed during high energy demand periods when electricity is most expensive. Members are offered an electric rate that is 40 percent lower than our residential cost. 

What Is The Best Electric Space Heater? 

The nip in the air reminds us that winter is right around the corner. That means turning on your heating system. Many members use electric space heaters to help supplement their main heating system, or to heat one room or work area. 

Attic Insulation  

If a person can only insulate one area, the attic would be the place. Heat naturally rises and  attic insulation will do more to keep warmth in your home longer for you to enjoy. There are three basic types of attic insulation that can use in your home:

Choosing A Light Bulb       

Replacing a light bulb used to be a simple task. It is not as easy today with the many different types of lamps available. Production of incandescent lamps, the old-fashioned kind with a filament, has been banned by the federal government.

PARKER, Pa., Oct.13, 2014 - As part of Central Electric Cooperative's (CEC's) ongoing effort to improve system reliability, contracted line-clearing crews are clearing lines originating from Mineral Substation in Venango County. Hazlett Tree Service (Hazlett) is clearing the Raymilton feeder of Mineral Substation. Crews are working north of route 62 toward Utica.

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December 2014: Don't Blink, Christmas Electrical Safety List, Winter Fire-Safety Tips for Your Home, Photo Contest Winners, Holiday Coloring Contest, Ho Ho Cake Recipe. read this issue »

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