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Everyone should have received their W-2 forms to begin tax preparation. Congress has extended some energy tax credits for home  improvements made up to Dec. 31, 2016. Credit refunds fall into three categories:

- 10 percent of material costs up to a $500 refund.
- Specific dollar refund amount.
- Renewable Energy Systems.

As consumers look for energy-saving products to help the environment and save money, manufacturers are offering more "green" gadgets than ever before. But not all are worth the money, and some are an outright waste. Here are the top gadgets available that are actually worth the price to help you live green and save money while you're at it!

 

PARKER, Pa, Feb. 1, 2016 - Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) of Parker, Pa is excited to announce its eight year of offering the Good Neighbor Scholarship program. Eligible candidates include adult members wishing to further their education, as well as currently enrolled college students and high school seniors. Fifteen scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded in early May 2016.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

Electric space heaters are a good way to provide extra heat to a cold room, or to provide "temporary" heat for places such as a garage or shed.

If someone feels chilly, it can be more efficient to use one space heater in the room they occupy that to turn up the heat in the whole house.

Electric space heaters will raise the electric bill. Let's calculate the monthly cost of running a space heater.

 

PARKER, Pa., Jan. 18, 2016 - In 2015, Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) continued providing safe, reliable electricity at a reasonable cost to its member-owners, was committed to the communities it serves, and dedicated to the Cooperative Difference.

 

Last year, rates remained steady and members received:

- $1,400,000 in capital credits.

- 171 Energy Star appliance rebates totaling almost $10,000.

According to the Department of Energy, cooking accounts for 4.5 percent of total energy use in your home. Combine energy use from the refrigerator, dishwasher and hot water heating and we quickly go to 15 percent. Here are some simple tips to save money on your electric bill that cost very little to implement.

 

PARKER, Pennsylvania Jan. 11, 2016 - Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) resumed its appliance rebate program to members on Jan. 1. Qualifying appliances must be Energy Star rated that promotes efficiency while protecting the environment. 

Six appliances qualify for rebates as follows:

- Refrigerators: $100
- Freezers: $50
- Washing Machines: $50
- Dishwashers: $25
- Window Air Conditioners: $25
- Dehumidifiers: $25

Indoor allergens and pollutants hit their peak in winter when homes are sealed against the cold. Follow these steps for healthier air.

 

Clean Sweep

Regular cleaning reduces allergens and irritants. And use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for the best results. Dust with a damp cloth rather than a feather duster. Don't forget hard-to-reach areas such as ceiling fans and the top of the refrigerator. Purchase unscented, non-aerosol cleaning products.

CEC is excited to announce that our rebate program will resume Jan. 1, 2016. Qualifying appliances must be verified as Energy Star. 

 

Qualifying Appliances

Rebates are available for the following appliances:

Refrigerators: $100
Freezers: $50
Clothes Washers: $50
Dishwashers: $25
Dehumidifiers: $25
Window Air Conditioners: $25

 

The week between Christmas and the New Year's Day often means having guests staying at the house. Whether they be students home from college or out of town relatives making an extended stay, they can add to your electric bill. Also, don't forget about all of those lighted Christmas decorations adding to your energy costs either. Here are some ideas to keep your bill a little lower during the holiday season:

 

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