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Thanksgiving is one of those special days where we're prepared to spend a little extra money for the people we love. Is it a lost cause to try to save some money on Thanksgiving? Absolutely not. Some of the easiest ways to save money are by saving energy in the kitchen while you're cooking the big dinner. Follow these tips and you'll be grateful for the savings on your November energy bills. 


Old leaky windows are great contributors to high utility bills and uncomfortable homes. But what kind of replacement window does one select? Here are some selection window type choices with pros and cons.


Wood Windows  


  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Can be painted or stained any color
  • Energy efficient


If you are planning to repair or replace your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system, selecting the right contractor is critical to optimum system performance. The contractor is responsible for determining the type and size of the system, explaining options and installing the system in your home. A good contractor should provide a warranty and after-sale service. Here are some tips on identifying the right contractor for the job: 


Ductless, mini-split heat pumps (mini splits) make good retrofit additions to houses without centrally heated  systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible, and very efficient new homes that require only a small space conditioning system.


Halloween is right around the corner and it seems an appropriate time to talk about phantom or vampire loads in our homes. A phantom load is any device that uses power when turned off, but still plugged in.


Winter will soon be here and leaky windows commonly add to winter high utility bills. It is not too late to remedy the situation with a little work.


Prepare Windows     

Before you start to weatherproof, clean windows thoroughly, both inside and out. Inspect the frames and repair any putty that has fallen out or has become chipped. Purchase a quality silicone caulking for the job.

Central Electric Cooperative's (CEC's) Home Efficiency Analysis Tool helps homeowners identify do-it-yourself projects to save energy and money around the home. Projects are ranked by cost, difficulty and savings potential. Each task comes with a fact sheet for guidance, tips and a list of materials. 

Tell us a bit about your home and we'll give you quick tips and fixes, designed around your space.


We would never let our automobiles sit six months without service. That is about how long it has been since your heating system has operated. Complicated machines need maintenance. Now is the time to take action before the thermostat needs turned up. Below are some simple steps you can follow to make sure your heating system is ready for the cold months. 


PARKER, Pennsylvania. Oct.1, 2015 - 2,650 members of Parker-based Central Electric Cooperative (CEC)  experienced a power outage that began around 2:15 p.m. this afternoon. Venango County townships affected were Clinton, French Creek, Irwin, Mineral and Scrubgrass. Outages also occurred in Marion, Mercer and Venango townships located in Butler County. 

CEC crews discovered that a bird caused the problem and full restoration should occur by late afternoon. 

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 be used in your home:


Inside This Issue

November 2015: The "New" Thing, Fall Checklist, Portable Heater Safety, CEC's 78th Annual Meeting, Appliance Rebate Program Update, Make a Difference: Join the MAAC, Sweet Potato Bake Recipe. read this issue »

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