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Working from home saves energy and time by cutting out the commute, but it may increase your home energy bills unless you incorporate some energy-saving ideas.

Here are some tips to save energy at your home office:

 

Computers

Computers use the most energy in office equipment. Here is some computer saving advice:

PARKER, Pa. May 16, 2016 - Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) is proud to announce its 2016 Good Neighbor Scholarship winners. Selection was based on each candidate's merit for nonpaid service to community, church and school. Fifteen students of cooperative members will each receive a $2,000 scholarship to further their education. 

It is always best to have a heat pump or air conditioner unit serviced regularly by a professional. But there are some Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tasks members can do to keep units running tip top. 

 

Clear Around Outdoor Unit

The most important factor for efficient operation is getting maximum air flow through the outdoor condenser. Cut plants and branches back to provide at least 2 feet of clearance.

 

Anyone who uses them regularly knows that dehumidifiers are among the biggest electricity hogs. Using a dehumidifier to suck moisture out of the air can cost more than $100 a year on electricity bills.

There are actually many ways to minimize dehumidifying costs and still remove excess moisture. Here are a few:

 

Due to rising costs, CEC rates will increase by 5 percent, or about $5 a month (for the average residential member).

May is designated National Electrical Safety Month. Each year 43,900 home fires result in 438 deaths, 1,430 injuries, and $1.47 billion in property losses. Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) puts safety first and foremost in everything we do in providing energy you need. So let us review how everyone can make safety a high priority around our homes.

 

Refrigerators use energy whether members are sleeping, away for work, on vacation or watching television. And most homes have more than one. Here are some helpful maintenance tips to save some cash:

 

Springtime has everyone wanting to get outdoors and plant things. Planting the right tree in the right place is one way to save energy. The right tree can provide wind protection, shade and cool air, while adding beauty, privacy, and wildlife habitat to your landscape.

The right tree in the right place also means to pick and plant the right tree so as to minimize conflicts with power lines. Many power outages are caused by trees contacting power lines. 

 

An electric water heater  is second only to space heating and cooling in monthly energy use. A heat pump water heater can reduce water heating costs by half. If you're not ready for making a large water heater investment, over $1,000 just for the tank, here are some ways to save money with your current water heater:

Shopping for a new appliance can be a time consuming task -- especially if a particular appliance hasn't been replaced in a number of years. Technology has probably changed substantially compared to your old appliance. Consider this an opportunity assess the market and make a smart choice to save money in the long run.

 

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