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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.


Heating and cooling accounts for 40 to 50 percent of a home's energy bill. Replacing older heating or cooling equipment is one way to lower these costs. Another way to reduce these costs is by upgrading attic insulation. It is less expensive and you can do it yourself. Two basic types of Do-It-Yourself (DYI) attic insulation are:

  • Batts
  • Loose Fill


Members can review daily electric usage with CEC's "SmartHub." This valuable application permits one to see how much the bill is going to be before it is received. The process is quick and simple.


We typically buy things based on how much of it we get, right? When buying milk, we buy it by volume (gallons). So why should light be any different? For decades, we have been buying light bulbs based on how much energy they consume (watts) -- no matter how much light they give us (lumens).


Your refrigerator is running whether you are sleeping, away for work, on vacation or watching television. Here are some helpful maintenance tips to save you some cash.



For every degree above 70 degrees in your home, your refrigerator or freezer uses 2.5 percent more energy. Keep refrigerators away from unnecessary heat sources such as ranges and windows.


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May 2016: Our "Eggs" are in More Than One "Basket", Generlink Transfer Switch, Isaac Cole & Mikayla Lynn at Annual Meeting, Local Teens Selected for Youth Tour, Thunderstorm Safety, Annual Meeting Registration, Tellers Needed for Elections, Black Bean Salsa Recipe. read this issue »

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