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Change Your Air Filter Regularly. It only takes a couple of minutes to change the air filter in your heating/cooling system. It’s simple and easy. As TogetherWeSave. com has shown, changing your filter every month can save you $82 a year.
But that’s not all you can save. A dirty air filter makes your system work harder to keep you cool, which wastes energy. Changing your air filter regularly helps to insure efficient operation and keep your electricity bill in check. What’s more, a dirty air filter allows dust and dirt to build up in your system. Changing your air filter regularly can reduce the need for costly maintenance and prevent damage to your system.
And when winter arrives, it’s just as important to change your air filter regularly. Your heating system needs to work as efficiently as possible to keep you warm, and a clean air filter helps it do that.
Experts recommend turning your system off before changing the air filter. Make sure that the arrow on the filter—which indicates the direction of the airflow—is pointing toward the blower motor. When you’ve made the change, turn your system back on. To save time, it’s a good idea to keep a couple of spare filters on hand.
For other tips on how to save energy—and money—visit Touchstone Energy’s energy-saving website or call the energy experts at CCEC. Find out how the little changes add up at www.TogetherWeSave.com.
Exciting News For CCEC Members And Area Residents
We have some exciting news to share regarding a new project CCEC will be undertaking. TransWorld Network, Corp. (TWN) is a communications company that works in partnership with rural electric cooperatives to provide high speed Internet to co-op members and those in surrounding areas. TWN currently works with Lighthouse, Lyntegar, North Plains, Big Country and Greenbelt Electric Cooperatives to provide this service to customers with great success. CCEC has decided to also offer this program because of the continued need in our area for reliable and affordable broadband services, coupled with our desire to provide additional value added services to our members and those in surrounding areas.
TWN has built a solid reputation over the past 20+ years they have worked alongside electric cooperatives throughout the United States. Much like co-ops, TWN strives to offer the highest level of customer care to those they serve. In partnership with TWN, CCEC will offer high-speed Internet and digital phone service throughout our service territory and surrounding areas. It is important to note that to be a TWN customer, it is not a requirement to be a CCEC member. Initially, service will be available in limited areas while the network infrastructure is being developed and deployed. Internet plans will start at $43.95 per month for a plan that offers speeds up to 2 Mbps. The fastest residential plan will be $99.95 per month and will provide speeds up to 10 Mbps to allow adequate bandwidth for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Business plans will also be available with speeds and pricing customized for each business.
We anticipate that services will be available in select areas beginning in the fall. A representative from TWN will be at the CCEC Annual Meeting July 15th to answer any questions you may have.
We are excited to share this new service with our community. Since 1937, it has been our utmost priority to meet the needs of those we serve.
Clint Gardner Elected to Board of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives
ARLINGTON, VA (January 28, 2016) – Clint Gardner, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Coleman County Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Coleman, Texas, was recently elected to the board of directors of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives represents a nationwide alliance of more than 750 local, member-owned electric co-ops in 46 states dedicated to providing members with safe, reliable and affordable
electricity. Coleman County Electric Cooperative, Inc. has been a Touchstone Energy cooperative since 2015 and serves approximately 9,000 members in Central Texas.
The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Board of Directors consists of 13 members responsible for setting policy, establishing long-term goals, monitoring general operations, and approving the organizational outcomes and allocation of resources. Gardner will begin his three-year term in February at the board’s reorganizational meeting during the NRECA Annual Meeting.
“I’m honored to be elected to the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Board of Directors,” Gardner said. “The energy industry is changing rapidly, and it’s important for members to know they have a voice that’s looking out for them. Touchstone Energy cooperatives are committed to be the trusted source our members can turn to for accurate and reliable information about energy options for their homes, farms and businesses.”
Gardner has served as CEO/General Manager of Coleman County Electric Cooperative, Inc. since May, 2014. Prior to that, he served as Manager of Member Services/Marketing at Otero County Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Cloudcroft, NM.; Manager of Personnel & Administration at Lyntegar Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Tahoka, Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Health Education from Wayland Baptist University. Gardner resides in Coleman, Texas with his wife Shana.
About Touchstone Energy
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is a nationwide alliance of more than 750 consumer-owned electric cooperatives dedicated to serving their members and communities with integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. Touchstone Energy co-ops collectively deliver power and energy solutions to more than 30 million members every day.
Savings At Your Finger Tips
The Touchstone Energy Together We Save app is a tool designed to cut your costs and better connect you to your cooperative. With its easy navigation and customizable features, this free app is a staple to the informed member/consumer.
Know How to Stay Safe from Lightning Strikes
A rainy day can all too quickly turn into a disaster when thunder and lightning are present. The high level of voltage in lightning is not something with which to take chances. Knowing how to stay protected in a storm is key to preventing a tragedy and costly injuries.
There is no safe place from lightning when you are outside. The best way to stay safe from the threat of lightning is to stay inside and avoid interacting with any appliances, electrical outlets and wires, cables, phone lines, water, and piping.
Preparation is also important. Listen to, watch, or download weather forecasts so that you know if there is a chance of severe weather. If there is a chance, reschedule the activity or make sure you can get to a safe location if a thunderstorm develops. Safe shelters are in fully enclosed buildings or in a fully enclosed metal-topped vehicle.
Open vehicles, such as convertibles, motorcycles, and golf carts, are not safe. Open structures — such as porches, gazebos, pavilions, and baseball dugouts — are not safe either.
Before the thunderstorm, turn off or unplug corded appliances, stay away from television sets, and do not depend on surge protectors to absorb a lightning strike. Turn off your air conditioner to help protect the compressor from a potential power surge and costly repairs from the storm.
Also, during the thunderstorm, do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
After a storm, wait until 30 minutes have passed without lightning or thunder before returning outside. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles from the area in which it is raining. If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and care for the victim immediately. You are not in danger of being shocked or electrocuted by the victim.
The potential long-term effects of a lightning strike can be just as brutal as the accident itself, so take precautions. Check weather forecasts, and plan to be inside a safe shelter.
For more information, visit SafeElectricity.org.
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