2022 January NAEC Arkansas Living Center Pages

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MILES OF FIBER

TOTAL INVESTMENT

50,000+

$1.6 BILLION

TOTAL RESIDENTS SERVED

ARKANSAS COUNTIES SERVED

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The state of Arkansas will award millions in broadband funding, and Diamond State Networks hopes to bring service to your area. Here’s how you can help:

We are a partnership formed by 14 Arkansas, member-owned electric cooperatives. Our mission is to catalyze the growth of 1. Let your Arkansas state legislators know you high-speed connections throughout our state and to help make support Diamond State Networks and the Arkansas the most significantly connected state in the country. rural cooperatives’ plan for better broadband. Diamond State Networks is committed to providing high-speed network connections, the next essential service. ARBroadbandNow Service Questionnaire Take This information is confidential and2.the datathe willbroadband only be usedsurvey to verifyatthe need for a broadband surveymonkey.com/r/arbroadband. network intended to enhance the availability and performance of broadband service to the community.

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NAEC gives third graders new shoes

Instead of a space heater, consider using an electric blanket to stay warm.

Reconsider use of space heaters Small space heaters are meant to do exactly as their name says: heat a small space. Unfortunately, many use portable space heaters to heat their entire home, which can lead to high electric bills. If using a space heater to compensate for problems in your home, such as inadequate insulation, drafty windows and exterior doors, or an inefficient heating system, space heaters are not a practical solution. Your best bet is to improve the overall efficiency of your home. If you’re on a tight budget, caulking and weather stripping around windows and exterior doors is a low-cost, easy way to save energy. Depending on the size of your home, adding insulation can be a great next step. Loose fill insulation typically costs $1 to $1.50 per square foot. Taking these proactive energy-saving measures, rather than relying on space heaters for supplemental warmth, can reduce your heating and cooling costs for years to come. Also consider other ways to stay warm, such as extra layers of clothing or Underwriter’s Laboratory-approved electric blankets. If you have hardwood or tile floors, lay down area rugs to provide additional insulation and maintain warmth. We know it’s cold out there, but remember in addition to being a safety concern, space heaters can increase your energy costs significantly. If you’re looking for alternative ways to save energy and increase comfort in your home, contact an NAEC energy adviser at 870-8953221 or info@naeci.com. 26 22

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Third grade students are playing in new athletic shoes courtesy of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s Sole Power Project. The service project began eight years ago as a way to help third graders in local public schools. It demonstrates NAEC’s concern for community, which is one of the seven cooperative principles by which the co-op operates. Students in the following school districts received shoes: Calico Rock, Cave City, Cotter, Highland, Hillcrest, Izard County Consolidated, Mammoth Spring, Melbourne, Mountain Home, Norfork, Salem and Viola.

A Hackler Intermediate student shows off his new shoes. NAEC gave every third grader a pair.


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