2020 March North Arkansas Electric "Arkansas Living" Center Pages

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NAEC scholarship applications being taken until April 13

Juniors: Apply for Youth Tour to D.C. High school juniors may apply for the 2020 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., through March 13. NAEC will send up to five teenagers on the all-expense-paid trip June 19-25. They’ll tour the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and more. The Youth Tour application is at www.naeci.com/youth-tour. To be eligible, the applicants’ parents or guardians must be NAEC members. For more information, please see the application, call 870-895-6210 or email tmoss@naeci.com. 22

MARCH 2020

Always call 811 before digging so that buried utilities may be marked. The free service can prevent injury or death and save costly repairs or fines.

Identify buried lines by calling 811 Before building a fence, planting a tree or beginning other projects that require digging, remember to dial 811 first. Underground utilities, such as buried electric, gas and water lines, can be a shovel thrust away from turning a project into a disaster. Stay safe by dialing 811 to find out where utility lines run on your property. Your call will be routed to a local “one-call” center. Tell the operator where you’re planning to dig and what type of work you will be doing, and affected utilities will be notified. In a few days, a locator will arrive to designate the approximate location of any underground lines, pipes and cables. These areas will be marked with flags or paint, so you’ll know what’s below. Then the safe digging can begin. Although many people are aware of “Call Before You Dig” services, the majority don’t take advantage of the service. A national survey showed that only 50 percent of homeowners called to have their lines marked before starting digging projects, according to the Common Ground Alliance. Even simple tasks like installing a mailbox post can damage utility lines, disrupt service to an area, harm diggers and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Never assume the location or depth of lines. There’s no need: the 811 service is free, prevents the inconvenience of having utilities interrupted and can help you avoid serious injury.



North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for the Operation Round Up® Scholarship Program. The application is available at www.naeci.com/operation-roundup-scholarship. It is due April 13 along with a transcript and three letters of recommendation. To be eligible, high school seniors must graduate at the end of the 2020 school year, and their parents or guardians must be NAEC members. Applicants also must have a high school grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale through the first semester of their senior year. For more information, please see the application, call 870-895-6210 or email tmoss@naeci.com.

A Full House of Energy Savings ATTIC

In many homes, attic insulation is one of easiest, least expensive and most effective ways to reduce your energy use. Contact NAEC energy advisers to find out how much insulation is right for your home. In colder regions, a properly insulated attic also reduces the chance of ice dams.




Ceiling fans can help save energy all year long! In the summer, fans should rotate counter clockwise to push air down creating a cooling flow. In the winter, fans should rotate clockwise to help draw cool air up toward the ceiling and push the warm air that naturally rises down to you and your family. Remember to turn fans off when you leave a room!



The recommendation is for thermostats to be set on 68° in the heating months and 78° in the cooling months. NAEC realizes that might be uncomfortable for some, so we suggest getting as close to those temperatures as you can.

Take a short shower instead of a bath. Short showers use much less water, and you’ll also save energy by not heating all that extra water!

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Plug all electronic gadgets, such as phone and laptop chargers, printers, gaming consoles and BluRay players, into a power strip with an on/off switch. When not in use, turn the power strip off to eliminate all those energy vampires.

Make sure your burner isn’t bigger than the pan, and use flat-bottomed pans to maximize surface contact with the burner. Don’t preheat the oven until you’re ready to use it. Minimize the number of times you open and close the refrigerator or oven door.



Have questions? Contact NAEC energy advisers at 870-895-3221 or info@naeci.com!

Want to learn about additional ways to save energy? Contact NAEC’s energy advisers at 870-895-3221!