2021 February NAECI The Messenger

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FEBRUARY 2021

THE MESSENGER A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members

Scholarship applications available The member-funded Operation Round Up® program awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to local graduating high school seniors each year. NAEC is accepting applications for the 20212022 scholarship program. The application is available at www.naeci.com or through the high school counselors’ offices. Applicants must mail or deliver the typed application to NAEC by April 13. They must include a high school transcript and three letters of recommendation. To be eligible for the scholarship program, high school seniors must graduate at the end of the 2021 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. The scholarship must be used to attend an accredited institute of higher learning on a full-time basis. For more information, please contact Tori Moss at tmoss@naeci.com or 870895-6210.

Keep your HVAC and your use of it as efficient as possible to help keep winter energy costs in check.

Consider these steps to reduce usage during cold weather Winter’s colder temperatures cause heating systems to run longer and more often as members try to stay warm. Heating a home usually accounts for more than 40 percent of energy costs, according to research done by the U.S. Department of Energy. Properly maintaining a heating system and knowing energy efficient practices can help keep your energy costs in check. Here are steps NAEC’s energy advisers suggest you take to ensure you are heating your home as efficiently as possible: • Make sure your heat pump’s thermostat is not set on emergency heat. This can also be referred to as “E Heat,” “EM Heat” or “Supplemental Heat.” This setting only uses the heat strips of your unit, which will cost you more than twice as much as the setting for “Heat.” • Avoid adjusting nonprogrammable thermostats more than two degrees at a time. If you increase the set temperature by more than two degrees, the auxiliary heat strips will kick on to get to the desired temperature quicker. • Limit the use of space heaters. Most space heaters use 1,500 watts and are not designed to heat a large room. Continually operating one 1,500-watt space heater can increase your bill by approximately $120 a month. For those using space heaters in their well houses, NAEC’s energy advisers suggest heat tape and insulation if possible. (Safety is key if using a space heater. We recommend you never leave one unattended and only operate it away from flammable items.) See TEMPS on back.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP OF THE MONTH Use wool or rubber dryer balls to reduce drying time and static. Wool dryer balls also can absorb extra moisture. These are an efficient alternative to dryer sheets, which can create buildup on the dryer’s filter and reduce air circulation. If you prefer dryer sheets, scrub the filter monthly to remove buildup. —energy.gov


Contractor inspecting co-op poles North Arkansas Electric Cooperative has contracted with Osmose to inspect electric poles in select areas of Fulton and Izard counties. Members might see Osmose employees in those areas. They will drive trucks and wear apparel with the Osmose logo. These inspections allow NAEC to identify any damaged poles and either repair or replace them before they cause outages for members. Work is expected to be completed by the end of March. The Osmose post on the “News and Events” section of www.naeci.com includes a map of electric feeders to be inspected. Affected members with an email address on file received an email notifying them of the work as well. For more information, please call 870-895-3221 or email info@naeci.com.

Avoid or at least limit use of space heaters. Continual use of a 1,500-watt model can increase an electric bill by approximately $120 a month. For efficiency, make sure a heat pump’s thermostat is not set on emergency heat. — TEMPS continued from front • Schedule a checkup of your heating system by a licensed heating and air dealer. They can ensure your unit is operating at its most efficient. This can extend the life of your unit as well. • Energy efficiency upgrades to a home, such as added insulation or replacing an electric furnace with a high-efficiency heat pump, can be costly in the short term, but they will lead to substantial savings on a home’s energy costs in the long term. NAEC’s energy advisers can offer suggestions on the energy efficiency measures that would benefit your home the most. Qualifying members who own their home can get a low-interest loan from NAEC to fund needed energy efficiency improvements. Improvements can include: geothermal heat pumps, air-to-air heat pumps, ductless mini-split heat pumps, insulation (ceiling, floor or wall), energy-efficient windows and doors, electric water heaters and LED fixtures and bulbs. Loan periods range from five to 12 years.

DAILY HIGHS & LOWS — DECEMBER 2020 Average Daily High: 51.3° compared to 53.54° in 2019

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Low: 27.62° compared to 30.02° in 2019 Total Rainfall Amount: 0” compared to 1.12” in 2019 Warmest Day: Dec. 10, 75.5° at 2 p.m. Coolest Day: Dec. 25, 15.3° at 6 a.m.

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CONTACT NAEC 870-895-3221 info@naeci.com naeci.com

RIGHT-OF-WAY Areas in and around Glencoe, Heart, Saddle Frenchtown and Agnos; Walker Road and Spring Lake Estates in Mountain Home; and Pineville and Creswell

IMAGES: TORI MOSS; BOHDAN TSYHANOV/STOCK.ADOBE.COM; NATABA/STOCK.ADOBE.COM; FOTOHELIN/STOCK.ADOBE.COM; TORI MOSS

ON THE FRONT Dispatcher Stephen Tanner works at the Salem office. NAEC’s dispatch center is staffed 24/7.


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