THE MESSENGER A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members
Scholarship applications due April 12 NAEC is accepting applications for the 20192020 Operation Round Up® Scholarship Program. The application is posted at www.naeci.com/operation-round-up-scholarship and is available through high school counselors. Applicants must mail or submit the typed, completed application to NAEC by April 12. They must include a transcript and three letters of recommendation. Please call 870-895-6210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Applying caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing can save energy and money.
Three easy projects can save energy Winter weather can have a big impact on your energy bills, hitting your pockets a little harder than you would have liked. Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to tackle a few DIY efficiency projects for your home. The good news: You don’t have to be an energy expert to do this! There are several easy ways to save energy, but if you’re willing to take a hands-on approach, here are three projects you can do now to start saving.
Make the most of your water heater.
Stay safe: Call before digging to find utilities Outdoor projects often require digging. Before shoveling begins, be sure to call 811 so that buried utilities may be marked for free. The operator will need the location of where you want to dig. Within a few days, a technician will mark any nearby electric, water and other utility lines with spray paint or flags. Using this free service could prevent serious injury or save a life.
Let’s start with one of the easiest projects: insulating your water heater. Insulating a water heater that’s warm to the touch can save 7 to 16 percent annually on your water heating bills. It also should be noted that if your water heater is new, it is likely already insulated. But if your water heater is warm to the touch, it needs additional insulation. You can purchase a pre-cut jacket or blanket for about $20. You’ll also need two people for this project. Before you start, turn off the water heater. Wrap the blanket around the water heater and tape it to keep it in place temporarily. If necessary, use a marker to note the areas where the controls are so you can cut them out. Once the blanket is positioned correctly, tape it permanently in place, then turn the water heater back on. If you have an electric water heater, do not set the thermostat above 130 degrees, which can cause overheating. (Another option is to lease a Marathon® water heater from NAEC. They come in a variety of tank sizes and include built-in insulation. Call 870-895-3221 for details.)
Seal air leaks with caulk.
The average American family spends $2,000 annually on energy bills. Unfortunately, much of that money is wasted through air leaks in the home. Applying caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing can save energy and money. Many different types of caulking compounds are available, but the most popular choice is silicone. Silicone caulk is waterproof, flexible and won’t shrink or crack. Before applying new caulk, clean and remove any old caulk or paint with a putty knife, screwdriver, brush or solvent. The area must be dry before you begin. Apply the caulk in one continuous stream, and make sure it sticks to both sides of See PROJECTS on back.
— PROJECTS continued from front the crack or seam. Afterward, use a putty knife to smooth out the caulk, then wipe the surface with a dry cloth.
Weather strip exterior doors.
Youth Tour apps due March 14 North Arkansas Electric Cooperative is accepting applications for the 2019 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Four high school juniors will be selected to attend the all-expense-paid trip to the nation’s capital June 14-20. The application is available at www.naeci.com/ youth-tour, NAEC offices and high school counselors’ offices. The applicant’s parents or guardians must be NAEC members. The co-op must receive applications by March 14. Please call 870-895-6210 or email email@example.com with any questions.
One of the best ways to seal air leaks is to weather strip exterior doors, which can keep out drafts and help you control energy costs. Weather stripping materials vary, but you can ask your local hardware or home store for assistance if you’re unsure about the supplies you need. When choosing weather stripping materials, make sure it can withstand temperature changes, friction and the general “wear and tear” for the location of the door. Keep in mind, you will need separate materials for the door sweep (at the bottom of the door) and the top and sides. Before applying the new weather stripping, clean the moulding with water and soap, then Replacing worn weather stripping on let the area dry completely. Measure each side exterior doors better keeps out drafts. of the door, then cut the weather stripping to fit It should fit snugly on both surfaces. each section. Make sure the weather stripping fits snugly against both surfaces, so it compresses when the door is closed. By completing these simple efficiency projects, you can save energy (and money!) while increasing the comfort level of your home. If you have questions, call 870-895-3221 to speak with an NAEC energy adviser. — Abby Berry/NRECA
ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP OF THE MONTH Spring is nearly here! Now is the perfect time to test your A/C and ensure it’s ready for summer. Remember to check the evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually for optimal efficiency. — energy.gov
DAILY HIGHS & LOWS — JANUARY 2019 Average Daily High: 45.74° compared to 44.11° in 2018
Average Daily Low: 27° compared to 19.1° in 2018 Total Rainfall Amount: 3.63” compared to 2.37” in 2018 Warmest Day: Jan. 7, 67° at 3 p.m. Coolest Day: Jan. 25, 10.9° at 7:30 a.m.
CONTACT NAEC 870-895-3221 firstname.lastname@example.org naeci.com
RIGHT-OF-WAY West Tree Service: Highway 5 South area of Mountain Home and Viola area
IMAGES: TORI MOSS; RARE FORM PROPERTIES; ISTOCK.COM/AVAILABLELIGHT; NRECA/SCOTTGATES
ON THE FRONT Linemen replace a pole at a member’s home in Viola on Jan. 14.
2019 March North Arkansas Electric The Messenger