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THE MESSENGER A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members

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October is National Co-op Month.

Electric co-ops are proud to power more than 20 million American homes, businesses, farms and schools in 48 states.

NAEC celebrates National Co-op Month Marathon ® electric water heaters’ thick polyurethane insulation reduces standby heat loss as well as energy consumption.

Lease or buy Marathon water heater NAEC leases and sells Marathon® water heaters. The non-metallic electric water heaters are durable and well-insulated for reduced standby heat loss. Qualified members can lease a 30-, 40- or tall 50-gallon tank for $16 per month or a short 50-, 85or 105-gallon tank for $20 per month. NAEC pays a portion of the installation by contracted, licensed plumbers. (Please note: leased tanks cannot be installed in manufactured homes.) Call 870-895-6245 or visit one of NAEC’s three offices for more information.

When you think of October, pumpkins, Halloween and beautiful fall foliage naturally come to mind. But October is notable for another reason – it’s National Coop Month! This is the time of year when cooperatives across the country, including North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, celebrate who we are and more importantly, the members we serve. Cooperatives are different than other types of businesses. When the market declines to offer a product or service, or does so at a very high price, co-ops intervene to fill the need. Similar to how NAEC was built by members who came together to bring electricity to our community, cooperatives are conveners for the common good. Your electric co-op exists to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, the members of the co-op. Equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of the members we serve. As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community because we are locally governed. NAEC’s leadership team and employees live right here in the community. Our board of directors, which helps set long-term priorities for the co-op, live locally on co-op lines. These board members have been elected to the position by neighbors like you. We know our members have a valuable perspective. That’s why we are continually seeking your input. Whether through community events, our social media channels or Annual Meeting, we want to hear from you. Our close connection to the community ensures we get a first-hand perspective on local priorities, thereby enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term See CO-OP MONTH on back.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP OF THE MONTH Heating requires more energy than any other system in a home, typically making up about 42 percent of energy bills. With proper equipment maintenance and upgrades, such as more insulation and air sealing, you can save about 30 percent on your energy bill. — energy.gov

— CO-OP MONTH investments, such as high-speed internet through NEXT, Powered by NAEC; our 1 MW solar project that came online this year; and equipment and technology upgrades. Another feature that sets our coop apart from a traditional utility is one of our core principles, “Concern for Community.” We support our schools, chambers of commerce and other worthy organizations. We participate in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, where we take our community’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C. for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of Operation Round Up and other programs. We hope you will think of NAEC as more than your energy provider, but instead as a local business that supports this community and powers economic development and prosperity for the people. We will continue to learn from members about their priorities so that we can better serve you because your electric co-op was built by the community, for the community.

When shopping for new appliances, there are two prices to consider If you are in the market for a new appliance, consider two costs before buying. First, look at the purchase price, which is like the down payment. Second, consider the cost to operate the appliance over its lifetime. That includes how much energy the appliance will us. That second price is important because you’ll be paying for the appliance’s energy use for the next 10 to 20 years. Here are steps to take to make a wise purchase: • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR-qualified products exceed the federal minimum standards for efficiency and quality. • Carefully review the EnergyGuide label on the appliance. The label provides information about how much energy an appliance uses compared to similar models. • Once you choose your make and model, compare prices. Keep in mind, many retailers will match a lower price offered by competitors. • Recycle or sell your old appliance. Ask the retailer if they’ll pick up your old appliance, or you can sell it yourself. Either option is better than the landfill! For more information, call 870-895-3221 to reach an energy adviser.

DAILY HIGHS & LOWS — AUGUST 2019 Average Daily High: 90.31° compared to 90.98° in 2018


Average Daily Low: 67.82° compared to 67.1° in 2018 Total Rainfall Amount: 3.24” compared to 3.05” in 2018 Warmest Day: Aug. 20, 100.4° at 3 p.m. Coolest Day: Aug. 29, 55.8° at 6:30 a.m.


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


RIGHT-OF-WAY Robinson Point, Northern Hills, Tracy, Three Brothers, Oakland and County Road 30 areas in Mountain Home

ON THE FRONT Lineman Clint Ray is featured on the cover of Arkansas Next Pros. Find the link to the magazine at naeci.com.

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2019 October NAECI The Messenger  

A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members

2019 October NAECI The Messenger  

A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members