THE MESSENGER A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members
Auto bank draft offers convenience NAEC’s automatic bank draft payment method ensures your bill always is paid on time. It is an electronic transfer from your bank account to NAEC’s each month. Members who participate still receive an itemized statement of their bill. On or about the 10th of each month, the bill amount is deducted from their checking or savings account. This continues until a member requests it stops. To enroll in automatic bank draft, please visit a co-op office. You also can call 870-895-3221 for more information.
Dial 811 for utilities to be marked 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.
Magician Scott Davis presents his electric safety magic show with the help of two Fulton County Fair Kids Day attendees July 26. Davis teaches children to stop, look and think when near electricity.
Finance improvements through NAEC NAEC’s Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program allows members to borrow money from the co-op at low interest to improve the energy efficiency of their existing homes. Not only do energy efficiency upgrades improve the comfort of your home, but they also can lower energy costs. The interest rate for these fixed-rate loans currently is 3 percent. All loans require an application process, which does include a credit check. Below are the types of improvement that are covered: • Air Source Heap Pumps — All air source heat pump loans require a SEER rating of at least 14 and an HSPF of 8.2 with an amortization schedule for eight years. A $100 blower door test is required and can be financed. • Geothermal Heat Pumps — All geothermal heat pump loans will have an amortization schedule for 12 years. A $100 blower door test is required and can be financed. • Weatherization — Weatherization loans can apply toward Energy Star windows, Energy Star doors, insulation (ceiling, floor or wall) and electric water heaters with efficiency of 91 percent or greater. The amortization schedule is five years with a required minimum loan of $500. • Energy Efficient Lighting — Energy efficient lighting loans will cover LED installations with an amortization schedule for five years. The minimum loan amount is set at $500 with no maximum amount set at this time. The EECLP application is available at www.naeci.com/credit-application. A print application may be picked up at an NAEC office.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP OF THE MONTH Copper-bottomed pans heat faster on the stove. In the oven, ceramic and glass dishes are better than metal. With ceramic and glass dishes, you can turn the oven down 25 degrees, and your meal will cook as quickly. — energy.gov
Insulate electric water heater tank Cover the whole tank except temperature and pressure (T&P) valve and drain.
MATERIALS: • Water Heater Blanket • Scissors • Duct Tape
STEPS: 1. T urn off the electric water heater at the breaker panel. 2. Measure the height of the water heater and cut the blanket to fit if necessary.
3. Leave the top of the water heater open. 4. W rap the blanket around the water heater and temporarily
tape it in place. Position the blanket so that the ends do not come together over the access panels on the side of the tank.
5. M ark the areas, then cut holes where controls are located.
For electric water heaters, there will be two panels on the side of the tank. Mark the area where the pressure relief valve and pipe are located. This will be a pipe that protrudes from the side of the water heater.
6. A dhere the blanket. Be careful to line up the cut out areas and then tape it permanently in place.
7. Turn the water heater back on.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Notes: D on’t set the thermostat above 130ºF on an electric water heater with a jacket or blanket as the wiring
may overheat. Also, Marathon® water heaters are built with insulation and don’t need a blanket.
DAILY HIGHS & LOWS — JULY 2019 Average Daily High: 90.97° compared to 93.5° in 2018
Average Daily Low: 67.5° compared to 68.41° in 2018 Total Rainfall Amount: 2.96” compared to 2.84” in 2018 Warmest Day: July 17, 97.6° at 3:30 p.m. Coolest Day: July 24, 56.6° at 5:30 a.m. July 26, 56.6° at 6:30 a.m.
CONTACT NAEC 870-895-3221 firstname.lastname@example.org naeci.com
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RIGHT-OF-WAY AECI: Evening Shade West Tree Service: Northern Hills, Hwy. 201 North to bridge, Tracy and CR 30 areas in Mtn. Home
ON THE FRONT Member service representative Mandy Smith serves lunch at Fulton County Fair Kids Day on July 26.
2019 September NAECI The Messenger