OREGON COUNTY -- Representatives from Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative heard from five industry experts about programs to help promote more efficient use of electricity at the 45th annual meeting of its wholesale supplier, Associated Electric Cooperative (AEC), June 6-8 in Kansas City.
Myles Smith, manager of member service for Howell-Oregon and Howell Oregon General Manager Dan Singeltary attended the meeting.
Howell-Oregon supplies electricity to all of rural Oregon County excluding the city of Thayer which has its own electrical department.
Howell-Oregon serves some 23,000 meters in a six-county area.
Howell-Oregon joined about 500 others from AECI's member cooperative systems including directors and managers from six regional generation and transmission cooperatives and 51 local distribution cooperatives in three states, including Missouri.
Smith said the cooperatives participated in sessions with national experts in the fields of energy efficiency and demand-site management.
In addition to their environmental benefits these topics are timely because electricity demand and costs continue to increase among AECI's member cooperatives, including Howell-Oregon.
Most of the sessions at the meeting concerned energy efficiency in the home.
"Doug Rye, a nationally recognized energy consultant, architect and radio talk show host was one of the most interesting speakers," he said.
Smith said Rye discussed steps homeowners can take to improve building weatherization and design to reduce energy consumption by as much as 50 percent. Smith said Rye advocates cellulose insulation and extensive caulking to help reduce air infiltration.