AREA -- Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative began a campaign known as "Take Control and Save" July 1.
The program is designed to help members of the cooperative better manage the energy they consume, by making their homes more efficient. Funding for the program is a partnership between Associated Electric Cooperative and the distribution electric cooperatives they serve in Missouri, northeast Oklahoma and southern Iowa. The program will affect 850,000 members in the three state area served by Associated Electric Cooperative.
The program includes such information and services as residential home energy audits available to homeowners who are members of the cooperative, a switch a bulb campaign and certain residential appliance rebates. Residential rebates include certain rebates on efficient heating and air conditioning systems, high-efficiency electric water heaters and certain energy star appliances.
The switch a bulb campaign will be in place to help members change from incandescent light bulbs to more efficient compact florescent bulbs. Members of the cooperative interested in the switch a bulb initiative may bring incandescent light bulbs to the cooperative office and the cooperative will give, at no charge, the same number of compact florescent light bulbs in exchange. There will be a limit of 10 light bulbs per visit for each member when they bring in light bulbs to exchange.
"This program provides Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative members the opportunity to manage their utility bill through the use of more efficient items. As the name implies, you truly can take control of your costs," stated Myles Smith, manager of Member Services. There are 4,000 Howell-Oregon members in Oregon County.
Members interested in the residential home energy audit program or the efficient heating and air conditioning, water heating or appliance programs may contact the Howell-Oregon Electric Member Services Department at 417-256-2131 or 1-888 HOE-POWER for complete details visit the cooperative Web site at www.hoecoop.org.