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November - Slope Electric Cooperative

NOVEMBER 2012

116 East 12th St. • New England, N.D. 58647

(701) 579-4191 • www.slopeelectric.coop

Giving thanks

For the hay and the corn and the wheat that is reaped,

For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,

For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,

For the rose and the song and the harvest brought home --

Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,

For the cunning and strength of the workingman’s hand,

For the good that our artists and poets have taught,

For the friendship that hope and affection have brought --

Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

For the homes that with purest affection are blest,

For the season of plenty and well-deserved rest.

— anonymous

SLOPE ELECTRIC

www.slopeelectric.coop

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Manager’s Message

Revitalize the

cooperative movement

It is with mixed emotions as I

write this manager’s message —

the last one in my cooperative

career that has spanned 30 years,

and it has been 30 years of great

satisfaction.

Since 2006, Don Franklund

and I have provided management

services to Slope Electric

Cooperative; the first two

years as interim managers, and

then beginning in 2008, as

Clayton Hoffman

co-managers of the Innovative

Energy Alliance. The alliance was formed by Slope, Mor-

Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative and Roughrider Electric

Cooperative to provide management services to those three

cooperatives.

The management time spent at Slope has been a great

experience that all revolves around people. First of all, the

board of directors has provided great leadership for the

electric cooperative program and the members we serve.

Secondly, the employees are a supportive, dedicated group

of individuals who enjoy being a part of the cooperative

family. They are committed to improving the quality of life

for the members they serve. And lastly, you, the members,

have accepted the new manager concept and made us feel

very welcome. We are indeed grateful for that attitude.

The support of engaged and loyal cooperative members is

the source of our cooperative strength. As our membership

shifts to consumers who are less familiar with their

cooperative, engagement becomes more of a challenge.

Today and in the foreseeable future, we have a

responsibility to revitalize the spirit of the cooperative

movement and empower our members. If we are to grow in

strength, it is imperative that we activate our members to use

the power of the cooperative network to address the issues

affecting their quality of life. Member involvement in their

electric cooperative is critical.

Sixty-five years ago, electric cooperative members looked

to their local cooperative to enable them to meet their needs

and aspirations in some very challenging times. Working

hand-in-hand with their local electric cooperative, we have

the chance to bring new opportunity and prosperity to our

local communities.

Let us rededicate ourselves to the fundamentals of the

electric cooperative business model and provide leadership

for positive change, building loyalty and trust among a new

generation of members.

It has been an honor to service you, the members of Slope

Electric Cooperative.

God bless!

Heat that

space

SAFELY

Using space heaters to warm small areas of the

home can save money, but the heaters need to be

used safely.

“Burns from hot elements and the danger of carbon

monoxide poisoning are just two of the safety concerns with

using space heaters,” cautions Carl Pedersen, North Dakota

State University Extension Service energy educator.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas released from

fuel-burning space heaters. If these gases are not exhausted

outdoors, they can cause a variety of health problems and

even death.

“Do not use unvented combustion heaters in a home,”

Pedersen says. “Even if heaters are vented, homeowners

should make sure to have a carbon monoxide detector.”

The heating element and, in some cases, the covering of

a space heater can be very hot, so avoid touching the heater.

Because burns can result from touching a space heater, you

need to teach small children to stay away from any space

heater or find ways to keep them from getting near

the heater.

You also need to keep space heaters away from

combustible materials such as furniture, carpet, walls,

curtains and tablecloths. Check the manufacturer’s

recommendations on how far the heater needs to be from

combustible materials.

Avoid placing space heaters in high-traffic areas as well.

Many electric space heaters will shut off automatically if they

tip over, but the element still can be hot, which could cause

a fire if it comes in contact with combustible material.

“Also avoid purchasing space heaters advertised as ‘miracle

heaters,’” Pedersen advises. “Radiant and convection space

heaters can be found at any hardware store for a fraction of

the hundreds of dollars of the advertised heaters and heat just

as well.”

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SHOP CO-OP!

Slope Electric is one of more

than 900 electric cooperatives

in America. But we’re just

one type of cooperative: More than

29,200 operate in our country,

including a large segment of the

agriculture industry. From dairy to

oranges, and almonds to cotton, our

nation’s farmers know the value of

the cooperative business model.

The next time you’re at the grocery

store, see how many items you can

purchase that were produced by a

co-op. Starting in the produce section,

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pick up some

Ocean Spray

cranberries or

Sunkist oranges,

tangerines,

grapes or

grapefruit.

Cruise over to

the refrigerated

cases and take

a look at the

eggs — 95

percent of

America’s eggs

are produced

and marketed

by co-ops. Then pick up some Florida

Natural orange juice, Land O’Lakes

butter, Cabot or Tillamook cheese,

and Organic Valley milk. Need a warm

drink? Try Equal Exchange coffee, tea

or hot chocolate. Finally, drop some

Blue Diamond almonds in your

cart — a perfect pick-me-up for that

3 p.m. slump.

Now that you’ve finished your

grocery shopping, make your way to

Ace Hardware or True Value to get

supplies for your weekend projects.

Or go to Dickinson’s Prairie Hills

Mall to replace your old, falling-apart

blue jeans with a new pair from GAP,

Banana Republic, or Guess; all three

get their cotton from Plains Cotton

Growers Cooperative’s Denimatrix. But

before you do that, head to your credit

union, another cooperative, to make a

deposit to cover your purchases.

Sixty-seven years ago, concerned

farmers and ranchers came together

to begin Slope Electric Cooperative

in southwest North Dakota. In time,

people could put away those kerosene

lamps, have stoves not dependent

on cow chips for fuel, and keep food

cold without the ice house. Yard lights

started dotting the countryside as

beacons in the night. Slope Electric

now has 1,887 active members.

The cooperative business model

promotes self-sustainment and local

economic growth. Support our nation’s

cooperatives and local co-ops in

southwest North Dakota, as we work

together to build a better world.

Find a co-op near you at

www.go.coop.

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sure to leave at least three to four feet

of space above and around it to vent

carbon monoxide.

You also need to protect folks

working to restore power. Never plug

your portable generator into a wall

outlet in your home. This produces

“backfeeding” – a dangerous risk to

the safety of lineworkers because it

can energize power lines thought to

be dead. For stationary generators

that are permanently installed, a

licensed electrician will need to install

a “transfer switch” that complies with

the National Electric Code. The switch

safely cuts the electricity to the power

lines. And be sure to call your local

electric cooperative before you install a

generator to ensure safety for yourself

and lineworkers.

A few other rules are important to

keep top of mind:

• Follow the manufacturer’s

instructions and safety tips for

your generator.

Use portable generators

safely

During an unexpected power outage, a portable generator can keep us

comfortable until power is restored. But if not operated properly,

a generator can quickly become dangerous.

What’s the first rule? Never,

ever use a generator indoors

– even with windows open

– or in an enclosed area, including an

attached garage. Locate the generator

where fumes cannot filter into your

home through windows or doors

– even 15 feet is too close. Carbon

monoxide, which is odorless and

invisible, can build up to lethal levels

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in a matter of minutes. If you plan

to use a generator, install a carbon

monoxide detector, and test the

batteries monthly.

To avoid risk of shock, use your

generator only on a dry surface where

rain or snow can’t leak or puddle

underneath. If precipitation poses a

problem, create an open-air, tent-like

structure above the unit, but make

• Plug appliances into the outlet on

the generator using only heavyduty

extension cords marked

specifically for outdoor use. Check

the wattage use of each appliance

plugged in and make sure the

total does not exceed the cord’s

wattage rating. In addition, the

cords should have three prongs

and should not be frayed or cut.

• Shut down the generator and let

it cool down before you refuel –

gasoline or kerosene spilled on a

hot generator could start a fire.

• If you’re buying your first portable

generator, plan ahead. Count

the wattages for the lighting

and appliances – you’ll want to

purchase a generator that can

handle the load.

Slope Electric Cooperative

encourages you to protect the wellbeing

and safety of your family during

outages, and safeguard those who

come to your aid during emergency

situations. When we work together

for safety and the good of our

communities, we all benefit.

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High School Juniors & Seniors...

Write a winning essay and win a trip of a lifetime!

An all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

• To enter the essay-writing contest, you must be a junior or senior in high

school in the fall of 2013.

June 15 to 21,

• You and your parents or guardian must be served by Slope Electric

Cooperative.

• Essay is not to exceed two standard 8½- by 11-inch typewritten,

double-spaced pages on this topic:

In choosing a career in the energy industry, what type of job

would you be most interested in and why?

• Submit your essay in hard copy or electronic format to Slope Electric.

Electronic submissions should conform to the two-page, doublespaced

guideline described above. Include a cover page with your

name, date of birth, school and grade in 2013, parent or guardian’s

name, address and telephone number.

• The deadline is Jan. 31, 2013. Emailed entries should be directed to

klentz@slopeelectric.coop, and hard-copy entries mailed to:

Youth Tour Essay Contest, Slope Electric Cooperative, 116 E. 12th St.,

P.O. Box 338, New England, ND 58647-0338.

• If you have a question, contact Kathy Lentz, Slope Electric, at the

address listed above, or call 701-579-4191 during regular business

hours.

www.slopeelectric.coop

TOP 3 REASONS TO ENTER THE

ESSAY-WRITING CONTEST

1. All-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.,

compliments of Slope Electric Cooperative.

2. A whole week to visit unforgettable historic monuments,

museums and the U.S. Capitol.

3. A learning experience you’ll never forget.

Check it out at:

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www.ndyouthtour.com and www.youthtour.coop

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Save money

with Energy Star

Consider these benefits when

replacing old appliances with

Energy Star-qualified models:

• Improved refrigerators –

Some of today’s Energy

Star-qualifi ed refrigerators

use less electricity than a

60-watt incandescent light

bulb run continuously. More

effi cient operation means

that newer models are

quieter; redesigned doors

provide better insulation

to keep food fresher, and

deeper doors provide

more space for commonly

used items.

• “Smart” dishwashers

– Energy-Star qualified

dishwashers have “smart”

features that minimize water

use and demand on the

water heater and allow for

quieter operation and less

pre-rinsing. Construction

includes more effective

washing action, energyeffi

cient motors and other

advanced technology, such

as sensors that determine

the length of the wash cycle

and the temperature of the

water necessary to clean

the dishes. Always be sure

to consider factors such

as how much water the

dishwasher uses per cycle.

Less water means less cost

to operate. To save even

more energy, avoid using the

heated dry cycle. Instead, let

your dishes air dry.

• Advanced clothes washer

technology – Energy Starqualifi

ed clothes washers

incorporate high-quality

features for improved

performance. Gentler

operation, more thorough

rinsing, and the removal of

more water in the spin cycle

make washing clothes more

convenient and help protect

your clothing investment.

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How

much is

too much?

You’ve had your fridge forever. With

the exception of a crumbling seal, it’s

in good shape and keeps your food

cool. Why worry about budgeting for

an upgrade?

Some homeowners forget the impact

inefficient appliances have on a home’s

monthly power bill. Replacing a

refrigerator made before 1993 with a

new, Energy Star-rated model could

lower your electric bill by $65 to $100

each year.

This leaves consumers with a

question when evaluating older

appliances: How much energy use is

too much? To estimate the energy use of

an appliance, use this formula:

Wattage × Hours used per day × Days

used per year ÷ 1,000 = Kilowatt-hours

(KWH) used annually

Then calculate the annual cost to use

an appliance by multiplying the KWH

per year by your electric cooperative’s

rate per KWH used.

You can usually find the wattage

of most appliances stamped on the

bottom or back of the appliance, or

on its nameplate. The wattage listed

is the maximum power drawn by the

appliance. Since some appliances have

a range of settings, the actual amount

of power consumed depends on the

setting used at any one time.

Once you calculate how much

money you spend to run aging home

appliances, compare this to what

it would cost to use more efficient

models. Don’t want the hassle of

adding up the potential savings? Visit

www.togetherwesave.com, where you

can walk through a typical home.

Upgrade appliances and make other

energy-smart choices in each room.

Each time you make a change, you’re

shown how much money you could

save on your annual electric bill!

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All of these light

bulbs – CFLs, LEDs

and energy-saving

incandescents

– meet the new

energy standards

that take effect

from 2012–2014.

Changing bulbs can save more than a little change

How many people does it take to change a light bulb – and save energy?

Just one!

The average home contains

40 light fixtures, according to the

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Thanks to a series of staggered

federal standards and more lighting

choices than ever before, the average

homeowner could save $50 every

year by using more energy-effi cient

light bulbs.

This year, the fi rst of several federal

light bulb effi ciency standards began,

requiring manufacturers to stop

making 100-watt (W) incandescent

bulbs in favor of ones using less

electricity to produce the same amount

of light (lumens).

In January 2013, a new set of light

bulb effi ciency standards falls into

place, this time halting production of

ineffi cient 75-W incandescent bulbs. A

year later, household light bulbs using

between 40 W to 100 W must consume

at least 28 percent less energy than

classic bulbs, saving Americans an

estimated $6 billion to $10 billion in

lighting costs annually.

This doesn’t mean the outmoded

bulbs went away – you can still fi nd

old stock at stores around town. But

keep in mind that those traditional

incandescent bulbs waste 90 percent

of your lighting costs as heat.

One of the easiest ways to save

money on energy bills is to replace

ineffi cient light bulbs with bulbs

that produce just as much light

but use less energy, according to

Carl Pedersen, North Dakota State

University Extension Service

energy educator.

“People often do not think about the

two costs that electronic equipment

has,” Pedersen says. “There is the

original purchase price and also the

price of using the electronics. While

it is true that an energy-effi cient bulb

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will cost more to purchase, consumers

easily will recoup the initial costs in

energy savings.”

Pedersen uses his home as

an example.

“If I assume a light bulb in my house

is on eight hours a day, at my current

electricity rate, a 60-watt bulb will

cost me $14.02 a year,” he says. “If I

replace that bulb with an equivalent

compact fl uorescent light (CFL), I will

pay $3.04 in energy costs for that

light, which is a savings of almost $11

a year on just one bulb. My kitchen

fi xtures have 10 bulbs, so that is a

potential savings of $110 in just

one room.”

More options available

The CFL has been championed

for years as an energy-effi cient style.

These swirly bulbs slash energy use

by 75 percent compared to traditional

incandescent bulbs and last up to

10 times longer.

But for folks who don’t like the pigtail

CFL shape or who worry about the

very small amount of mercury in these

bulbs, another, brighter option looms

on the horizon: light-emitting diodes

(LEDs). These solid-state products

have been used in electronics since

the 1960s, and manufacturers are

ramping up efforts to transform

them into the perfect replacement

bulb. LEDs require 75 percent to 80

percent less energy than traditional

incandescent bulbs and can last

25 times longer – by far the longest

lifespan yet.

DOE estimates it’ll take more than

six years for a $40, 800-lumen (60-W

equivalent) LED to pay for itself. But

investments in manufacturing and

increased demand should help drive

down costs. By 2021, LED prices are

expected to drop by a factor of 10,

and that’s good news for anyone who

enjoys the thought of only changing a

light bulb once every 20 years or so.

If you don’t want to stray too far from

the bulbs you’re used to, consider

halogen incandescent light bulbs.

Color options and dimming abilities

mirror their time-tested forebearers,

but they cut energy consumption

by 25 percent and last three times

longer. While halogen bulbs meet the

new standards, they are not nearly

as effi cient as CFL or LED bulbs. The

advantage of the halogen bulbs is that

they perform similarly to a standard

incandescent light bulb.

Replace with care

“Replacing every bulb in the home

is not recommended,” Pedersen says.

“It would not make sense to replace

all the bulbs with more effi cient lights

because some lights do not get used

enough to warrant replacement.

However, replacing the most heavily

used light bulbs does make sense,

but consumers need to be careful

when shopping.”

As with any purchase, there are

issues with the quality of the product

and making sure the right bulb is

purchased for a particular situation.

For example, CFL bulbs are not

recommended for use with dimmer

switches, in enclosed recessed-light

fi xtures or in ceiling fans with high

vibrations. There are effi cient lighting

options for dimmers and recessedlight

fi xtures, but consumers need to

educate themselves on the purchase

they are making.

The U.S. Energy Star program

provides more information on

determining the best lighting options

at www.energystar.gov/lighting.

To learn more about saving energy,

visit www.togetherwesave.com.

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Holiday card

contest

Do you love to color or draw? Put

your talent to use by helping us design

Slope Electric Cooperative’s annual

holiday card!

We would love to use a drawing

from one of our members on our

annual holiday card. The winning

card will be sent to vendors of Slope

Electric and other cooperatives. The

winning entry will be featured in the

North Dakota Living magazine local

pages this December.

Entries will be displayed and judged

in the office at Slope Electric in

New England.

The winner will also receive a $50

gift certificate.

Rules:

• You can use pencil, colored pencils,

crayons or markers.

• Drawings must be done on 8.5” by

11” inch plain, white paper.

• Please include your name (parent’s

name if under age 18), age, address

and phone number.

• Only current members and memberdependents

are eligible for this

contest. Employees and their

children are not eligible.

Deadline: All entries must be received

at the New England office by Friday,

Nov. 9.

Unclaimed capital credit checks

Listed below are names of Slope

Electric Cooperative members who

have capital credit checks waiting

to be claimed. If your name is on

this list, or if you know the current

contact information for a name listed

here, please contact our office at

800-559-4191 or 701-579-4191.

Allmond, Steve and Janine

Carroll, Tammy

Dakota Prairie Beef

Dry Creek Cabins

First Energy Services

Foust, Justin

Furniss, John and Susan

Halleen, Bruce

Hettinger Honey Co.

Jacobs, Mark

Johnson, Keith and Mary

Jorgensen, Kathy

Koenig, Aaron

Koenigshof, Dave

Kramlich, Ramsey

May, Sandra

Miller, Joe and Keri

Mischel, John

Moorhead Construction Co.

Mork, Adam and Dana

Oberg, Robert D.

Petroleum Inc.

Ray, Steve

Rosenow, Larry

Smith, Ross S.

Txco the Exploration Co.

Usselman, Shane

Western Wireless Corp. Holding

Wieser, Lora

Wilson, Dan H. and Sharon R.

Winarske, Roger T.

Yarchan Sr., Robert S.

Slope Electric Cooperative

will be closed

Nov. 12 for Veterans Day

& Nov. 22 and 23 for

Thanksgiving

Slope Electric

Cooperative Inc.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Terryl L. Jacobs, Pres........................................ Regent

Lauren Klewin, Vice President......................Amidon

Steve Wegner, Sec. .......................................... Reeder

Jerome D. Caron, Treas. ...............................Scranton

Jim Kerzman......................................................... Mott

John Lee Njos................................................... Rhame

Lyle Narum.................................................... Bowman

Anthony Larson...........................................Hettinger

EMPLOYEES

Don Franklund, Clayton Hoffman,

Chris Baumgartner......................................Managers

LaWanna Wilhelm......... Chief of Staff/Key Accounts

Travis Kupper..........................Chief Financial Officer

Dean Volk.................................... Operation Manager

Lynn Klein.....................................................Secretary

Beverly Braun..... Bookkeeper/Consumer Accts. Rep.

Judy Kirschmann....................Customer Service Rep.

Slope Services

Kathy Lentz.............................................Receptionist

Linda Peterson.....................................Billing Analyst

Daniela Howie....................Operations Coordinator/

Customer Serv. Rep.

Rodney Benz..........................AMR/SCDA Technician

Darlene Herberholz........................ Plant Accountant

Arlin Reindel......................................Line Technician

Leonard Gartner................................Line Technician

Darwin Wilke.................................. Outpost Foreman

Kenneth Dobitz..................................Line Technician

Lyle Kovar...........................................Line Technician

Craig Turner.......................................Line Technician

Jeff Boynton........................................Line Technician

Andrew Sonsalla................................Line Technician

Chris Backhaus..................................Line Technician

Kyle Binstock.....................................Line Technician

Cody Braaten.................Apprentice Line Technician

Dusty Hoff......................Apprentice Line Technician

Roger Wipf... Warehouseman/Materials Coordinator

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