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Regularly check your tree for fresh, green needles. Trees that have dried out over several weeks burn faster than fresh, well-watered trees.Remember to keep your tree watered at all times.Few traditions are asunique to the holidays asfestooning our homes andyards with twinkling lightsand festive decorations.While these displays addto the magic of the season,they also increase our risksfor holiday fires and injuries.For a happy and safe holiday,follow these tips:• Carefully inspect eachelectrical decoration andextension cord before use,and discard any damageditems. Cracked sockets,bare or frayed wires, andloose connections mayC4—SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS • DECEMBER 2011Avoid holidaydecorating disastercause a serious shock orfire. Avoid overloading outlets,which can overheat andalso cause a fire.The Electrical SafetyFoundation Internationalrecommends never connectingmore than three strandsof incandescent lightstogether. Do not pinch cordsin windows or doors, orunder heavy furniture.• When decorating outside,make sure outdoor outletsare equipped withground-fault circuit interrupters(GFCIs). Check thatall items and extensioncords are marked for outdooruse. And exercise extremecaution when decoratingnear overhead power lines.Use a wooden or fiberglassladder instead of metal.Keep yourself and all of yourequipment at least 10 feetfrom power lines.• Take special care withChristmas trees. If purchasinga live tree, check forfreshness. Heated roomsdry out live trees – even freshones – rapidly. Place the treeat least three feet away fromall heat sources, includingfireplaces and space heaters.Be sure to keep the standfilled with water. For artificialtrees, look for the label“fire resistant.”• Decorate your tree,live or artificial, with noncombustibleor flame-resistantmaterials. Never useburning candles on or nearyour tree.


Lowering your thermostat by justa few degrees will result in energysavings this winter.CFLs use significantly less energythan traditional light bulbs. If everyhome in America replaced just oneincandescent light bulb with an EnergyStar CFL, we would save enough energyto light more than 3 million homes.WARM CARSWill your vehicle start Mondaymorning when it’s 30 degrees belowzero? When your vehicle doesn’t startdue to frigid temperatures, it can befrustrating. That’s why most NorthDakotans use an engine block heateron their vehicles.Engine block heaters keep yourvehicle’s motor warm, allowing an easystart on those cold mornings.Warming your engine all night andsometimes all day can use a significantamount of electricity. For betterenergy efficiency, purchase a timer foryour block heater. A timer allows youto automatically turn the engineheater to on-and-off intervals accordingto your specifications.Chase away the winter bluesBrrr!It’s cold out there!Turn up the heat,brighten the housewith some holiday lights and bakesome fresh cookies. It cheers us up, butit also adds up to increased electricityuse in the winter. Here are some tipsfrom your local electric cooperative tocontrol those winter costs:HEATINGHeating systems use more electricity.But don’t shiver through the winter.Well-maintained equipment runs moreefficiently, so change your air filtermonthly or as needed and tune up yourHVAC equipment yearly.Set your thermostat as low as iscomfortable. Roll temperatures back by10 to 15 degrees before bed and beforeleaving for work.Reduce air leaks, which can save upto 10 percent on energy bills. Sealdoors and windows with weather strippingor caulk. Tape clear plastic film tothe inside of window frames to furtherreduce leaks, and consider installinginsulated curtains or blinds.HOLIDAYSAs you light up your holiday withshining stars and shimmering snowmen,look for energy-efficient lights,such as LED Christmas lights.Consolidate holiday baking byputting more than one casserole in theoven at a time. For smaller meals, it’smore efficient to use the microwave ortoaster oven.SHORTER DAYSAs darkness sets in earlier in theevenings, the lights in our home areused more. Lighting represents about20 percent of a home’s electricity bill.Switching from incandescent bulbs tocompact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbswhich have qualified to meet EnergyStar standards is the easiest step youcan take to cut energy costs.CLOTHES DRYERSThe clothes dryer might operatemore in the winter if you typically hangyour clothes outside to dry during thesummer. An Energy Star appliance isthe most energy efficient. Energy Staris a joint program of the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) andthe U.S. Department of Energypromoting energy-efficient productsand practices. So, look for the EnergyStar label and you’ll know you’regetting an energy-efficient item.Look for Energy Star-qualifiedproducts in more than 40 product categories,including lighting, homeelectronics, heating and coolingequipment and appliances. Takingsteps to save energy while usingthese appliances, and replacing old,inefficient appliances with modernones, can save you money.To learn more about saving energy,visit www.togetherwesave.com.SLOPE ELECTRICDECEMBER 2011 • SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS—C5


Medical alert phone:a thoughtful giftDo your loved ones have everything they want and you don’t knowwhat to buy them as a token of your appreciation? Why not givethem something that keeps on giving through the year … amedical alert phone.Paying for a year of service gives them the ability to live on theirown and be independent. The pendant and phone work together toassure a voice contact at the push of a button. The service ismonitored 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week at Basin ElectricPower Cooperative in Bismarck, and the response team stays onthe line until help arrives.The telephone has:❅ a backup battery❅ visual ringing❅ large lit number keys❅ larger ringer and volume control❅ hearing aid-compatible handsetFor more informationabout the medical alertphone or to give yourloved one thisthoughtful holiday gift,contactJudy Kirschmann atSlope Electric(800) 559-4191 or(701) 579-4191.C6—SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS • DECEMBER 2011


NATIONAL RURAL ELECTRICYOUTH TOURHigh School Juniors and Seniors...Write a winning essayand win a trip of a lifetime!And 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 2012.►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 pageson this topic: What would your day be like without electricity?►Submit your essay in hard copy or electronic format to Slope Electric. Electronic submissionsshould conform to the two-page, double-spaced guideline described above. Include a cover pagewith your name, date of birth, school and grade in 2012, parent or guardian’s name, address andtelephone number.►The deadline is January 30, 2012. E-mailed entries should be directed to Kathy Lentz atklentz@slopeelectric.coop, and hard-copy entries mailed to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, SlopeElectric Cooperative, 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.JUNE 16 to 22,2012TOP 3 REASONS TO ENTER THE ESSAY-WRITING CONTEST1. All-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., compliments of SlopeElectric Cooperative.2. A whole week to visit unforgettable historic monuments, museumsand the U.S. Capitol.3. A learning experience you’ll never forget.Check it out atwww.ndyouthtour.comandwww.youthtour.coopDECEMBER 2011 • SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS—C7SLOPE ELECTRIC


Open HouseSlope Electric Cooperativewill have an open houseon Dec. 9 from11 a.m. to 2 p.m.There will be cookies,coffee, apple ciderand door prizes.We look forward toseeing you!Slope Electric Cooperative will be closedDec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2012.Slope Electric announcesrate change for annual servicesOLD:Base Charge: $156 per yearFirst 6,000 kWh/Year @ 9.3 cents per kWhNext 6,000 kWh/Year @ 7.1 cents per kWhOver 12,000 kWh/Year @ 5.8 per kWhNEW:Base Charge: $240 per yearFirst 12,000/kWh/Year @9.3 cents per kWhOver 12,000 kWh/Year @8.5 per kWhBilling for the annual rate will be sent out around Dec. 10, at whichtime the prepayment for the upcoming year will be requested at thenew rate.Is you generator ready for the winter?If your standby electricity generator has been in storage since last winter, now isthe time to make sure it is still operating properly—before an outage occurs.Test your generator now to make sure it’s working, then operate it at intervalsthroughout the year. Regularly running your generator will also keep you familiarwith the operating procedure.The fuel should be fresh, battery charged, electrical connections good, filtersclean and cooling system well-maintained. Always follow the manufacturer’sinstructions on engine maintenance.SLOPE ELECTRICCOOPERATIVE INC.BOARD OF DIRECTORSJim Kerzman, President ...................................MottTerryl L. Jacobs, V. Pres................................RegentSteve Wegner, Sec. ......................................ReederJerome D. Caron, Treas. ...........................ScrantonJohn Lee Njos ...............................................RhameLyle Narum ................................................BowmanLauren Klewin.............................................AmidonAnthony Larson........................................HettingerEMPLOYEESDon Franklund, Clayton Hoffman .................ManagersRex Sadler ...................................................Chief of StaffTravis Kupper .............................Chief Financial OfficerLaWanna Wilhelm ..................Key Accounts ExecutiveRodney Benz...........................AMR/SCADA TechnicianLynn Klein.........................................................SecretaryBeverly Braun.......Bookkeeper/Consumer Accts. Rep.Judy Kirschmann................................Customer ServiceRep., Slope ServicesKathy Lentz .................................................ReceptionistLinda Peterson ........................................Billing AnalystDaniela Howie ........................Operations CoordinatorDarlene Heberholz.............................Plant AccountantArlin Reindel .........................................Line TechnicianLeonard Gartner ...................................Line TechnicianDarwin Wilke .........................................Line TechnicianKenneth Dobitz.....................................Line TechnicianLyle Kovar..............................................Line TechnicianDean Volk...............................................Line TechnicianCraig Turner...........................................Line TechnicianJeff Boynton...........................................Line TechnicianAndrew Sonsalla...................................Line TechnicianChristopher Backhaus......................... Line TechnicianKyle Binstock........................................ Line TechnicianCody Braaten.............................Apprentice LineworkerDustin Hoff ................................Apprentice LineworkerRoger Wipf .............................................WarehousemanC8—SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS • DECEMBER 2011

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