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BEFORE YOU BUYBefore buying a room air conditioner,make some easy and inexpensive energysavingimprovements in your home. Anyof these will maximize the cooling powerof your air conditioner:• Caulk and weather strip arounddoors and windows• Add insulation to attics andexposed walls• Move furniture or obstacles awayfrom room air conditioners• Close blinds or curtains duringthe dayKeep it coolYou might be sweltering under the summer sun,but remember: Buying a larger room airconditioner won’t necessarily make you feel morecomfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, aroom air conditioner that’s too big for the area it issupposed to cool will perform less efficiently and lesseffectively than a smaller, properly sized unit.If you are shopping for a new unit, look for theEnergy Star. Room air conditioners rated by Energy Stardeliver the same or better performance and use 10percent less energy on average than comparable models.Nationally, an average consumer saves approximately76 kilowatt-hours per year – about $8 – with an Energy Star-rated room airconditioner. Over the life of the appliance a consumer could save between $50and $250, depending on the model and climate.An energy efficiency ratio (EER) measures each unit’s efficiency. The higherthe EER, the more efficient the air conditioner will be. National appliancestandards require room air conditioners built after Jan. 1, 1990, to have aminimum EER of 8.0 or greater.Consumers should look for room air conditioners with timers and programmablethermostats. These features offer better temperature control, allowingusers to cool spaces according to their preferences. For example, you can set theunit to turn on 20 minutes before bedtime to make your bedroom comfortable.If you have a central air system in your home, set the fan to shut off at thesame time as the compressor, which is usually done by setting the “auto” modeon the fan setting. In other words, don’t use the system’s central fan to provideair circulation – use circulating fans in individual rooms.Tips for beating high summer electric billsDon’t let warmer weather turn into “summertime blues”when your monthly electric bill arrives. Here are someenergy-saving tips from Slope Electric Cooperative:• Adjust the thermostat. As www.togetherwesave.comdemonstrates, lowering a thermostat in winter can save asmuch as $85 per year. During warmer months, raising thethermostat a few degrees can save money, too. Set thetemperature between 78-80 degrees, and you could saveup to 8 percent on monthly cooling bills.• Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting thannormal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will notcool your home any faster and could result in excessivecooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.• Programmable thermostats make it easy to save byoffering four preprogrammed settings to regulate a home’stemperature throughout the year.• Avoid placing appliances that give off heat such aslamps or TVs near a thermostat.• Be a “fan-atic.” While they don’t replace airconditioners or heat pumps, fans move air and help youfeel more comfortable. On milder days, fans can save asmuch as 60 percent on electric bills. Fans cool people, notrooms, so turn them off when you leave.• Regular maintenance is essential. Have your systemsserviced annually by a certified technician. The professionalwill check your entire system to make sure it runsefficiently. This will help to extend the life of the systemand save money.• If your air conditioner is old, consider buying anenergy-efficient model. Look for the Energy Star andEnergyGuide labels – qualified room air conditioners are10 percent more efficient, and qualified central units areabout 14 percent more efficient than standard models.• Look for Energy Star equipment. When it’s time toreplace your cooling system, www.togetherwesave.comrecommends replacing it with an Energy Star-qualifiedmodel.• Bigger isn’t always better. Too often, cooling equipmentisn’t sized properly and leads to higher electric bills. A unitthat’s too large for your home will not cool evenly andmight produce higher humidity indoors.TO LEARN MORE:Instead of getting burned this summer by high energy bills, visitwww.energysavers.gov or Touchstone Energy ® Cooperatives energysavingwebsite, www.togetherwesave.com, for more money-savingideas. Or call the energy experts at Slope Electric Cooperative.C6 JULY 2012 , SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWSwww.slopeelectric.coop


No matter how small the job!Call before you dig!800-795-0555or 811PLANNING A PROJECT?Planting a tree? Installing afence? Remember to contactNorth Dakota One Call! A statelaw requires anyone who isplanning to excavate to dial theNorth Dakota One Call numberbefore digging begins.There are a number of utilitylines buried on your property –electric, telephone, gas orpropane, water, sewer or cable TV.The first step to any project issafety! Damaging an undergroundfacility can cause injury or evendeath. So, contact North DakotaOne Call. The center will contactthe utility companies to mark theirunderground infrastructure. Then,you’ll be notified of any dangerslurking underground – like utilitylines or gas lines.IT’S FREE,IT’S SIMPLE andIT’S THE LAW.SLOPE ELECTRICwww. slopeelectric.coopSLOPE ELECTRIC NEWS , JULY 2012 C7


MAINSTREET MESSENGER SYSTEMSAVES LIVESSlope Electric Cooperative offers the Main Street Messenger emergencyresponse system not just to members but clients in other areas of NorthDakota, South Dakota, Montana and Minnesota plus other states.The Main Street Messenger emergency response system offers seniorcitizens and others 24-hour-a-day monitoring, ensuring quick response ifthe person encounters an emergency in the home.The program uses a state-of-the-art telephone system that’s activated withthe push of the pendant by the user. The pendant signals the Main StreetMessenger phone to automatically dial the monitoring center, which islocated in Bismarck.Information about the caller will be displayed in the computer screen forthe monitoring center. This information is provided beforehand by theconsumer, enables the monitoring center to know who is calling, and whatmeasures to take to help. The monitoring center stays on the phone withthe person until help arrives.One of the best features of the MainStreet Messenger phone system is thatthe caller does not have to be at the phone to talk to the monitoring center. Forinstance, if someone falls in the bathroom and can’t move, they can activate thephone with the pendant and still carry on a two-way conversation with themonitoring center through the phone, even if they can’t actually hold it.You don’t have to be a member of Slope Electric to take advantage of thisservice. The service is available for $33 a month. There is a $45 installation feeand mileage if applicable. Slope Electric owns the phone so you don’t have tobuy it.Medicaid recipients may qualify to have some or all the monitoring feeand installation paid. Check with your local county social service office to seeif you qualify.If you would like to learn more about the MainStreet Messenger emergencyresponse system, call the cooperative at 701-579-4191 or 800-559-4191.Look to your windows for energysavings. Use weather stripping on oldwindows, and, if you can, add stormwindows. In hot climates, add solar filmscreening to west-facing windows tocatch heat. For new units, considerdouble-glazed panes; in cold climates,“low-e” coatings on glass can help reduceheat loss. Find more ways to save atTogetherWeSave.com.SLOPE ELECTRICCOOPERATIVE INC.BOARD OF DIRECTORSTerryl L. Jacobs, Pres........................................RegentLauren Klewin, Vice President......................AmidonSteve Wegner, Sec. .........................................ReederJerome D. Caron, Treas. ..............................ScrantonJim Kerzman .........................................................MottJohn Lee Njos...................................................RhameLyle Narum....................................................BowmanAnthony Larson...........................................HettingerEMPLOYEESDon Franklund, Clayton Hoffman,Chris Baumgartner......................................ManagersLaWanna Wilhelm .........Chief of Staff/Key AccountsTravis Kupper .........................Chief Financial OfficerDean Volk ....................................Operation ManagerLynn Klein ....................................................SecretaryBeverly Braun ....Bookkeeper/Consumer Accts. Rep.Judy Kirschmann ...................Customer Service Rep.Slope ServicesKathy Lentz.............................................ReceptionistLinda Peterson....................................Billing AnalystDaniela Howie....................Operations Coordinator/Customer Serv. Rep.Rodney Benz..........................AMR/SCDA TechnicianDarlene Herberholz........................Plant AccountantArlin Reindel .....................................Line TechnicianLeonard Gartner ...............................Line TechnicianDarwin Wilke ..................................Outpost ForemanKenneth Dobitz.................................Line TechnicianLyle Kovar..........................................Line TechnicianCraig Turner ......................................Line TechnicianJeff Boynton.......................................Line TechnicianAndrew Sonsalla...............................Line TechnicianChris Backhaus .................................Line TechnicianKyle Binstock.....................................Line TechnicianCody Braaten.................Apprentice Line TechnicianDusty Hoff......................Apprentice Line TechnicianC8 JULY 2012 , SLOPE ELECTRIC NEWSwww.slopeelectric.coop

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