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Care for HVAC systems in between tune-ups

It’s almost time to call the heating technician for your HVAC system’s annual check-up. But just because you are between service calls does not mean the equipment should be ignored.

Your role in maintaining your air conditioning or heating system is just as important as the job of the service technician who performs your annual maintenance inspection. Keep tune-ups quick and costly repairs to a minimum with these simple tips for year-round maintenance. 

Back-to-school energy surge

Even though the kids will be out of the house during the day once school starts, you could see a bump in your energy bills.

As the school year begins, busy students will be using the family computer more to write papers and complete school assignments. Shorter days mean more lights go on in the evening to do homework. If everyone’s up before the sun, lights go on earlier.
 Manage the extra energy use. Here are some tips to conserve energy as your kids head back to school:

From the feed yard to show rings

Starting as a way to semi-retire, Brent and Sherri Kuehny moved with their kids Kayla and Grayson to Elmore City, Oklahoma in 1997 from Larned, Kansas to start their own feed yard. They brought the knowledge and practices they learned from a large-scale feedlot to Oklahoma and started their own small-scale operation. 

“Brent helped manage a feedlot of about 30,000 head of cattle,” Sherri says. “After we bought this place, we slowly started to grow our operation to what it is today.”

REC employees volunteer at the Special Olympics State Games

This year during the 2019 Special Olympics Oklahoma State Summer Games in Stillwater, REC sent five volunteers who helped with the event. REC’s employees joined 18 other electric cooperatives in sending over 100 volunteers for this three-day event.

REC sent District Lineman Randy McAlister, Senior Mechanic Allan Kelley, Mechanic Assistant Jacob Trammell, Apprentice Line Worker Dalton Wilson and Member Services Representative Steven Beck. During their time volunteering, these five helped on the track encouraging the participants and kept time during the timed events.

Understanding degree days

Weather can have a major impact on energy bills, and when the outdoor temperatures become extreme, your heating and cooling equipment works harder to keep your home comfortable. 

Did you know REC's use degree days to anticipate heating and cooling needs for you, our consumer-members?