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Teaching youth the importance of ĞŶĞƌŐLJ ĞĸĐŝĞŶĐLJ


Cindy Hefner E


lectronic and mobile devices, TVs, computers ĂŶĚ ŐĂŵŝŶŐ ƐƚĂƟŽŶƐ ŚĂǀĞ ďĞĐŽŵĞ ƵďŝƋƵŝƚŽƵƐ


DĂŶĂŐĞƌ ŽĨ WƵďůŝĐ ZĞůĂƟŽŶƐ


ĮdžƚƵƌĞƐ ŝŶ ŽƵƌ ŚŽŵĞƐ, ƉĂƌƟĐƵůĂƌůLJ ƚŚŽƐĞ ǁŝƚŚ ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ. ŽŶƐƵŵĞƌ ĞůĞĐƚƌŽŶŝĐƐ ĐŽƵƉůĞĚ ǁŝƚŚ ƚŚĞ ƉƌŽůŝĨĞƌĂƟŽŶ ŽĨ ƐŵĂƌƚ ŚŽŵĞ ĂƉƉůŝĂŶĐĞƐ, technology and electric vehicles have slowly but steadily changed our ŚŽŵĞƐ ĂŶĚ ůŝĨĞƐƚLJůĞƐ.


This ever-connected world is the modern environment in which children ĂƌĞ ŐƌŽǁŝŶŐ ƵƉ. ŶĚ ǁŝƚŚ ůŝĨĞƐƚLJůĞƐ ŝŶĐƌĞĂƐŝŶŐůLJ ƌĞůŝĂŶƚ ŽŶ ƚĞĐŚŶŽůŽŐLJ ĂŶĚ ŝŶ ƚƵƌŶ, ĞŶĞƌŐLJ ĐŽŶƐƵŵƉƟŽŶ, ƚĞĂĐŚŝŶŐ LJŽƵŶŐƐƚĞƌƐ ƚŽ ƐĂǀĞ ĞŶĞƌŐLJ ŝƐ ĂŶ ŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚ ůŝĨĞ ůĞƐƐŽŶ.


dŚĞ tŚLJ But before parents can teach their children how to save energy, they ŵƵƐƚ ĮƌƐƚ ĂŶƐǁĞƌ ƚŚĞ ƋƵĞƐƟŽŶ, “ǁŚĂƚ’Ɛ ŝŶ ŝƚ ĨŽƌ ŵĞ?” Ɛ ŵŽƐƚ ƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ ĐĂŶ ĂƩĞƐƚ, ĐŽŶǀŝŶĐŝŶŐ ŬŝĚƐ ƚŽ ĐĂƌĞ ĂďŽƵƚ ĞŶĞƌŐLJ ĞĸĐŝĞŶĐLJ ŝƐ Ă ŚĂƌĚ ƐĞůů. WĂƌĞŶƚƐ ŶĞĞĚ ƚŽ ĞdžƉůĂŝŶ ǁŚLJ ŝƚ’Ɛ ŝŵƉŽƌƚĂŶƚ ƚŽ ƐĂǀĞ ĞŶĞƌŐLJ ĂŶĚ ŚŽǁ ŝƚ ďĞŶĞĮƚƐ ƚŚĞ ĐŚŝůĚ ʹ ŽƚŚĞƌǁŝƐĞ ƚŚĞLJ ǁŝůů ŶŽƚ ƵŶĚĞƌƐƚĂŶĚ ƚŚĞ ŶĞĞĚ ƚŽ ĐŚĂŶŐĞ ƚŚĞŝƌ ŚĂďŝƚƐ ĂŶĚ ǁŝůů ďĞ ůĞƐƐ ŵŽƟǀĂƚĞĚ ƚŽ ĚŽ ƐŽ. /Ŷ ƚŚĞ ƐŝŵƉůĞƐƚ terms, less money spent on an electric bill can mean more money used ĨŽƌ ĨƵŶ ĂĐƟǀŝƟĞƐ ;ƚŚĂƚ’Ɛ ƐŽŵĞƚŚŝŶŐ ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ ĐĂŶ ƌĞůĂƚĞ ƚŽ!).


Less tangible, but just as important, using less energy means running LJŽƵƌ ŚŽŵĞ ŵŽƌĞ ĞĸĐŝĞŶƚůLJ, ĐŽŶƐĞƌǀŝŶŐ ŶĂƚƵƌĂů ƌĞƐŽƵƌĐĞƐ ĂŶĚ ŚĞůƉŝŶŐ ƚŚĞ ĞŶǀŝƌŽŶŵĞŶƚ.


>ĞĂƌŶŝŶŐ ďLJ ŽŝŶŐ


ĂďŽƵƚ ĞŶĞƌŐLJ ĞĸĐŝĞŶĐLJ ĂĐƟŽŶƐ ĂŶĚ ƐĞƚ ĂŶ ĞdžĂŵƉůĞ. tĞ ŬŶŽǁ ƚŚĂƚ ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ ůĞĂƌŶ ďLJ ŽďƐĞƌǀŝŶŐ ǁŚĂƚ ƚŚĞŝƌ ƉĂƌĞŶƚƐ ĚŽ.


ĞĐĂƵƐĞ “ƐĂǀŝŶŐ ĞŶĞƌŐLJ” ŝƐ ĂŶ ĂďƐƚƌĂĐƚ ĐŽŶĐĞƉƚ ĨŽƌ ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ, ďĞ ƐƉĞĐŝĮĐ ǀĞŶ ŝĨ ƚŚĞLJ ĚŽŶ’ƚ


ƐĂLJ ĂŶLJƚŚŝŶŐ, ĐŚŝůĚƌĞŶ ĂƌĞ ƉƌŽĐĞƐƐŝŶŐ LJŽƵƌ ĂĐƟŽŶƐ. tŚĞŶ LJŽƵ ƚƵƌŶ Žī the lights when leaving a room or unplug the phone charger once the ĚĞǀŝĐĞ ŝƐ ĨƵůůLJ ĐŚĂƌŐĞĚ, ƚŚĞLJ ǁŝůů ŶŽƟĐĞ.


>ĞĂƌŶŝŶŐ ĂďŽƵƚ ĞŶĞƌŐLJ ĞĸĐŝĞŶĐLJ ĚŽĞƐŶ’ƚ ŚĂǀĞ ƚŽ ďĞ Ă ďŽƌŝŶŐ ůĞĐƚƵƌĞ. DĂŬĞ ŝƚ ĨƵŶ ĨŽƌ ŐƌĞĂƚĞƌ ŝŵƉĂĐƚ.


&Žƌ LJŽƵŶŐĞƌ ŬŝĚƐ, ƚƵƌŶ ĞŶĞƌŐLJ ĞĸĐŝĞŶĐLJ ŝŶƚŽ Ă “ƚƌĞĂƐƵƌĞ ŚƵŶƚ” ŐĂŵĞ ƚŽ ůŽĐĂƚĞ Ăůů ƚŚĞ ƚŚŝŶŐƐ ŝŶ LJŽƵƌ ŚŽŵĞ ƚŚĂƚ ƵƐĞ ĞůĞĐƚƌŝĐŝƚLJ.


age of the children, challenge them to count and group the items into ĐĂƚĞŐŽƌŝĞƐ: ĞůĞĐƚƌŽŶŝĐƐ, ĂƉƉůŝĂŶĐĞƐ, ůŝŐŚƚƐ, ĞƚĐ. /Ĩ ĂŐĞ ĂƉƉƌŽƉƌŝĂƚĞ, ŚĂǀĞ ƚŚĞŵ ĐƌĞĂƚĞ Ă ůŝƐƚ.


Žƌ ƵŶƉůƵŐŐĞĚ ƚŽ ƐĂǀĞ ƉŽǁĞƌ ĞǀĞƌLJ ĚĂLJ. ŽŶƟŶƵĞĚ ŽŶ ƉĂŐĞ 8 ĞƉĞŶĚŝŶŐ ŽŶ ƚŚĞ ƐŬ ǁŚŝĐŚ ŐĂĚŐĞƚƐ ĂŶĚ ĂƉƉůŝĂŶĐĞƐ ĐŽƵůĚ ďĞ ƚƵƌŶĞĚ Žī


Northeast Connection is published monthly to communicate with the members of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative.


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2. When contacting the cooperative to report an outage, use the name as it appears on your bill, and have both your pole number and account


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