Electricity “peak” periods occur at times when electricity used in Edmond is the highest. When a lot of our residents use power at the same time, the amount of electricity produced or bought must increase to meet the demand.
Since electricity can’t be stored, it must be produced on demand. During peak periods, which are normally between 3 and 8 pm on summer weekdays, additional energy resources are required and these resources are more costly to operate resulting in increased energy costs.
“This ‘peak load’ electricity then is usually more expensive and raises the cost of everyone’s electricity. If these peaks are reduced, we can all save money,” said Edmond Electric Director Glenn Fisher.
Each home also uses more energy now than in the past with the many electronic devices we have throughout our homes, filling each room.
Edmond Electric offers the following ways you can help reduce the peaks:
• Run the dishwasher early in the morning or late at night. Adjust your dishwasher so the dishes dry without heat.
• Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, and use a fan to circulate the cool air. Cooling costs are typically 60 percent of your total utility bill. For every degree you set the thermostat below 78 degrees, you use two to five percent more electricity.
• Turn off ceiling fans where rooms are unoccupied.
• Turn off lights in any room you’re not using, or consider installing timers, photo cells or occupancy sensors to reduce the amount of time your lights are on.
• Replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient CFL or LED lights which are more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs yet provide the same light levels. They can also last up to nine times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
• Humidity is a factor. Take baths or showers and wash dishes early in the morning or in the evening instead of during the day. Take more showers than baths because bathing uses the most hot water in the average household. Use an outside clothesline to avoid adding heat to your house during the hottest months. Replace old or worn out exhaust fans with humidity sensing units but be cautious on the use of these. Exhaust fans can pull out cool air quickly.
• Cook smarter. Avoid using the stove or oven on hot days. Instead, use the microwave, grill outdoors or throw together a cold summer meal.
• Don’t keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Remember to clean the coils on your refrigerator.
• Insulate. Check to make sure insulation levels are appropriate in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors and crawl spaces. You can increase the comfort of your home while reducing your annual heating and cooling usage by up to 10 percent by simply investing in proper insulation and sealing air leaks.
• Check for and caulk any holes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets than can leak air into or out of your home. Use non-expanding foam insulation around doors and windows.
• Upgrade leaky windows. It may be time to replace them with energy-efficient models or to boost their efficiency with weather-stripping.
• Clear outdoor air conditioning units and heat pumps of debris and shrubbery so they can work more efficiently.
• Clean or replace filters on your furnace, air conditioner and heat pump regularly. Dirty filters reduce efficiency by restricting airflow. Changing or cleaning your filter monthly can yield an additional 10 to 20 percent savings in cooling costs.
• Close drapes or blinds during the day to keep heat-producing sunlight out.
• Close the damper on your fireplace.
• Unplug unnecessary electric appliances and equipment. Switch off unwatched television.
• Keep exterior doors closed as much as possible.
• Turn off the computer. You will conserve energy by turning off or using sleep mode for any computer not in use for two hours or more.
• Lower the temperature on your water heater. A setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit provides comfortable, hot water for most uses. And installing an insulating blanket on your electric water heater should pay for itself in less than a year.
For more information about energy usage in Edmond and more specifically, in your home, call Edmond Electric today and schedule a FREE home energy audit which could save you money with the energy saving tips designed for your home.
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Chris Gibson recently posted this on the “People of Copperfield” site on Facebook:
Easter Egg Hunt April 4 10-11am!!!
Any Teens or others out there that remember what a great time it was at your Hunt? I could use some hands to hide Eggs or hand out mass quantities of candy to lots of excited children!!!
The City of Edmond is delaying all trash and recycling pick up by a day this week because the trucks didn’t run Monday due to the sleet storm.
Annual Meeting time
Dear Copperfield Resident:
The annual members’ meeting of Copperfield Homeowners Association Inc. will take place at the Edmond Public Library (10 S Boulevard) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015. This is an opportunity for you to meet the board of directors who serve the Association.
These directors are owners just like you who devote substantial time and energy to making Copperfield a great place to live. I would personally welcome the opportunity to introduce you to these board members.
This is also an opportunity to be more informed about how your dues are utilized.
At the meeting, an election will be held to determine whether certain nominees shall be elected to the board of directors for a two-year term. The members may also transact such other business of the Association as may properly come before them. Business items and issues that may be discussed are as follows:
1. Financial reports;
2. Vacancies on the board;
3. Covenant compliance/enforcement Issues;
4. Reports from other association directors about their as-
signed duties/positions; and
5. Possible new projects for 2015.
Election ballots will be supplied at the meeting. On behalf of the entire board, I encourage you to attend the meeting, and cast your ballot in person. We look forward to seeing you there. If you cannot attend the meeting, however, please complete and mail the enclosed proxy so as to be received at the above address (1322 Fretz Drive Edmond, OK 73003) by 3 p.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015. This will enable us to cast a ballot for you in accordance with the terms of the proxy.
Richard L. Coburn
The annual Meeting Election process
Election ballots will be supplied at the meeting. On behalf of the entire board, we encourage you to attend the meeting, and cast your ballot in person. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you cannot attend the meeting, however, please complete and return the proxy ballot that has been mailed to you so as to be received at:
COPPERFIELD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.
C/O Neighborhood Services Corporation
1322 Fretz Drive
Edmond, OK 73003
by 3 p.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015
This will enable the Association secretary to cast a ballot for you in accordance with the terms of the proxy.
We anticipate having two longtime board members, Gary Moore and David Nunn, hang it up after very long tenures. We as a board and neighborhood owe a special thanks to these men for their long active dedicated service to us.
We will be looking for new blood and experience to help us keep Copperfield a desirable comfortable place to raise a family as well as remaining a good investment.
We need qualified Volunteers for the board positions and for various committees that support the board, including social activities for us all, and a welcoming committee for new homeowners, etc.!
Why volunteer on Copperfield Homeowners Association Board?
–Protect your self-interests. Protect your property values and maintain the quality of life in Copperfield.
–Correct a problem. Have you had difficulty, or do you have good ideas about how things could be done better?
–Be sociable. Meet your neighbors, make friends, and exchange opinions.
–Give back. Repay a little of what’s been done for you.
–Have some fun. Association work isn’t drudgery.
–It’s fun accomplishing good things with your neighbors.
–Express yourself. Help with creative projects like Copperfield beautification.
Since the Copperfield Homeowners Association is not a sponsor of, or affiliated with any social website, we needed a website to act as an electronic bulletin board to keep up with community activities for all homeowners to rely on between newsletters. This year Don Mecoy volunteered to set up the Copperfield website and post announcements from the board. (Thank you Don!) Please click on the site: www.copperfieldedmond.org
COPPERFIELD — Dues reminder — $225.00 Annually – NO Change again this year!
Dues are how we pay for all that is necessary to keep our neighborhood functioning and looking beautiful. The HOA mows many acres of common lawn, cares for the beautiful plantings at our lighted entrances, pays all the utilities to run the pool, lights and irrigation systems, manages and runs the recreation areas and the pool maintenance, coordinates the upkeep on our buildings with paint and repairs, manages the greenbelt areas cutting dead trees, maintaining our bridge and other necessities as they arise.
The majority of our residents pay their dues on time. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
COPPERFIELD ANNUAL MEMBERS’ MEETING AGENDA
1. President Calls Meeting to Order and Welcomes Owners.
2. Introductory Comments by the President
3. Introduction of Current Board Members.
4. Roll Call and Certification of Proxies.
5. Proof of Meeting Notice or Meeting or Waiver of Notice.
7. Neighborhood Service Corporation.
8. Reports of Officers:
A. Gary Moore–Treasurer’s Report;
B. Les Gay–Pool;
C. Gary Keith–Grounds;
D. Jeremy Jett-Secretary’s Report
E. Other Reports;
F. President’s Summation.
9. Election of Directors.
10. Unfinished Projects of 2014
11. New Business from Members.
A. Covenant Enforcement
11. New Business from Members.
Covenant Corner –
A Section of Your HOA Copperfield Covenant regulation of this summer:
Vehicle Restrictions; No Trailer, Camper, Mobile home Commercial vehicle, Truck (other than Standard size pick-up truck), inoperable automobile, boat or similar equipment shall be permitted to remain upon any area…, other than temporally. Commercial vehicles shall not include sedans or standard size pickup trucks which are used for both business and personal use, provided that any signs or marking of a commercial nature on such vehicles shall be unobtrusive and inoffensive as determined by the association.
A covenant affects the use and enjoyment of the property and is said to “run with the land” or “touch and concern” the property. This means the covenant and the property are inseparable once the covenant is recorded, and all owners, present and future, are subject to the covenant.
Let’s all make arrangements to keep our trailers out of our driveways and our properties compliant with our Copperfield Covenants this new year of 2015.