As technology has improved more of our customers are taking advantage of the e-billing system now available through Kit Carson Electric Cooperative. Your electric cooperative spends approximately $150,000 per year on postage to get electrical bills out to its members. This is a substantial amount of money not considering the envelopes and return envelopes that are enclosed with the bill.
- E-billing reduces the amount of paper and stress on the environment
- E-billing helps reduce the cost of personnel time to prepare the bills
- E-Billing help reduce the cost of operating the production machines
- E-bill is delivered your email address of your choice.
- Your bill is never lost in the mail or late
- You receive your bill even if you are not at home.
- Avoid unnecessary trips to the post office
- Receipt of the bill is immediate so you can click on the link and pay your bill online and you do not have to write checks, buy a stamp, etc.
- Help us to help you save money and time by taking advantage of E-billing available through Kit Carson Electric Cooperative. Signing up is easy, just contact our customer service department at (575)758-2258 or 1(800)688-6780 and request the details. Sign up today.
Why Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs?
Using compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) is an effective way to reduce energy consumption and prevent greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs, last up to ten times longer and can save about $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime. The use of less electricity, in turn, puts less demand on power plants, thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gases, mercury, and other pollutants released into the air. Each CFL can prevent more than 450 pounds of emissions from a power plant over its operating life.
Using CFLs can also help to reduce cooling costs in your home. They emit about 75 percent less heat than traditional bulbs. About 90 percent of the energy emitted by incandescent bulbs is heat, compared with the 30 percent released by CFLs. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a CFL, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, reduce more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of more than 800,000 cars.
What if I accidentally break a CFL in my home?
CFLs are made of glass and can break if dropped or roughly handled. Be careful when handling a bulb, and always screw and unscrew the bulb by its base (not the glass). Never forcefully twist a CFL into a light socket. In the event of breaking a CFL, you can clean it up through the following procedures: Do not use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the breakage until the debris has been removed. This will spread the mercury vapor and dust throughout the area and could potentially contaminate the vacuum. Keep people and pets away from the breakage area until the cleanup is complete. For maximum protection and if you have them, wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from the sharp glass.
Carefully remove the larger pieces and place them in a secure closed container, preferably a glass container with a metal screw top lid and seal like a canning jar.40 A glass jar with a good seal works best to contain any mercury vapors inside. Other jars that can be made of glass and also work are pickle, peanut butter and applesauce jars. Not ideal but also a good choice for containing breakage is a heavy duty #2 plastic container with either a screw lid or push-on lid such as a joint compound bucket or certain kitty litter-type containers. Next, begin collecting the smaller pieces and dust. You can use two stiff pieces of paper such as index cards or playing cards to scoop up pieces. Pat the area with the sticky side of duct tape, packing tape or masking tape to pick up fine particles. Wipe the area with a wet wipe or damp paper towel to pick up even finer particles. Put all waste and materials into the glass container, including all material used in the cleanup that may have been contaminated with mercury. Label the container as “broken lamp.”
Remove the container with the breakage and cleanup materials from your home. This is particularly important if you do not have a glass container.Continue ventilating the room for several hours. Wash your hands and face. Take the glass container to a facility that accepts household hazardous waste
Where can I purchase Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs?
Kit Carson Electric offers a variety of CFLs to meet your needs. Please contact our Human Resources and Public Relations Department at 118 Cruz Alta Rd. Taos NM or call (575) 758-2258 local or 1 (800) 688-6780 toll free for more information.