These days, the buzz is all about energy efficiency and Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is committed to helping our member-owners improve the energy consumption in their home.

With that goal in mind, the Baker City-based utility is hosting a series of classes — Energy 101: How to save money by saving energy — in each of the cooperative’s district offices.

“As your energy resource, we are proud to offer these classes for our members,” said Susie Snyder, OTEC supervisor of energy programs. “We really want to help our members to save energy and money with these classes.”

The approximately hour-longclasses, which are free of charge, are designed to help members learn about what is using electricity inefficiently in their home and what programs the cooperative offers that are available to members. The classroom setting is a good opportunity for members to learn about general conservation, but also provides members a chance to ask specific questions about their unique situations.

The classes kick off at 1:30 PM Aug. 23 at the Baker City office, 4005 23rd St. The next class will be at 1:30 PM Aug. 27 in the John Day office, 400 Patterson Road. The third class is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 28 in the Burns office, 567 West Pierce St. and the final class will be at 1:30 PM Aug. 30 in the La Grande office, 2408 Cove Ave.

To reserve your seat for the class in your area or for more information, contact your local OTEC office.

“RSVPs are encouraged, but not required,” Snyder said. “Space is limited at each of our offices. Come join us and let us put our energy to work for you.”