Thermostats: What’s the difference?

“Don’t touch that thermostat!” You probably heard this all the time growing up. Good news — now you don’t have to! Thanks to a host of cool new features, thermostats can now help you stay comfy all year long without constantly having to adjust the settings. But don’t be fooled, not all thermostats are created equal.

What’s the difference between manual, programmable, connected and smart thermostats? Let’s find out!


This is the thermostat you were told not to touch, and with good reason. Manual/analog thermostats are not precise when it comes to temperature accuracy. You constantly have to adjust them up or down to stay comfortable, which costs you a bundle in energy and money.


A programmable thermostat lets you set your temperature preferences, so you no longer have to manually adjust your settings all the time. That’s definitely a pro. The con is they only work the way you program them to. So think of them like a printed map — they won’t adjust to changing circumstances. If you want to change settings, you’ll need to reprogram your thermostat.


These thermostats are connected to the Internet, so think of them like a GPS navigation system. You’ll get real-time info, so you can adjust your settings remotely. That’s awesome, but there is a catch: you still have to the make all the decisions yourself.


Smart thermostats earn their name. But how smart are they? Not only are they connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi, giving you real-time info 24/7 no matter where you are, but they can also make decisions for you! Yep, you don’t have to constantly adjust your settings. Nice, right? But that’s just the basics. You can also get info on outside temp, indoor conditions, occupancy, even when to change your air filters, so you can maximize your savings anytime and anywhere.

Ready to make the switch and save all year long? Sign up for PSO’s Power Hours program and get a FREE Wi-Fi thermostat when you enroll!

Wind Energy is a winner! Here are five facts you should know.

When it comes to saving energy and creating opportunity, the wind is at our backs. Oklahoma has always been known for wind. Now thanks to groundbreaking technology, wind energy is increasingly being used to power our daily lives, creating jobs and prosperity across our state in the process. At PSO, we’re proud to play our part, and you can too (see fact #5). Here are five reasons why wind energy is a winner:

#1 – Oklahoma is number 2 in wind energy.

Oklahoma is a wind energy leader, and we’re just getting started! We are number two in the nation for wind energy, behind only Texas. Wind already accounts for 36% of Oklahoma’s daily electrical needs, powering jobs and investing money in schools and communities statewide. All Oklahomans should take pride in their wind energy industry and be energized at what more we can do.

#2 – Wind powers jobs

The U.S. wind energy industry employs more than 114,000 people. Most of the wind turbine’s components are manufactured in the U.S., and there are 500 wind-related manufacturing facilities across 41 states. In fact, employment in the U.S. wind industry increased by 8% in 2018.

#3 – Watts up? Our wind power capacity!

At the end of 2018, the United States’ wind power capacity was 96,433 megawatts —enough to offset consumption in 25 million American homes. For context, that’s more than the population of Florida. In Oklahoma, the sky is the limit. Oklahoma’s wind power industry has about 1,300 megawatts of undeveloped capacity, 15% of existing capacity.

#4 – 8,000 reasons wind turbines are amazing.

Still picturing a turn-of-the-century windmill? Not anymore. Today’s wind turbines are a marvel of modern engineering. In fact, a wind turbine has as many as 8,000 different components. See how they work.

#5 – You can power your home or business with wind.

Harnessing wind to power your home is easier and more affordable than ever. For just a few extra dollars a month, you can get up to 100% wind power. You’ll help support Oklahoma jobs, protect our environment, and conserve energy for future use. That’s what we call a wind-WIN! See how WindChoice works. 

Ready to choose clean, homegrown Oklahoma energy? Choose WindChoice!

Invest in insulation. Increase your coziness. Winning!

Invest in insulation. Increase your coziness. Winning!

Nothing beats a cozy, comfy fall day, right? Well, one of the best ways to improve your home’s comfort all year long is through proper insulation. But insulation doesn’t just improve comfort, it can also save you energy, especially during those chilly winter months. According to the EPA, you can save an average of 15% on your heating and cooling costs by air-sealing your home and insulating your attics, floors and crawlspaces. We call that a win-win-WIN! So whether it’s attic, floor, crawlspace, or all of the above, here’s why you should invest in insulation.



Your attic is great for storing old clothes and decorations, but it’s even better for protecting your home from cold, heat and humidity — especially when it has been properly insulated. Remember that heat rises so your attic can be a major energy loser. No wonder that according to Department of Energy estimates, proper insulation can save you 20% in reduced energy usage. While the statistics vary, they all agree on one thing: you’ll save a lot!



Attic insulation gets a lot of attention, but floor insulation is super important, too.  First things first, you can’t add insulation to a home with concrete slab flooring (sorry folks), but you can add insulation to many types of flooring. In addition to energy savings, floor insulation has many other proven benefits. For one, it improves your home’s thermal efficiency, which is a fancy way of saying you’ll be able to retain desirable temps all year without excessive heating or cooling. It also prevents cold air from creeping in through the floor. You may not be worried about that now, but trust us, winter is coming, and you’ll want your floor insulation to be ready.



Like attic and floor insulation, adding crawlspace insulation improves comfort, helps lower your energy bill, and reduces the risk of moisture and mold buildup in your home. Another thing it does? Keeps out insects and rodents. We know you probably don’t like to think about these four-legged, eight-legged and 1000-legged home invaders, but you should. Crawlspace insulation kicks out these creepy crawlies, making your home way more sanitary, and helping to improve your sanity as well.

Ready to insulate your home and start saving?  See available rebates.

Does your home make the grade? See how your home stacks up with My Energy Advisor

Back to school’s not just for the kids. See if your home is a star pupil or if there’s room for improvement. With PSO’s My Energy Advisor, you have everything you need to know about your home’s energy consumption, all in one convenient place.  Here’s how it works:


Get started

Sign up at Next, answer some multiple-choice questions (no cheating off your neighbor) about your home to get a customized view of your energy consumption. This creates a detailed home energy profile and you’ll receive your very own Home Energy Score.


Start saving

Now you’re ready to start saving. With My Energy Advisor you can: compare your home’s energy usage with other homes like yours; track usage trends based on the weather; and even receive personalized recommendations, from tips for saving energy to specific equipment upgrades. When you select an upgrade, you’ll also see how much you can save in energy costs each month and any available rebates from PSO.


Build a plan

Break out your spiral notebook and favorite highlighter, it’s time to build an Energy Savings Plan. Actually, let My Energy Advisor do the work – it lets you compare your current home’s energy usage with potential upgrades. It’s a powerful way to predict your energy-saving future.


Ready to see how your home stacks up?  Visit My Energy Advisor today.

Empower Oklahoma families. Give during home energy aid month and your donation will be doubled!

Lights. Air conditioning. Electricity to cook a hot meal. Most of us never dream of going without these basic necessities. But for some Oklahomans, the threat of losing their utilities is all too real.

During Home Energy Aid Month in July, PSO will match donations to the Salvation Army’s energy assistance program. During July, every dollar you give will go twice as far! Visit the Salvation Army Energy Aid Month to donate today.

Stories of Resilience
Mark never thought this could happen to him. He eats healthy and stays fit, but all it took was one misstep. Now the job he loves, caring for people in his nursing home, is a job he cannot do. After hurting his back, Mark cannot lift more than 30 pounds. His wife Stephanie has a good job, but one income for a family of four just isn’t enough. When their utility bill overdue notice came in the mail Mark knew they needed help. The Salvation Army Center of Hope Home Energy Aid program helped Mark and Stephanie cover their overdue bill. By taking care of this bill, Mark and Stephanie can now avoid the complications that come with losing home utilities or worse.

Want to help year-round? You can support energy assistance programs through PSO’s Light A Life program in two key ways: 

Learn more or make a donation for Home Energy Aid Month.