Light Bulbs – Watts the Difference?

It’s pretty clear we’re huge fans of LED light bulbs. But you may be thinking: “Why?”

We’re glad you asked. If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between bulbs is, this is your “light bulb moment!” 

Background on Bulbs

Before we get started, some good light bulb terms to know are lumens and watts.
Watt-ch this video for a quick overview:

Here’s a breakdown of the lights you can buy for your home — Incandescent, CFL, and LED:

Incandescent
Incandescent bulbs use a filament that’s heated to the point of glowing. Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act in 2007, requiring new energy-efficient lighting standards for basic light bulbs. Standard incandescent bulbs are being phased out, and for good reason: they only last for one year on average and use up to 75% more energy than LED bulbs!

CFL
Compact fluorescent light, or CFL, light bulbs are filled with mercury vapor that emits UV light when electricity is applied to it. The bulbs have a coating inside that turns UV rays into visible light. While CFL bulbs use less energy than incandescent light bulbs, there’s only one clear winner when it comes to saving energy — LED!

LED
Light-emitting diodes, or LED, are semiconductors that turn into light as electricity passes through them. LEDs are more efficient than incandescent and CFL light bulbs, so less energy radiates from the bulbs as heat, making LEDs much cooler too. LED lights also don’t burn out, they just grow dimmer. Most LED lights have an average life span of 25,000 hours, so if you kept your LED bulb on 24/7/365, it could last nearly three years! Oh yes, they also use way less watts. In fact, LEDs are at least 75% more energy efficient than incandescent.

Watt’s the big deal about LED? Here’s how many watts each bulb uses for the same light output.

LED CFL Incandescent
14 – 16 watts  23 watts 100 watts
12 – 13 watts 20 watts 75 watts
8 – 9 watts 15 watts 60 watts

What about color?
The light bulb you choose isn’t just about the energy it saves or how long it lasts. Lighting directly affects the atmosphere and mood of a home. Light color is measured on the Kelvin (K) temperature scale. A lower Kelvin number means a more yellowish light, while a higher Kelvin number means the light is white to blue.

Worried about cost?
Don’t be. LEDs do cost a little bit more, but they last much longer and use far less energy. Also, we’ll help you pay for them, with instant savings of up to $2 per bulb at participating retailers!

Now you can see why we’re such big fans of LED light bulbs, right? We hope you are too! Now it’s your turn to experience the LED difference for yourself.


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!

Manual/Analog

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.

Programmable

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.

Connected

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

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!


 https://okpoweralliance.com/uncategorized/business-viewpoint-oklahoma-is-a-leader-in-nations-clean-energy-revolution/

 https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/articles/top-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-wind-power

 https://okpoweralliance.com/uncategorized/renewable-energy-jobs-on-the-rise/

 https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/articles/top-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-wind-power

 https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/articles/top-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-wind-power

 https://okpoweralliance.com/uncategorized/renewable-energy-jobs-on-the-rise/

 https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/animation-how-wind-turbine-works

 https://www.psoklahoma.com/account/bills/manage/WindChoice.aspx

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.

 

Attic

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!

 

Floor

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.

 

Crawlspace

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 PSOklahoma.com/myenergyadvisor. 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.