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.

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.

Four tips to help you unplug (literally) and keep your home energy-efficient while on vacation.

Summer is here, which means road trips, camping excursions and family vacations—and more time away from home. To help ensure your house isn’t using unnecessary energy and costing you money while you’re gone, follow these four easy tips.

 

1. Make sure indoor lights and electronics are shut off.

We’ve all returned from vacation to discover a closet light left on or a stray television or gaming console still active. It might seem like a minor miss, but little oversights can add up quickly in terms of energy and dollars. Double-check those easy-to-miss rooms — garages, closets, bathrooms, storage sheds — to make sure all lights and nonessential electronics are off. Make sure your electronics aren’t secretly using energy while you’re gone by switching off power strips and disconnecting any electronics plugged straight into the wall, especially televisions, stereos, gaming consoles, and computers.

 

2. Program your thermostat and your outdoor lights.

It’s important to keep your home safe and comfortable, but leaving lights on 24/7 or an A/C unit running while you’re away can waste a considerable amount of energy. Consider installing a timer on outdoor lights and programming them to come on after sunset and automatically shut off at sunrise. During the summertime, set your thermostat to 85 degrees to save on cooling costs while you’re away from home.

 

3. Don’t clean out your fridge or freezer before you leave.

It might seem like a good time to clear out the excess clutter in your refrigerator, but did you know an empty fridge actually uses more energy than a full one? Maximize your fridge’s efficiency by waiting to clear it out until you’re back home and have new goods to replace what you’re discarding.

 

4. Consider an energy audit.

A home energy audit can help you locate and seal costly air leaks across your home. Proper sealing and insulation could help you save up to 30% in energy costs — and help you rest easy while on vacation.

 

Looking for more ways to save energy and money? Check out more energy-saving tips and tricks.

Four ways to help your HVAC stay cool

In an ideal world, summer temps would stay moderate, a cool breeze would always be blowing, and you would rarely have to turn on your home’s air conditioner. But we live in Oklahoma, which means at some point that HVAC is going to be working overtime. The good news: even with your AC system running, there are ways to maximize your energy efficiency without sacrificing home comfort. Here are five of them.

  1. Clean or replace your air conditioner filters

A clogged filter can obstruct airflow and reduce the efficiency of your system—and cost you money. According to the Department of Energy, replacing a dirty or clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

  1. Keep your coils clean

Your AC’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over time—especially an outdoor condenser coil. Check and clean your evaporator coil yearly, and make sure that your condenser coil is not near an excess of debris or foliage. This will allow for adequate airflow—and reduced energy usage.

  1. Check your window unit for air leaks

If you have a window unit, make sure the seal between your air conditioner and window frame is secure and not leaking cool air. Check for leaks on your other windows as well; poorly sealed windows are often the chief culprit of energy leaks.

  1. Get a professional opinion

A professional technician can inspect your HVAC unit on a deeper level and find and fix problems you might have missed. They’ll check your refrigerant, test for refrigerant and duct leaks, measure airflow, inspect electric terminals, oil motors and check belts, and, most importantly, check the accuracy of your thermostat.

Looking for more ways to save energy and money? Check out more energy-saving tips and tricks.