Five easy ways to save energy – and money – this fall!

Fall is awesome for many reasons. Our favorite part? Lower temps usually mean lower energy expenses too. Ok, so we’re kind of nerdy, but what can we say? We love helping you save! So even though fall is much cooler than summer, it’s still a great time to save energy and money (especially with holiday shopping coming soon). You won’t believe how simple these tips are. Check out these five easy ways to save!

1.Dial your thermostat back.

Setting your thermostat back just a few degrees only takes five seconds, but could save you up to $30 a month. That’s roughly six pumpkin spice lattes! The Department of Energy recommends dialing it back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours to save up to 10% on heating costs. You know what’s an even better idea? Getting a rebate on a programmable Wi-Fi thermostat!

2. Cool your (water) jets.

Heating up water is more expensive in cooler weather. So don’t let your dishwasher and washing machine hog all of your hot water. Lower your dishwasher and washing machine’s temps, and lower your energy usage too.

3. “Leaf” your A/C alone.

Fall weather in Oklahoma can be unpredictable. One day it’s cool and windy, the next it’s warm and muggy. So if you’re keeping your A/C on standby, be sure to keep leaves away. The buildup from leaves, sticks, and other debris blocks airflow, reducing efficiency and potentially raising your utility bills too. The moisture from the leaves can even cause sensitive components to rust. Yikes!

4. Let the sunshine in!

Let the sunlight heat your home by opening the curtains on your south-facing windows. It’s a natural way to warm your abode, and helps keep your heating costs down too. Just remember to close them at night to keep the warm air in and cold air out.

5. Reducing drafts is key.

Reduce indoor drafts by installing covers on your keyholes, letterboxes, and electrical outlets. It may not seem like a lot, but keeping warm air in and cold air out can help make your home more comfortable. Hey, every little bit helps, right? Want to save all year long? Get more energy saving tips, or sign up for our rebates and programs, at PowerForwardwithPSO.com!

Happy Energyween! Get scary awesome energy savings with these four tips.

Don’t be haunted by energy vampires. Celebrate National Energy Awareness month and Energyween with these four scary good energy savings!

Handing out candy? Light your home with candles!

When it comes to saving energy, candles have no “match” (#dadjoke). So if you’re staying home to hand out candy, turn off your lights and set the stage with spooky candles instead. Check out these helpful candle safety tips. Not staying in? No worries. Try energy-efficient LED string lighting in a variety of Halloween colors.

Keep out spooky spirits (a.k.a. air leaks).

Stop unwanted drafts from giving you goose bumps. Seal air leaks around windows, doors and outlets. We offer rebates on air sealing, as well as instant savings on door seals and sweeps.

Take advantage of flue season.

Your chimney flue, that is. Save some serious green and heat your home with your fireplace. It’ll save you money, keep your home comfy, and, most importantly, help keep witches and goblins from coming through your chimney. Just make sure your chimney is properly maintained, and remember to close your flue when you’re not using it.

Eliminate energy vampires.

Your old power strip silently sucks electricity all day. Want to defeat this energy vampire? Switch to an ADVANCED Power Strip. It uses less electricity than old power strips and smells much better than garlic. Best part? We’ll help you pay for it!

What’s even sweeter than candy? Saving energy and money! Check out our spooktacular rebates on energy-saving products and home upgrades.


Energy Efficiency Day Contest

What does Energy Efficiency mean to you?

Draw it for us and win big!

 

Celebrate National Energy Awareness month with us this October by entering PSO’s calendar contest!

  1. Download the entry form
  2. Doodle what energy efficiency means to you
  3. Submit your drawing to info@powerforwardwithpso.com or Mail to: PSO ATTN: Consumer Programs 212 E 6th St, Tulsa, OK 74119

Deadline for Submissions: October 31, 2019

Your drawing could be featured in the 2020 PSO Energy Efficiency calendar —12 winners will be chosen! There will be a limited number of calendars printed, which will be available first come first serve. Don’t wait—get on the list to reserve your copy today at powerforwardwithpso.com/calendar!

 

Energy saving pro tip: Always remember to turn the lights off when you leave the room!

Learn how to save even more energy at PowerForwardWithPSO.com

Get in the game — four ways to save energy like a champion!

Fall is almost here! After that scorcher of a summer, we’re looking forward to the crisp air, cool weather, and, oh yeah, lots of football! But just because the weather is cooling down doesn’t mean you should punt on following energy-saving habits. In fact, now’s a great time to invest in energy-efficient products that can really make a big difference on your household’s energy use. You can’t win a big game without a great playbook, so here are four ways to save energy like a champion!

 

ADVANCED Power Strips – the real MVP.

Bench your conventional power strip and replace it with an ADVANCED power strip (APS) instead. Conventional power strips still draw energy from electronic devices even when they’re not in use. This is known as “Vampire Load” (spooky) and can add up to $200 in annual energy costs for the average home (really spooky!). Switch to an APS instead, which has built-in features that dramatically reduce the amount of energy being used. There are many types available, so find a participating retailer and get up to a $14 rebate from us!

 

Watch the big game and score big savings, too.

Planning on upgrading your TV for football season? Nice move. Make a smart play and get an ENERGY STAR® certified TV, which saves on average 25% more energy than regular TVs. And yes, you can still get all of the features you love: internet connectivity, high dynamic range, and of course, ultra-high definition. ENERGY STAR® certified TVs have pretty much everything, except the waste. Visit energystar.gov to see available TVs.

 

Score savings with an energy-efficient refrigerator.

What is football without snacks? Frankly, we don’t even want to consider it. But all those snack breaks can really add up when it comes to your fridge’s energy usage. First, make snacks easily accessible so you can limit the number of times you open the refrigerator to grab a snack. Second, invest in an ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerator, which can save around 9% more energy compared to models that meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard. See how you can save on your purchase with rebates from PSO.

 

Make the winning call – enroll in My Energy Advisor.

If there are 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter and your team is down by two, you’re probably not focused on your home’s overall energy use. But what about the rest of the week? Or the rest of the year for that matter?  My Energy Advisor is kind of like your energy coach, as it gives great advice all year long. Our easy-to-use, energy tracking tool gives you a detailed picture of how much energy you’re using—and how much you can be saving. To enjoy greater savings and comfort year-round, enroll in My Energy Advisor.

 

Investing in energy-saving electronics, appliances and more is always a winning play. We’ve mentioned a few products above, but we offer so many more rebates. To see all the ways you can save, visit our rebates page!

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.