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.
Oklahoma summers have a lot going for them (baseball, sunny days, lake trips, BBQs), but May to August in the Sooner State is legendary for hotter than hot temperatures. Worried about staying cool and saving money? Fear not! You don’t have to resort to sitting in a kiddie pool filled with ice (you still can, of course). Stay cool and comfy — and save cash — with these five easy tips!
- Become a fan…of fans.
Don’t you just love the whirring sound of fans? It’s almost therapeutic. Fans will certainly improve your mental well-being when you see how much money they can save. Use a stand, box or ceiling fan and you can raise your thermostat by four degrees without feeling the difference. Cool, right? However, remember to turn off the fan if you’re not in the room. The wind chill effect cools the people in the room, not the room itself.
- Is your A/C from B.C.? Upgrade it!
Still using the same A/C unit from, like, 25 years ago? That outdated A/C could be costing you a small fortune in energy costs. Upgrading to a new energy-efficient A/C will keep you cool all summer long. Do we offer rebates? You bet we do! Check out all of our rebate programs at powerforwardwithpso.com.
- Don’t cut the cords. Just unplug them.
It’s always a good idea to unplug your electronics when you’re not using them (seriously, those puppies just suck up watts), but it’s especially smart in the summer. Think of it like this: you’re inevitably going to be using more energy in the summer because you’re cranking the A/C, right? But when you unplug your chargers, TV, computer, etc., you’re making up some of the difference. A little bit goes a long way too. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, you can save up to $100 a year.
- Don’t (unintentionally) heat your home.
You may be heating your home and not even realize it. How? By leaving your blinds and curtains open. Leaving your blinds and curtains open lets in sunlight and heats up rooms, so your A/C has to work that much harder to cool your place down. Close them to save some energy this summer. While you’re at it, consider adding weather stripping to your doors and windows. You can even save on select home maintenance items with instant in-store discounts from PSO.
- Steer clear of the kitchen.
Grilling outside isn’t just a lot of fun; it can help save energy too. Using kitchen appliances can raise the temperature by 10 degrees. Plus, there’s also the air conditioning cost of cooling down your home. So anytime can grill out or go out, do it!
It’s a new year—and a great time to tackle some easy energy-saving DIY home projects. While they might not be as fun as that Pinterest project you have your eye on, these upgrades will help you save energy and make your home more comfortable. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and you’ll be on your way to a more energy-efficient home in no time.
Insulate those hot water pipes.
What’s the goal? Reduce heat loss and retain water temperatures up to 4 degrees warmer
How much does it cost? $10–$15
How long does it take? 3 hours or longer, depending on the size of your house
How much will you save? $8–$12 annually
Watch: Easy step-by-step instructions
Grab the caulk and seal your home air leaks.
What’s the goal? Reduce costly drafts, make your home more comfortable
How much does it cost? $3–$30
How long does it take? 1–2 hours
How much will you save? 10–20 percent of your heating bill
Read: How-to Article
Weatherstrip your harder-to-reach air leaks.
What’s the goal? Reduce drafts by sealing leaks that come from movable joints like windows and doors
How much does it cost? $5–$10
How long does it take? 1 hour
How much will you save? Up to 10 percent in energy savings
Read: Easy step-by-step instructions
Insulate your water tank.
What’s the goal? Reduce up to 45 percent of standby heat loss
How much does it cost? $30
How long does it take? 1.5 hours
How much will you save? $20–$45
Watch: Easy step-by-step instructions
There’s plenty to get excited for during the holidays. Family, gifts, treats… it’s the most joyous time of the year. But for many, the holidays can be a struggle. That’s why PSO spends the holiday season serving our friends in the community. Check out how you can join in this season of giving.
Giving Families a Ray of Hope
Did you know 40% of the people served at food pantries have to choose between paying their bills and feeding their families?
That’s why PSO started the Shine a Light Project in 2014.
Here’s how it works: every time you purchase a PSO-discounted light bulb from a participating retailer, a bulb is donated to families in need, helping them lower their energy costs. With over 400,000 bulbs donated since 2014, people like you have helped thousands of families upgrade their homes and bring down their bills. A small purchase can make a big difference to your neighbors in need.
Click here to learn ways you can get involved!
Make Someone’s Month
Life is unpredictable. That’s why it’s crucial to support programs that keep people cozy even when emergencies strike.
PSO is a proud partner of the Salvation Army’s Light A Life Fund, a year-round program that helps Oklahoma families in need pay for the energy to heat and cool their homes. The program is funded by small donations from caring customers like you.
Looking to help? When you get your next statement in the mail, just check the “donate” box. Your contribution will go towards a free month of heating and cooling for a family who cannot pay their bill due to a financial emergency.
From our family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday season!
Want to make this winter the most wonderful time of the year? We’ll help turn your home into a wonderland of energy efficiency.
With PSO’s My Energy Advisor, you have everything you need to know about your home’s energy consumption all in one place. With countless tools and tips, it’ll help you deck the halls with holiday savings. Flashing red nose not included.
How Do I Get Started?
Just sign up at PSOklahoma.com! Once there, you can answer questions to get a customized view of your home’s energy consumption. That creates a detailed energy profile to help you save on energy.
How Does It Work?
Once your account is set up, you’ll be whisked to a land of eye-opening information.
With tons of easy-to-read visuals, My Energy Advisor gives you the info you need to make smart decisions about your home. You can compare your home’s energy usage with other homes like yours, so you know how you stack up. You can even track usage trends based on the weather. That way, you can change your energy habits for the better, even when the weather outside is frightful.
You’ll receive personalized recommendations through the site, spanning from tips to equipment upgrades. When you select an upgrade, you’ll see what you could save in energy costs every month along with any available rebates from PSO.
You can even build an Energy Savings Plan to maximize efficiency. My Energy Advisor lets you compare your current home with potential upgrades to see where — and how much — you could save. Every step of the way, My Energy Advisor helps you save money, so you can stay jolly all winter long.
Want to know more? Click or call 1-888-216-3523 today to learn more about My Energy Advisor!