Weatherization of your home can you help you save on your energy bills winter and summer. Wrap your hot water heater with an insulated blanket made for that purpose to help keep the warm water warm. Extra insulation in the attic prevents the heat from rising up and out. You can also insulate your walls on the outside of your home before siding, or install blown-in foam insulation that requires a small hole in existing siding that is covered and then painted so the hole won’t show afterwards. Caulking around doors and windows keeps the heat in and the cold north wind out.
A simple and inexpensive idea on a cold but sunny winter day is to open the blinds and drapes and let the sunshine in! Passive solar energy is free and helps lift your mood as well as keeping a little money in your pocketbook. Keep them closed on cloudy days to help keep the cold from coming through the glass. New energy efficient windows are also great to keep the cold and heat out depending on the time of year.
Check out OG&E’s Weatherization Program at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9nRgJ_xrn8
If you need help with weatherization, OG&E has a Weatherization Assistance Program to aid eligible customers. Go to http://oge.com/residential-customers/save-energy-and-money/EnergyEfficiency/Pages/Weatherization.aspxto see if you qualify.
OG&E can help you find out where your energy is leaking. Call for an energy audit and follow the suggestions to make your home more energy efficient. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index
OG&E has many new ideas to reduce your energy consumption like SmartHours, myOGpower and their Home Energy Efficiency Program (HEEP). Just go to http://oge.com/environment/EnergyEfficiency/Pages/EnergyEfficiency.aspx and check out the new ideas for consuming less energy and saving money. And be sure to follow them on Twitter @OGandE or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OGEpower.
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Thanks for the great tips, Peggy!
Peggy, your hammock picture is making my toes cold! And making me already long for spring.
Maybe I need some socks, Dee Dee.