Oklahomans can save money on electricity this summer with OG&E SmartHours. It’s an easy way to save money and work to reduce your energy use.
Summer will be here before we know it. With the Oklahoma heat and the need for air conditioning, energy bills can go through the roof. But it isn’t only the scorching Oklahoma heat that can affect the prices; other weather conditions, time of year, and consumer demand also impact prices. Energy also costs more to generate and use during periods of high consumer demand.
However, OG&E has one solution that can help you save money and find more ways to conserve. Through OG&E’s SmartHours program, also known as Variable Peak Pricing (VPP), you can save money by using power when energy costs are lower.
During the summer (June 1- Sept. 30), peak hours for high energy use are between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays. The prices during those hours vary based on demand. Each day, the OG&E SmartHours program provides advance notice of the next day’s pricing. This allows you to plan when to use energy to save money.
Another great benefit to using SmartHours is a personal account for myOGEpower.com. Your account shows how much energy you are using and projects next months bill. Your energy use is broken down by the hour. This allows you to figure out what is using the most energy in your home, which will help you further reduce energy costs
You can also see how much energy you are using compared to a similar sized home in your area. You may find that you can do a lot more than what you are already doing to conserve energy.
You can also get a SmartTemp programmable thermostat when you sign up for SmartHours. It can help you better control your energy use during the summer.
To truly see the benefits of SmartHours you need to be working to reduce your energy use during peak hours especially. Read How to Reduce Your Electricity Bill This Summer to get tips to help you make the most of the possible savings.
Want to learn more about OG&E SmartHours? Head over to the OG&E website and see if the program is right for you.