Summer will be here before we know it. With the Oklahoma heat and the need for A/C, 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 impacts 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, 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. Here are some additional ways to reduce your energy use:
Use energy efficient light bulbs like CFLs or LEDs.
Seal your windows and doors.
Raise the temperature on your A/C during peak hours and when away from home.
Wash clothes only when you have a full load and on cold water.
Wash dishes only when you have a full load and if possible turn off heat dry and let them air dry.
Use power strips for electronics and turn them off when not in use.
Close your blinds during the hot part of the day to keep the sun from heating up the house.
Turn off lights when you leave a room.
These are just a few simple ways to reduce your energy use and save you money. Joining SmartHours is just another way to help you save.