Weatherization Improvement Program Continues to Push Back Need for Power Plant

Free Weatherization Program Saving Energy

Times Record, July 5, 2014

An electric power and gas company cooperative program that provides free weatherization improvements to homes in the region cuts utility bills by an average of 30 percent and continues to push back the need for a new power plant.

OG&E and AOG’s partnership has weatherized thousands of homes since 2009 — 1,800 homes last year alone with the same amount expected this year. The utility companies hire contractors to add insulation to attics, patch air flow and gas appliance leaks, add weather stripping to doors, replace incandescent lightbulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent lights, and even replace broken window panes.

Rental homes are not excluded. Homes have to built before 1997 to qualify. Homes with nob-and-tube wiring can qualify for all of the efficiency upgrades except for the cellulose attic insulation. Any OG&E or AOG customer can receive the efficiency improvements that are free in Arkansas but are income-based in Oklahoma.

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