Energy Efficient Claremore
What is Energy Efficient Claremore?
Experts are warning that the cost of energy for U.S. households will increase this winter.
Energy Efficient Claremore was created as a resource to provide residents with tips and conservation methods to aid in conserving energy and lowering costs this winter.
Over the past six months, the City has implemented two utility assistance programs to assist residents. The Claremore COVID CARES ACT provided $223,000 in funding to 704 residential utility customers to ensure citizens suffering financial hardships did not go without water, electricity or sewer and had access to the essential services needed for proper health and hygiene. Upon the program’s conclusion on December 31, 2021, City leadership opted to utilize the remaining funds of $91,537.52 to aid the community and approved the ONG partnership and Natural Gas Relief Program.
In October 2021, the Claremore City Council approved an allocation of $3.9 million over 10 years in funding to address its wholsale power cost increases from Grand River Dam Authority resulting from the February 2021 winter storm and historic cold temperatures. As a result, City of Claremore residential and business customers will not see an increase on their electric bills from last year’s weather event. ONG costs related to last year's weather event are not part of this agreement because City of Claremore residents contract directly with the service provider.
Why are prices estimated to increase?
A recent report released by the Energy Information Administration predicted that home heating costs will rise because of supply chain issues, higher fuel prices and increased demand.
Energy Expert Highlight
The City of Claremore is proud to partner with industry experts across various sectors to offer residents tips, tricks and best practices.
Residential Propane Tips: Provided by our friends at Froman Propane
Authored by: Froman Propane
As winter approaches, it’s a good idea to start preparing your home. The good news is that the process is rather simple and straight-forward. All it takes is a few steps to ensure that you’re safe and comfortable throughout the entire season.
First, you need to have your tank refilled around 20-30%. Never wait until the temperatures become too extreme and run out of gas. An early refill will ensure that there is enough to last you through a cold snap. So make sure that you order in advance of impending winter weather. Some companies, including Froman Propane Co, offer the option of automatic refills with a satellite reader, where we monitor your tank daily from our office and come by and fill your tank when needed.
Next, check all of your appliances and make sure that they’re running efficiently. Enlist the help of a qualified propane plumber or heat and air professional to inspect your appliances. The efficiency of your appliances will have a huge impact on how much fuel you conserve, the amount of money you save, and how many repairs you may need.
Be smart with your programmable thermostat. Get a programmable thermostat that can help save energy. You can program the heat to be lower when you are away or sleeping, then right before you get home you can program it to warm the house.
Finally, install a gas and carbon monoxide detector within your home. With colds and sinus congestion coming around, it can reduce your sense of smell. Detector(s) are a great back-up warning device. If anyone using or handling propane is unable to recognize the odor of propane, you should not use it until you have purchased or installed a gas detector.
Conserve Electricity - Tips from Claremore Electric
1. Put weather stripping around doors and windows, you can put plastic over the entire window if necessary.
2. Make sure you do not have your vents blocked or covered.
3. Turn your thermostat down. Just a few degrees will help, you can also get a programmable thermostat to adjust temperature when you are not home.
4. Water heaters set on the highest setting require more energy than if you turn it down to where the water is still hot but not scalding. You can also insulate you water pipes under the house.
5. As always unplug any unused electronics and switch to LED light bulbs will help conserve energy.
6. Most heat is lost into the attic so having proper insulation will be the biggest help in saving energy.
Below are a few easy measures to help practice simple energy conservation and reduce heating bills over the winter months:
- Keep warm, not hot. When possible, wear additional layers of clothing, consider turning down your thermostat and check your programmable settings.
- Seal leaks around doors and windows. Apply weatherstripping or caulk to seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to stop air leaks and prevent energy loss.
- Reduce the temperature on your water heater. Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or put it on the "warm" setting. If your home will be vacant for two days or more, set the dial to the pilot position.
- Close blinds and curtains. This helps keep warm air inside, especially if the sun is not shining.
- Change or clean filters. A clean filter on your furnace can lower your energy consumption by 5 percent to 15 percent. Dirty filters cost more to use and overwork the equipment.
- Install foam gaskets on electrical switches and outlets. Electrical switches and outlets can account for up to 10% of your home's energy loss.
- Close doors and vents in unused rooms.
- Keep the air circulating - Most ceiling fans have a reverse switch that will enable them to turn clockwise, producing an updraft and moving the warm air that collects near your ceiling down into the rest of the room.
- Lower the temperature in your home and turn the thermostat down when you go to sleep.
- Choose LED lights for your home and decorations. - LEDs are very low in wattage, requiring as little as 10 percent of the energy used by incandescent bulbs, saving 90 percent more energy in your home or business.
What do I do if I need financial assistance?
Claremore COVID-19 Pandemic Oklahoma Natural Gas Relief Program
The City will launch its COVID-19 Pandemic Oklahoma Natural Gas Relief Program on February 1 to help Claremore utility customers struggling to pay their outstanding ONG account balances.
More than $91,000 will be distributed on a first -come, first-served basis and remain open until reserves are exhausted. Applications will be reviewed by the City on a weekly basis and payment vouchers will be applied directly to qualifying ONG accounts. Claremore citizens residing within city limits who meet the low-to-moderate income guidelines established by HUD and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce are eligible to apply. The application, instructions and additional information are available here.
This easy-access resource (simply dial 2-1-1) helps provide utility assistance along with information and referrals for many other community services. 211is offered 24/7 and is a free service available to all Oklahomans across 77 counties. Through a direct phone call, live chat, text message or online search, certified resource specialists in Oklahoma City and Tulsa connect people across the state who need help to the social services in their area that can help. Learn more about the 211 program here.
Share The Warmth is a program, sponsored by ONG, that helps families that are in an immediate financial emergency and need assistance paying their natural gas bills. Learn more on how to apply for aid, or how you can contribute to help another family in need.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a Federally funded program that provides financial assistance to approximately 182,000 Oklahoma low-income households each year to help them meet the costs of home energy. Click here to learn more.