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.
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.
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 CARES Act Utility Assistance Program
The City of Claremore offers a program to citizens who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the low-to-moderate income guidelines as established by HUD can apply for funding. Utility customers can apply for funding and learn more about the Claremore COVID CARES Act Utility Assistance Program 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.