The Oklahoma summer heat is no stranger to Southwest Oklahoma residents and to Altus Power customers.
The utility company offers several programs and rebates that customers can take advantage of and may qualify for to help save money on utility bills.
Altus is a member city of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority or OMPA and offers free residential energy audits to residential electric customers. The audit is a process in which the energy efficiency of a home is measured and evaluated by an energy auditor through a two-hour process. The auditor will measure the home, doors, and windows and gather information to input into energy audit software. There is also a check of ceiling installation, the conditions of windows and water heater temperature.
A blower door test helps find air leaks and an R-value test evaluates the ceiling insulation. All of the information in the audit helps to determine the steps the owner needs take to improve the efficiency of a home. The free audit would normally cost about $350 plus travel expenses. A final report of the audit will be mailed to within two weeks of the auditor’s visit.
“Rebates are available for the installation of qualifying high-efficiency electric heat pumps and air conditioners for both residential and commercial or industrial customers in Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority participating member cities,” said Janice Berryhill, Altus Power utility manager. “In Oklahoma, researching the ways to save money on your utilities is worth it. Altus Power customers will receive in-depth audit information with their next utility bill.”
In the Ways I Save Electricity or WISE Rebate Program, rebates are available for geothermal heat pumps, air-source or dual-fuel heat pumps and air conditioners. In order to receive a WISE rebate, all equipment must meet efficiency rating qualifications and other criteria.
Businesses can save by using more energy efficient equipment or by upgrading equipment. Commercial and industrial customers may qualify for this type of rebate program through Altus Power’s Demand and Energy Efficiency Program or DEEP. Ceiling insulation rebates can be done through the residential energy audit and possibly save 10-50 percent on a utility bill.
In December of 2015, the City of Altus and its power supplier the OMPA, presented a check for $54,543 to Bar-S Foods Company for recent energy efficiency improvements at the business. The rebates were presented as part of the DEEP, administered by OMPA. This is the second-largest rebate check awarded in the six-year history of the program.
For further savings, citizens are encouraged to limit the use of electric appliances during the hot summer days by setting thermostats at 78 degrees or higher during the peak hours of 4-8 p.m.
For more information visit www.ompa.comrebates or call 580-481-2216.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.