Washita Valley Community Action Council
Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma/Canadian Counties, Inc.
319 S.W. 25th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Phone: 405-232-0199 ext. 1409
Above is the contact information for the Community Action that will be handling Grady and Caddo County for Weatherization services.
WHAT IS THE WEATHERIZATION PROGRAM
This is a program funded and guided by the U. S. Department of Energy to assist saving energy usage by low-income families. It is a FREE service to qualifying families.
The Weatherization department, after qualifying the family, will inspect the home on-site for Health & Safety hazards, draftiness of the dwelling, insulation present in dwelling and the efficiency of certain appliances in the household. Information gathered is entered into a computer program to determine what procedures will best pay for themselves in energy savings. Next, the weatherization crew will come to the dwelling and perform the work to achieve the most energy savings procedures. It should be remembered that the program is designed to make your dwelling safe, comfortable and use less energy. It is not designed to remodel or renovate the house.
TIPS ON ENERGY SAVINGS
DRAPES- Where windows face the sun, keep drapes open during the day and close them at night.
PROGRAMABLE THERMOSTATE- Use one to automatically control the heat at night and when you are not at home.
FURNACE- Check the filter each month, and change it if it is dirty. Clean the area around your furnace. Unblock all heating registers, air supplies, and return vents. Turn the thermostat back by 5 degrees and save as much as $25 a month.
AIR CONDITIONERS- Clean or exchange filters once a month.
THERMOSTAT- Set it at 78 degrees, you will save 3-7 percent on your air conditioning bill for each degree that you raise the thermostat.
SHADES- Close them during the day, especially on the East and West sides of your house.
WINDOWS- Close them during the hottest hours of the day. At night, open windows opposite one another for cross ventilation. This will save on energy costs.
CEILING FANS- Use them to reduce cooling costs. A ceiling fan with the air conditioner on low will provide the same comfort as an air conditioner set on high for a lot less money.
LIGHTING- Replace the five most-used light bulbs in your house with compact fluorescent bulbs (CLFs). They last up to ten times longer than regular bulbs, use much less energy, and give off less heat and can save you around $25-$30 per bulb in energy costs over their lifetime.
LIMIT OVEN USE- Crock pots, toaster ovens and small microwaves keep the house cooler.
PANS- Use the smallest pans possible. It takes less energy to heat them.
TIGHT FITTING LIDS- Keeps steam in your pans and reduces cooking time.
OPENING OVEN DOOR- You lose heat every time you open the door. Arrange shelves before you turn on the oven and don’t peek during baking. Use your oven light.
GLASS OR CERAMIC PANS- Use them in the oven, they heat faster than metal pans.
Temperature- Keeping refrigerators too cold costs money. A proper temperature is 37-40 degrees for fresh foods and between
0 and 5 degrees in your freezer.
REFRIGERATOR DOORS - Close doors quickly, the interior temperature of the refrigerator can increase by 10 degrees each time you open the door.
COVER AND WRAP FOOD- Uncovered foods and liquids release moisture and drive up electrical costs.
DEFROSTING- Do it regularly. Frost makes refrigerators and freezers less efficient.
WASHING AND DRYING CLOTHES
Cut Water and energy costs by washing and drying ONLY full loads.
Wash in warm or cold water instead of hot. Clothes get just as clean and you cut your energy load in half.
Switch to cold water during the rinse cycle.
Dry several loads of laundry in a row, using the heat already there saves money.
Dry clothes outside in good weather, sunlight is FREE.
Wash only full loads; it costs exactly the same to wash one dish as a whole load.
Air-dry dishes. If the dishwasher does not have an air-dry feature, open the door and dishes will dry faster.
Hand-rinse dishes in cold water for later washing. The rinse-hold cycle uses up to 7 gallons of hot water.
Fill the dishwasher with detergent right before running to eliminate leaking or caking of the detergent.