It's My Energy, I'll Save if I Want to

We're finally recovering from another Oklahoma summer that soared into triple digits. Several days of breaking record temperatures near 110 degrees and a lack of rain forced Governor Mary Fallin to order a statewide burn ban that remains in effect. At one point, the state's larger cities mandated water rationing and even utilities were asking customers to conserve electricity.

OG&E said power demand neared a record during the first week of August. Summer usage typically spikes on hot days in the afternoon from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The high demand lead OG&E to ask customers to conserve energy where they can, by shutting off lights when they aren’t in use, turning up thermostats a couple of degrees and shutting off appliances that aren’t being used.

Unfortunately, a new survey out shows many Americans don’t believed those steps actually help save any energy. The poll, conducted by the Center for Public Affairs Research, shows 8 in 10 say they easily can turn off the lights when they leave a room, and 6 in 10 have no problem turning up the thermostat in summer. However, fewer than half think those easy steps save large amounts of energy. Nearly two-thirds believe individuals alone can’t make much of a difference and, instead, look to large institutions for leadership in saving energy.

For other easy ways to save energy around your house during the summer, visit the Conservation page at