Summer is officially over, but Green Drinks is just warming up for the fall season. In October, John Abdo, Owner of Pro Energy Consultants, will parter with Public Service Company of Oklahoma to speak about greening your home or office through energy audits. This will be a great chance to learn about utilizing monetary incentives from PSO to improve the energy efficiency of your home while saving you money.
So what is a home energy audit, you ask? It is a process used to check your home for leaks, insulation, & drafts. Is the A/C unit in need of a tune up? Do you have proper ventilation? The Pro Energy Consultant performing your home energy audit will take pictures of your home with an infrared camera to locate hot spots. A blower door will be used to pull air flow through the home in search of leaks. Duct work will be checked for proper installation and sealing. These are just a few examples, but come October 13th and you'll be able to learn more about the benefit of having your own home energy audit.
At the October Green Drinks event John will talk about the updates he has been making to a home here in midtown Tulsa, showing before and after pictures taken along the way. You might be surprised at how simple and inexpensive some of the updates can be! PSO has also been working on a project with Habitat for Humanity where the energy efficiency of the home was considered in each step. In fact the home was built to Energy Star standars - Energy Star homes are 20% to 30% more energy efficient than average homes.
Why is all of this important? First of all, making small improvements can save you a lot of money on your energy bills. Secondly, by drawing less power from the grid, you reduce the load that must be supplied by the energy company. That equates to burning less coal! As our cities grow, so must the capacity - unless we all make small steps to lessen the demand. This is called Demand Side Management and it puts the responsibility into the hands of the consumer...every little bit makes a difference.
There are a number of incentives being offered by PSO to customers interested in energy efficiency improvements, including HVAC tune ups, home energy audits (up to $1500), and even a $125-$825 rebate for the replacement of your old, inefficient heating and cooling units with new energy effcient ones.
This Green Drinks will not only be an excellent learning experience that will send you home with new tools and resources, but it is being held in a lovely modern art gallery on Brookside: Exhibit. While networking you can enjoy artwork by Adam Shaw and hor d'oeuvres from The Kitchen, a new restaurant located just a few doors down. The catering will use ingredients from local producers. Parking is located on the back side of Center 1. There will be door prizes to win and you can find out how you can recieve a $50 gift card from the Pro Energy Consultants referral program!
Green Drinks with Pro Energy Consultants and PSO
October 13, 2010, 5:30-7:30pm
Held at Exhibit
3524 S Peoria