Energy Analysis Offered
Tuttle, World Staff Writer
know how many interior walls are in your
house? How many windows? How thick is the
insulation in your attic? How many meals do
you fix in the microwave?
those questions and you are on your way to
nailing down your energy costs. Residential
customers of Public Service Company of
Oklahoma can scrutinize their energy costs
by accessing one of the first online energy
analysis services available in the United
its parent company, Dallas based Central and
South West Corp., on Wednesday announced the
release of HomeVIEW which can be found on
CSW's Internet home page (http:/ /homel.viewtechfinancialservices.com/csw/intro.htm).
is more interactive and comprehensive than
similar programs, said Stan Whiteford, PSO
spokesman. "One of the features the HomeVIEW
supplies is 12 months of the customer's
electricity billing information as part of
the evaluation," he said. The analysis also
provides an opportunity for the consumer to
add other energy sources, such as natural
gas usage, to produce a comprehensive
picture of energy usage.
program is rate specific, using the
customer's actual electric rate to analyze
and calculate energy cost savings,"
accessing the site, customers enter their
PSO account number to keep the analysis
secure and confidential. In addition, have
your last 12 natural-gas utility bills
prepared to spend at least 30 minutes
answering questions about your home and
appliance usage. The analysis walks you
through your home -- square footage,
insulation ratings, number of windows, etc.
-- heating, cooling and lifestyle.
Participants receive a two page report
enabling them to make adjustments in their
energy usage. "This allows people to get
something tangible from us over the
Internet, that they can translate into cost
savings, if they chose," Whiteford said.
There are more than 4 million customers in
CSW's four state service area of Oklahoma,
Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, said John
Saenz, vice president of CSW Marketing in
program provides another way of serving and
interacting with our customers. It's another
step in moving toward time of-day pricing
energy management for the home and remote
metering," he said. It also takes into
account 15 weather zones representative of
the diverse weather throughout CSW's
territory. Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. is
planning to introduce interactive features
on its home page in the future, said
spokeswoman Charlene Bassett.
City based Oklahoma Gas & Electric has an
Internet site, but no capability for
customers to access their account
information, said spokesman Grant Ringel.
early days of energy conservation awareness,
PSO has offered home energy audits,
Whiteford said. "This is something our
customers can do at their own leisure at
home," he said.
from Tulsa World,September 19, 1996.