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一个星期前,上周五,7月20日,在俄克拉何马城的温度为106华氏度。

106 degrees in OKC the day we left

而夏季气温这样势必导致更高的水电费,这要归功于我们的“智能恒温”(这是我们作为参与者在收到 OG&E’s “Smart Hours” program 今年春季)我们的家庭是能够在“高峰时段”时,公用事业价格最高更好地管理我们的用电量。因此,我们省钱。

Our smart thermostat from OG&E

我们几个月前的节目签约后,我们安排了一天的时 OG&E 员工可以来安装我们的“智能恒温”和“智能电表” outside. I learned about 智能电表s about a year ago when we moved from Edmond into Oklahoma City. The meters connect to each other through a mesh wireless network, and pass along current electricity consumption data to the OG&E central office. The Smart Thermostat lets us precisely define how and when we want our home temperature settings to vary depending 上 the price of electricity. “Peak hours” are generally 2 pm to 7 pm weekdays, so it makes sense to set thermostat settings higher at those times and also be sure NOT to use electricity-demanding 应用liances like clothes dryers and dishwashers. Since we’ve been in the program, we’ve also become more aware of our electricity use with lights and other things 和 have asked our children to help us keep unneeded devices turned off.

我们选择了我老婆的手机号码连接到我们的 OG&E account, so she receives text message alerts when electricity prices change. As you can see in the iPhone SMS screenshot below, typically (as was the case 上 July 18th) the ‘st和ard’ peak rate for OG&E electricity is around 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour.

OG&E Smart Hours Alert: 11.3 cents

上 days like July 20th, however, when summer temperatures reach their highest levels, electricity prices can skyrocket temporarily. The iPh上e screenshot below shows the OG&E rate warning my wife received earlier that day, notifying us a “critical price event” would be taking place and rates would climb between 3 和 6 pm to 46 cents/kWh.

OG&E Smart Hours Alert: 46 cents

我觉得 OG&E 智能小时的节目 是太棒了。虽然这是一个令人失望我们的夏季气温在俄克拉何马有时会如此之高,这是伟大的我们的电力公司使用的是最先进的技术来帮助我们监督我们自己的电力消费的“脉搏”,在我们的家,并作出调整,所以我们可以通过旋转省钱断电器(以及调高恒温器)在“高峰”。这是在“临界价格事件”特别有帮助像我们对7月20日。

If you are an OG&E customer, I str上gly encourage you to sign up for the 智能小时的节目。参与是免费的,它不会花费你任何东西作为一个客户。如果你能收到手机短信,其短信提醒程序是真棒。我知道我们的夏天的电费已经越来越成为我们参与该计划,我们家的所有五名成员,我们如何能够帮助通过关闭不需要的电器已显著提高省钱意识的结果。

If you’re not an OG&E customer, I encourage you to find out if your utility company offers “smart meters” and “smart thermostats” to monitor and manage your home electricity consumption. Hopefully we’ll see more utility companies around the nati上 和 world follow the lead of OG&E by implementing these kinds of cutting edge, electricity consumption monitoring programs. You can follow OG&E 上 Twitter for uPDates: @og和e.

* Full disclosure: I am participating in a special OG&E Smart Hours Program social 媒体 campaign, and am voluntarily 分享 this post about our family’s experiences with Smart Hours. I received a $25 gift card toward my OG&E bill as an incentive to participate, 和 may receive reductions in our family’s summer electricity bills based on my participation in this program. I’ve added this informati上 to 我的博客全面披露政策.

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