After an incredibly hot start to summer, Southwest Oklahoma is expecting a little reprieve going into next week, if the meteorologists are correct in their forecast. Goodbye 105°, hello 88°.

This front couldn't come at a better time. It wasn't until the second week of August that we hit 100° in 2021... As of June 24, 2022 we've already had 8 officially over that century mark plus 18 days so far this and last month pushing on that triple-digit threshold. As cold as winter was, summer has been equally as extreme so far and it's only just begun.

Naturally, most of the locals just accept that it's hot during summer down here, but our area of Southwest Oklahoma only averages about twenty days a year over 100°. Two days into the season we're nearly halfway there. It's stacking up to be a summer like we had in 2013 when we remained above that temperature for 100+ days. It didn't help that we were deep in a massive drought at that time too.

Like all things, the high and oppressive heat isn't without some benefits... My grass usually goes into summer dormancy by the time things heat up around July 4th, meaning I won't have to mow again until around Labor Day, but with this searing heat, my weed-free bermuda hasn't grown since mowing it a week ago. I don't mind the heat when I don't have to be out in it.

The yin on that yang is a higher electricity bill. Not only are rates for fuel skyrocketing to generate electricity, but we're also using more of it to keep our homes cool... but there are things you can do for that too that won't cost you any money.

If you weren't aware, PSO is currently passing on a grant that will pay to have your home weatherized... Sealing windows, doors, and it includes insulation for your attic. Insulating your attic is the number one energy and money-saving move you can do for your home, the difference is immediate and you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner. Being a grant program, it's free. You only need to sign up through your account with PSO. Details are here.

How To Save More $$$ During PSO's Power Hours

When you sign up for PSO's Power Hours program, you're basically making a bet with PSO that you can consume less power during the peak load times, opting instead for the much cheaper off-peak times. While it sounds easy enough to do, it's quite the challenge, especially on the hottest days of the year. If you're up for it, here's how to really cut that energy usage during peak hours.


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