By K.J. WEBB
BILL BUSTERS: Scott Burnett of Burnett Inc., left, visits with Bridget and Paul Fetterhoff of Broken Arrow, who were the winners of this year’s PSO Bill Buster Home Energy Makeover Contest. The Fetterhoffs will save thousands of dollars from the energy efficiencies installed in their home.
KELSY LORIN TAYLOR for GTR Newspapers
It’s time to get serious about cutting corners and saving money as economic problems continue to plague the nation. Fortunately, there are ways to alleviate some of the cost burdens on consumers.
A great example of a cost cutting initiative is Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s recent Bill Buster Home Energy Makeover Contest, which included participation and contributions from Burnett Windows and Siding.
Initiated in January 2011, the campaign accepted homeowner entries until March 15. selected a Grand Prize winner based on entrants’homes’energy electric demand per square foot and the demonstrated opportunities presented for energy efficient improvements.
Five finalists received free Home Performance with ENERGY assessments and were required to submit a three-minute video showing why they should win the grand prize. It turns out that Bridget Fetterhoff of Broken Arrow provided the most convincing and compelling reasons. She and her husband Paul were announced the Grand Prize winner on April 22, and their home energy makeover was completed the first week in June.
When asked about the experience, Fetterhoff says, “It is amazing! I feel truly blessed. The Burnett windows are absolutely beautiful. I keep my blinds up all of the time now. The house is full of natural light and it’s just beautiful. Our house has been transformed.”
Fetterhoff says that since the home energy makeover, for the first time in 25 years, the air conditioner will actually go off during the day because the house stays cool.
The Fetterhoffs aren’t the only beneficiaries of their new energy efficient home. They have five Boxers from Tulsa Boxer Rescue and a Great Dane, who, according to Fetterhoff, are really enjoying the cool air and the view to the outside through the beautiful windows. “I’m very involved with Boxer Rescue and to be able to provide our dogs a more comfortable environment is just wonderful,” she says.
In addition to the makeover on her house, Fetterhoff and her husband enjoyed being PSO’s guests en-suite at a Tulsa Driller’s game, receiving their award at home plate, and, as described by Fetterhoff, “being treated like royalty,” calling it one of the most memorable experiences of her life.
The Fetterhoff’s home energy makeover included Burnett Clear View energy efficient windows with double panes, a new air conditioning unit, a new heater, 12 inch insulation in the attic, a radiant heat barrier, and repair of all of the duct work. According to Fetterhoff, the makeover has made a tremendous difference and the projected annual energy savings are over $900.
Fetterhoff enthusiastically recommends that homeowners get a Home Performance energy audit through ENERGY on their homes, saying that many would be surprised at how energy inefficient their homes are. “The cost of a home energy audit will be recovered many times over through the long term energy cost savings,” she says.
The good news for homeowners is that Burnett Windows & Siding offers a free in-home energy audit performed by Pro Energy Consultants. Moreover, customers who get energy audits are eligible for rebates.
Homeowners interested in a home energy audit can obtain information from or Burnett Windows & Siding. The video about the Fetterhoff’s home energy makeover can be viewed on PSO’s website.
Websites of interest: www.psoklahoma.com, www.burnettinc.com, www.TulsaBoxerRescue.net.