PSO Recognized for Leadership
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (), a subsidiary of American Electric Power, is announces that it has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency () with a 2009 Energy Star Leadership In Housing Award. This award recognizes PSO’s efforts to promote energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by sponsoring an Energy Star for New Homes program in its service area. received the award at a June 25 Energy Star workshop, which was held at the headquarters building in downtown Tulsa.
To earn the Energy Star, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by . These homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient than homes built to local code, and include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30 percent more efficient than standard homes.
“PSO is committed to helping our customers save energy,” says Kathy Champion, manager of consumer programs. “Through our partnership with Energy Star and participating builders, our customers can be confident that the Energy Star certified homes they buy will not only save energy, but also help them manage their energy costs, and help protect our environment.”
Energy Star qualified homes offer homebuyers all the features they want in a new home, plus energy-saving features like effective insulation systems, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts, properly-sized and installed efficient heating and cooling equipment, efficient products and third-party verification.
“EPA is privileged to work with a diverse group of utilities, state programs, and home builder associations who effectively support Energy Star Qualified Homes,” says Sam Rashkin, National Director of Energy Star for Homes. “Thanks to the leadership of these sponsors, home buyers across the country have greater access to Energy Star Qualified Homes that cost less to own while improving comfort, indoor air quality, durability, and our environment.”