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Tulsa, Okla. – Feb. 13, 2021 – As frigid weather settles over Oklahoma for an extended period, Oklahoma Natural Gas encourages customers to practice simple energy-saving tips and conservation efforts to manage their winter heating bills.

“Due to the extended duration of historically low temperatures, we are seeing much higher natural gas use and natural gas prices have gone up,” said Kent Shortridge, managing vice president of operations for Oklahoma Natural Gas. “While we do not markup the price of natural gas, these events will have an impact on customer bills. At this time, we can’t quantify what the impact will be.”

Energy-saving Measures to Reduce Natural Gas Usage

To help better manage your energy consumption over the extended winter period and help reduce your energy bills, Oklahoma Natural Gas encourages these effective, conservation measures:

  • Keep warm, not hot
    When possible wear additional layers of clothing, consider turning down your thermostat and check your programmable settings.
  • Seal leaks around doors and windows
    Apply weatherstripping or caulk to seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors to stop air leaks and prevent energy loss. If that is not an option, you can also cover windows with towels, sheets or plastic to help keep the warm air in your house.
  • Reduce the temperature on your water heater
    Set the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or put it on the “warm” setting. If your home will be vacant for two days or more, set the dial to the pilot position for even more savings.
  • Close blinds and curtains
    This helps keep warm air inside, especially if the sun is not shining.
  • Change or clean filters
    A clean filter on your furnace can lower your energy consumption by 5% to 15%. Dirty filters cost more to use and overwork the equipment.
  • Hold off on doing chores
    Doing laundry and washing dishes can both use natural gas to heat the water and your dryer. If you can, wait until the extreme cold weather passes to complete these activities. If you cannot wait, use the cold setting where possible.
  • Install foam gaskets on electrical switches and outlets
    Electrical switches and outlets can account for up to 10% of your home’s energy loss.

Additionally, remember these safety tips:

  • Never use your stove or oven for home heating.
  • Make sure nothing obstructs a furnace’s air intake and that vents and flues are intact and unblocked to avoid the potential of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • When removing ice and snow in the vicinity of meters, vents or flues, do so carefully so as not to cause damage.
  • Leave cabinet doors open, especially those on exterior walls, to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
  • If you smell a natural gas odor, leave the area immediately then call 911 and 800-458-4251.

Customers are encouraged to visit OklahomaNaturalGas.com/SevereCold for any company severe weather updates.


Digital toolkit

Kent Shortridge, managing vice president of Operations for Oklahoma Natural Gas, answers common customer usage questions:

https://vimeo.com/onegascomms/download/512084053/7dedd9394a

  • :03 - :13 Why are you asking customers to conserve? 
  • :17 - :36 How much natural gas will customers use during this cold snap?
  • :40 - 1:10 How will this impact customer bills?
  • 1:13 - 1:31 What steps should customers take to conserve energy?
  • 1:36 - 2:03 Are you expecting a shortage in gas supply?
  • 2:07 - 2:18 What is being done to ensure service to critical facilities?
  • 2:22 - 2:38 What is the impact on large commercial and industrial customers?
  • 2:42 - 3:04 How well is your pipeline system operating?
  • 3:08 - 3:35 Have you experienced any system failures or outages?

Tulsa, Oklahoma – January 13 – The upcoming March 2 franchise election is an opportunity for Yukon residents to approve a franchise agreement between the City of Yukon and Oklahoma Natural Gas.

“This franchise will outline how Oklahoma Natural Gas and the City of Yukon work together,” says Martie Oyler, Oklahoma Natural Gas Community Relations Manager. “Residents will continue to benefit from safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service as they have for so many decades.”

What is a Franchise Agreement?
A franchise agreement lays out detailed rights and responsibilities between the City and Oklahoma Natural Gas for the next 25 years. The franchise allows Oklahoma Natural Gas to work within the city rights-of-way to place, maintain and operate a natural gas system.

How Does Yukon Benefit?
Approval of this franchise would replace the gross receipts ordinance in place today. The revenue collected by Oklahoma Natural Gas on behalf of the city helps the city with future growth and improvements.

How Will It Impact Customers?
If approved, the only change Oklahoma Natural Gas residential customers will see is the line item description on their bill. The 2% currently collected and paid to the City of Yukon will remain the same.


Voter Information

For additional election-related information, visit: www.elections.ok.gov.

Early voting
Canadian County Election Board office
February 25 and 26
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Election Day
Tuesday, March 2
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lines are possible at peak voting times. Wait times will likely be shortest at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Anyone in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.

Online Voter Tool
Polling locations, voter registration verification and sample ballots can be accessed on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at www.elections.ok.gov. Sample ballots are also available at the Canadian County Election Board office. Those who vote by mail can also check ballot status using the Online Voter Tool.


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Tulsa, Oklahoma – January 21 – The upcoming March 2 franchise election is an opportunity for Moore residents to approve a franchise agreement between the City of Moore and Oklahoma Natural Gas.

“This franchise will outline how Oklahoma Natural Gas and the City of Moore work together,” says Martie Oyler, Oklahoma Natural Gas Community Relations Manager. “Residents will continue to benefit from safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service as they have for so many decades.”

What is a Franchise Agreement?
A franchise agreement lays out detailed rights and responsibilities between the City and Oklahoma Natural Gas for the next 25 years. The franchise allows Oklahoma Natural Gas to work within the city’s public ways to place, maintain and operate a natural gas system.

How Does Moore Benefit?
Approval of this franchise would replace the gross receipts ordinance in place today. The revenue collected by Oklahoma Natural Gas on behalf of the City helps the City with future growth and improvements.

How Will It Impact Customers?
If approved, Oklahoma Natural Gas customers will see a 3% franchise fee as the line item description on their bill. This will replace the 2% gross receipts ordinance fee that is currently collected on behalf of, and paid to, the City of Moore.


Voter Information

For additional election-related information, visit: www.elections.ok.gov.

Early voting
Cleveland County Election Board office
February 25 and 26
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Election Day
Tuesday, March 2
Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lines are possible at peak voting times. Wait times will likely be shortest at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Anyone in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.

Online Voter Tool
Polling locations, voter registration verification and sample ballots can be accessed on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website at www.elections.ok.gov. Sample ballots are also available at the Canadian County Election Board office. Those who vote by mail can also check ballot status using the Online Voter Tool.


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To report a natural gas odor or emergency, leave the area immediately and then call 911 and 800-458-4251.