Watt Detector is a hit at Omaha library

By admin On May 25th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

The following is courtesy of Public Power Daily…Residents of Omaha, Neb., are checking out ways to save electricity and money by checking out Watt Detector kits at the Omaha Public Library, thanks to the Omaha Public Power District.

In the program’s first two months, Watt Detector kits have been checked out 183 times, the utility said. The kit contains a meter that measures how much electricity appliances use even when they are turned off. OPPD supplied the kits as part of its program to educate customers on using energy more efficiently.

“We appreciate this partnership with the Omaha Public Library,” said OPPD President and CEO W. Gary Gates. “This kit is a great tool to help our customers understand where they use the most energy. Armed with that knowledge, they can then manage their energy usage better. And now that we’ve worked out the details of the program, we can make it available to other libraries in our service territory.”

“It made sense for Omaha Public Library to partner with OPPD on this project,” Omaha Public Library Executive Director Gary Wasdin said. “The library is a convenient place to borrow the Watt Detector and we hope families will save money with what they learn.”


May 24th Energy Workshop

By admin On May 20th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

On Tuesday, May 24, learn to manage your energy wisely. Garry Ruliffson, OPPD’s Energy Solutions Specialist, will conduct a workshop at the Omaha Public Library’s Florence branch from 6-7 p.m. The branch is located at 2920 Bondesson Street in Omaha.

This workshop will explore energy issues, how to manage energy wisely and how a home works as a system. The goal is to change habits. Attendees will be able to go home and take a closer look at their homes from an energy point of view.

Energy Tips Overview
1. Energy
2. Air Leakage in the Home (Energy Waster)
3. Indoor Air Quality
4. Thermal Enclosure – Insulating the Home
5. Heating, Cooling & Ductwork
6. Lighting, Refrigerators & Appliance (Watt Detector)
7. Top Five Energy Tips

For more information, please contact Cynthia Vana at the Florence library, 402-444-5299.


Power Drive Championship Results

By admin On May 13th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

OPPD’s Power Drive Championship race took place Saturday, May 7 at Werner Park.

Through the program, high school students design and build one-person electric vehicles, then compete with each other at a series of rallies in the spring.

Wayne High School (car # 39) won for overall performance in all events in the standard class, while Columbus-Lakeview (# 18) took top honors in the advanced class.

Overall performance in the standard and advanced classes is based on design and engineering, braking, maneuverability, endurance and written documentation.

Power Drive Coordinator Steve Anderson thanks all the volunteers for their invaluable help in making this another successful Power Drive season.

Standard Class Overall Results

1st: Wayne (# 39)

2nd: Columbus-Lakeview (# 104)

3rd: Syracuse (# 25)

Advanced Class Overall Results

1st: Columbus-Lakeview (# 18)

2nd: Wayne (# 107)

3rd: Cedar Rapids-Kennedy (# 40)

Exhibition Class Endurance Rally

1st: Bancroft-Rosalie (# 31)

2nd: Raymond Central (# 118)

3rd: Elkhorn (# 1)

All-Class Awards

Best Pit Crew: Syracuse (# 25)

Best Performance by First-Year Team: Adams Central

Get Cool Cash for Your Old Fridge

By admin On May 5th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

It’s back! For the second year, OPPD will haul away your old fridge for recycling and pay you $35. Fridges and freezers must be operable and between 10 to 32 cubic feet. There is a limit of two per customer and this is a limited time offer, so act today!  Just call 1-866-444-9160 today!

Consider this.

• Old refrigerators use up to four times more electricity than new ones.

• Retiring your old, inefficient 2nd refrigerator or freezer could save you $150 a year.

• We recycle 95% of the refrigerator materials. Even the foam is safely incinerated to generate electricity. The overall environmental benefit is equal to taking two cars off the road for one year.

This promotion is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Environmental

Quality, Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grants Program.

So let us haul that old, inefficient fridge for free AND pay you $35. 

Call 1-866-444-9160 today!