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Oklahoma Gas and Electric Silver Energy Sweep aids Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City

A Skyline Energy Solutions employee checks out a central heating and air conditioning unit at Mount Olive Senior Cottages in Oklahoma City on Monday. The company and volunteers from Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. provided energy-saving upgrades to the cottages Monday and Tuesday as part of an event to honor Martin Luther King Jr. [Provided]
A Skyline Energy Solutions employee checks out a central heating and air conditioning unit at Mount Olive Senior Cottages in Oklahoma City on Monday. The company and volunteers from Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. provided energy-saving upgrades to the cottages Monday and Tuesday as part of an event to honor Martin Luther King Jr. [Provided]

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. employee volunteers joined a contractor this week to conduct the utility’s first Silver Energy Sweep program of 2020 in northeast Oklahoma City.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group of about a dozen volunteers teamed up with Skyline Energy Solutions employees to make energy evaluations and improvements on homes at the Mount Olive Senior Cottages development near NE 36 and Kelley Avenue.

Built in 2009 and owned by the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, the development consists of 15 quadplexes that provide independent living space for about 65 low- to moderate-income, elderly residents.

Valerie Thompson, the urban league’s CEO, said the nonprofit has enjoyed a long-running, special partnership with the utility.

She noted the company wanted to do something special to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and chose to help her organization, both to make the day special for its employees and for the people who live in the cottages.

“We pride ourselves of really taking care of the development, but every little bit helps,” Thompson said.

“And one of the exciting things about this is that OG&E will give us a report outlining other things we can do to keep our properties in really good condition once it is done.”

As for the residents, Thompson said they were excited to have visitors.

Chester Williams and his Yorkshire Terrier, Little Me, certainly were appreciative.

“I am so glad OG&E is out here, because we need some help on keeping the cold from coming in,” Williams said, sitting in a recliner in the living room of his cottage, holding his dog in his lap while utility volunteers and Skyline employees worked around him.

“I appreciate it very much.”

The volunteer effort, which continued into Tuesday, was the first of the year for the utility’s Silver Energy Sweep program it created in 2018.

The program offers weatherization upgrades to homeowners designed to make their homes more energy efficient.

Upgrades include caulking windows and doors, sealing air ducts, insulating attics and installing energy-saving LED light bulbs in a home’s light fixtures. Filters on the units heating and air systems also are replaced.

The work benefits both customers and the utility, as the upgrades reduce power demands on its system.

The utility offers all of its customers who meet income eligibility requirements the same types of weatherization upgrades. But the Silver Energy Sweep program focuses on helping senior adults.

Toney Cooper, manager of the utility’s weatherization program, said on Monday that Silver Energy Sweep projects are always enjoyable for the volunteers who help.

“The program helps people who, as seniors, aren’t able to physically do,” Cooper said. “They can’t caulk windows, weatherstrip doors or go up into attics and check insulation or ducts.

“A lot of these people are alone and don’t have a lot of family members around,” he said, explaining that adds to the value the service provides.

Cooper observed that King, who once said “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence,” is a hero to him.

“A main part of his dream was to continuously do things to not only better ourselves, but to better those around us,” Cooper said. “It just feels really good to be able to do this on this day.”

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<strong>Sharlett Combs, a volunteer with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., installs LED lighting at a home in the Mount Olive Senior Cottages development on Monday.</strong>

Sharlett Combs, a volunteer with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., installs LED lighting at a home in the Mount Olive Senior Cottages development on Monday.

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Jack Money

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