The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 27, 2013

Home Show ends today

Enid couple finds exactly what they were looking for

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Howard and Linda Deunk found exactly what they were looking for at this year’s Enid Home Show.

The Enid couple learned about OG&E Electric Services’ SmartHours Plan, which uses a specially designed electric meter and a price plan that charges less money for electricity during off-peak hours, to help electricity users use less electricity for a lower electric bill.

“The off-peak hours are a discount rate and you shift your peak use to off-peak hours,” Mike Newcomb, explained to the Deunks. “If you sign up and stay on it for a year, if you’d have done better on the other plan, we’ll refund the difference.”

Linda Deunk said the selling point was the money-back savings guarantee. The couple earlier had considered installing a thermostat that raised or lowered the temperature of the air conditioner, but had been told it really would not save them money.

Traci Layton, attending the Home Show with her family, said what she enjoyed most was seeing the playhouses to be given away by the Enid Metro Association of Realtors, to benefit Garfield County Child Advocacy Center.

“We bought some raffle tickets for that,” Layton said.

James King, at the home show with his son, Austin, 11, said their favorite thing was the game shack for kids. The home show offered a rock wall, pony rides, trampoline, moon bounce, sand bottles and face painting for kids.

More than 350 vendors packed Chisholm Trail Expo Center, bringing an array of products and information on homes and everything possible to go in them.

Kim Martin, one of the promoters of the Enid Home Builders Association Enid Home Show, said this year’s event appears headed for breaking an attendance record.

That’s despite a malfunctioning automatic fire alarm that triggered flashing lights and a repeating recorded announcement that “a fire has been reported in the building” and directed people to leave by the nearest exit at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Martin said the water pressure dropped in one of the fire alarm compressors, triggering it to issue the alarm.

“The people in Enid have really supported this show,” Martin said.

The Home Show is at Chisholm Trail Expo Center. Show hours today are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.