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Texas Summer Energy Saving Tips

As the temperatures continue to rise in the Texas area, we wanted to make our customers aware of the possible outcomes during the summer months. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has stated that it expects to see record-breaking peak usage.
 


Due to the predicted heat, it is possible for a household’s usage to rise, and if this happens on a large scale, it could potentially result in blackouts across the state. We have compiled a list of energy usage saving tips to share with all our Texas customers to help each household avoid increasing electricity usage.

  • In the summer, set your thermostat to 78 degrees (F).
  • If you have a programmable thermostat, set to a higher degree when you are not home, and then set to cool down before you arrive back at home. Be mindful of all pets’ needs as well.
  • Use ceiling or portable fans. These will help move the air and make the room feel four to six degrees cooler and will use less energy than the air conditioner.
  • Keep doors and windows shut tight. Also, avoid opening and closing them as often as possible.
  • Use power strips for electronics and home office equipment. Even when turned off, electronics will continue to consume electricity when plugged into a wall. A power strip will eliminate this standby electricity consumption.
  • Remember to keep all shades and curtains shut tightly to block the sunlight and heat.
  • Keep the air conditioner clean by washing the coils and clearing any debris that might be preventing air flow.
  • Change Air Filters every 90 days to keep your air conditioner running at its peak performance level.
  • Minimize the usage of the stove, oven, dishwasher and clothes washer/dryer during the daytime when temperatures are higher.
  • Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when fully loaded. Line dry when at all possible.
  • Turning lights off not only helps save on electricity but it also generates less heat.
  • Avoid using the bathroom and kitchen ventilation fans longer than necessary. These replace inside air with outside air.

 
Making a few small adjustments to your daily routine can help lower your energy usage, helping to control your energy bill during the summer months.