A typical Texas summer, usually means triple digit temperatures and higher than normal electric bills. As more people opt to stay inside versus going outside, more energy is being used at home.
As our record breaking heat wave continues, BBB offers these simple money-saving tips for staying cool and cutting back on your energy costs:
- Program your thermostat. Most air conditioning units can be programmed to kick on and kick off at designated times of the day. Set your thermostat at a higher temperature during the day while no one is home, and then program your AC to lower 30 minutes, or so, before your set to arrive home.
- Change or replace filters. Dirty filters make AC systems work harder and stay on longer than necessary.
- Shade outside AC units. A/C units kept shaded work more efficiently and use up to 10% less electricity.
- Consider high efficiency AC units. High Efficiency units use up to 40% less electricity than older models for the same amount of running time.
- Don’t use appliances and lighting unnecessarily.
- Avoid using your over on hot days and use the stove, microwave or outside grill.
- Take advantage of the natural sunlight instead of turning lights on. However, avoid direct sunlight.
- Only wash full loads of dishes and clothes.
- Unplug “energy vampires”. Energy vampires are those small electronics that are still using energy even though they’re powered off, for example: DVR’s, video gaming consoles, and computers. The more “energy vampires” you can unplug the more money you can save .
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