Energy Saving Tips

Ways to save
on Electricity

When it comes to lowering your electricity use, a little can go a long way – especially when you know where most of yours is going. These tips and resources can help you stay on top of your usage, budget and bill all year.


Tips

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A/C & Electric Heat

Heating and cooling your home are the biggest drivers of your home’s electricity use.

  • During hot temps, raising your thermostat as high as comfortable and running your ceiling fans counterclockwise will help reduce your usage.
  • On colder days, lowering your thermostat and running your ceiling fans clockwise on low will push heat down. And using space heaters in the room you're in the most often can help save on your bill.*
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Home Basics

The more energy-efficient your home is, the easier it is to save on electricity.

  • Change or clean your air filters regularly, especially if you have pets.
  • Use LED bulbs. They’re 75% more efficient than some other bulbs.
  • Plug electronics into a power strip and shut the strip off when it's not in use.
  • Remove the lint from your dryer after every load to improve efficiency. 
  • Sealing leaks and adding insulation can help keep your home comfortable and waste less energy.
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Water Use

Water heating uses more energy in your home than you might think. It accounts for about 20% of your home's energy use.*

  • While manufacturers sometimes set the default temperature at 140°, you can save by lowering it to 120°. 
  • Washing clothes in cold water can cut your washer’s energy usage in half.*

Budget Resources

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Weekly Usage Report

Your personalized report shows your most recent usage and how it compares to the week before, as well as ways to save energy and money. Look for it in your email every Tuesday. 

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Payment Flexibility

  • The Texas weather can be tough on usage and bills, but we're here for you with payment flexibility when you need it. Call us at 877-933-2453.
  • If you or someone you know needs bill-payment assistance, call 2-1-1 or visit 211texas.org to find local programs that can help.

 

*Sources: Energy.gov

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