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Save energy and money at the same time
You have the power to save money with the Texas energy provider you choose, but you also have the power to save energy on your own. You can choose a company that provides energy at a price that fits your budget, and then do your part at home to make sure you don’t drain electricity, or your pockets, unnecessarily.
How to save energy: Tips for your home
You’ve mastered the task of conserving your body’s energy so you can make it through rough day, but now you want to know how to save energy around your home. There’s some advice that you’ve heard since you were a kid, like, “Turn off the lights!” and, “Don’t leave that TV on when you’re not in the room!” Over the years, energy companies and consumers have discovered more tips that can help you save energy and preserve cash. Every room in your home requires special consideration.
Ways to save energy: A room-by-room guide
Below you will find a guide for ways to save energy around your house, room by room. Activating these tips in your home can help you save on your electricity bill.
- Regulate the temperature when you go to bed by adding extra blankets when it’s cold or opening a window when it’s warm. Reduce the use of your air conditioning or heat during sleep hours.
- Dust your light bulbs. Dust absorbs light and wastes energy.
- Turn off anything that’s not in use. Unplug phone chargers when you’re finished with them so they’re not soaking up electricity that’s not being used.
- Use a power strip. All of the entertainment equipment in the living room utilizes a lot of electrical energy. It’s easy to flip a switch and turn it all off when no one is in the room.
- Set your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise in the winter time. The backwards rotation pushes warm air to the lower level of your room, the area where you sit.
- Turn down the brightness of your TV.
- Run the dishwasher only when it’s full. Less washes means less electricity is used.
- Use the burner on the stove that fits the pot you’re heating. Don’t waste energy by using a large burner to heat a small skillet.
- Buy energy-star appliances that are created for the purpose of saving energy.
- Set your refrigerator to run at 38° F/ 3° C for optimum efficiency.
- If your stove/oven is electric, turn the burners off a few minutes before you’re finished cooking. The heating elements will stay hot for that amount of time.
- Keep your water heater set to 120 degrees and keep your water heater insulated.
- Shower only as long as necessary. The more hot water you use, the more energy you use to heat it.
- Repair leaky faucets immediately.
- Change your air filters regularly. Your unit has to work harder, and use more energy, to push air through dirty filters.
- Seal drafty windows and doors to keep from losing heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. There’s no need to use extra energy to make up for the loss.
- Close the seams and joints of your duct work so you’re not heating crawl spaces.
Following these simple tips will help you save energy year-round.