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Simple Energy-Saving Tips for Your Home
No matter who your energy provider is, everyone can benefit from using less energy! This room-by-room guide is designed to help Texas residents start shrinking their carbon footprints. These energy-saving tips could help you use less energy and save in electricity costs this year!
Energy-saving tips for Texas residents
Follow these simple steps to reduce your electricity usage.
- Texas energy customers will spend more of their electricity dollars cooling their homes than anything else. To keep your AC in check, 78 degrees F in the summer should provide you with optimal comfort and energy savings. In the winter, try to keep your heat set at 68 degrees.
- Use ceiling fans while you're in the room, but turn them off when you leave. Fans circulate the air to create a draft, cooling you. Unfortunately, a ceiling fan does nothing to cool a room.
- Grilling items outside instead of using the oven can reduce the heat in your home.
- Preheat items in the microwave before cooking to reduce the amount of time a hot oven has to be on.
- Use small appliances whenever possible to avoid heating the oven and use less electricity.
- On the stovetop, choose the right size pan for the burner you're using. A pan that's smaller than the burner wastes energy.
- Purchase ENERGY STAR® appliances and maintain them in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
- Heating water is the second biggest energy expense for Texas residents. Your hot water heater has to heat and reheat water to keep a constant supply for you, causing it to use a large amount of energy. Keep your hot water heater insulated and look into energy-efficient pumps to limit energy waste.
- Turn down the hot water thermostat to 120 degrees F. This will keep you from scalding your hands and save energy!
- Turn off and unplug appliances when they aren't in use.
- Use a fan in the summer and open windows whenever it's nice outside to reduce cooling costs.
- Install a programmable thermostat to save energy at night when you are less sensitive to the temperature.
- Do not close AC vents in unused rooms. Shutting off vents adds pressure to your unit, causing air leaks. In addition, it could damage the air conditioner, leading to costly repairs.