5 Ways to Lower Your Energy Costs This Summer

5 Ways to Lower Your Energy Costs This Summer


When it comes to the Texas heat of summer, the scorching high temperatures might seem hard to sweat off. It’s true that Texans enjoy the outdoors but the heat not only drains the body, but causes utility bills to skyrocket. As summer rolls around, chances are, you’ll start to notice an increase in the energy bill — and the Texas heat is simply to blame. But before we get into the full swing of summer, here are five different, easy ways to lower your Texas electricity bill in the summer.


1. Use Heat-Generating Appliances at Night


Electric heating is the source of all incoming energy. Therefore, using electric appliances heats your home, causing your AC to work harder, and your energy bills to soar. Using appliances during the day will only make your home hot and uncomfortable. We recommend using heat-generating appliances such as the dryer, dishwasher, oven, and washing machine in the evening. You can also save on energy costs by washing your clothes in cold water and air drying them overnight.


2. Turn On Fans


Ceiling fans are known to supplement your AC and increase home comfort. But most importantly, fans decrease energy cost. It works simply—when the AC and ceiling fans are on, the temperature in your home decreases more quickly. So, your air conditioner does not have to work as hard, turning on less often, lowering your energy bill. Ceiling fans are a low-cost way to decrease energy costs and help you feel cool and comfortable all summer long.


3. Close Blinds and Shades During the Day


Blinds, curtains, and other window treatments can help keep your house cool during summer and your bills in check. Texas summers are known to be extremely hot and keeping your curtains and drapes closed will help reduce the amount of heat that enters your house. For maximum effect, apply curtains as close to the windows as possible.


4. Cut Down on Energy Leaks


Did you know your appliances can cause leaking electricity? Turning off the lights is an easy task, but everyone has accidentally left lights on or electronics plugged into the wall at some time. Shutting off the lights when you leave a room and unplugging electronics that aren’t being used will help lower electricity bills during the summer. These small leaks may seem insignificant, but can really add up over time.


5. Use Your Air Conditioning The Right Way


Another useful way to lower your electricity bill is to set your thermostat to 78 degrees. This degree allows your air conditioner to run at its optimal performance level. If you think you’ll be too hot during the day in 78 degrees, you can simply set your thermostat to automatically run less at night. If your unit has a “sleep mode” this will lower the output on a timer.


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