Connectivity of appliances and increase in personal electronics can drive up consumption
With the continued increase in connected devices, TXU Energy is reminding consumers to be aware of the electricity that all of that connectivity requires.
From stoves to refrigerators and even fireplaces, more appliances and devices are getting connected to the Internet. That’s changing how consumers control their surroundings and their time, but the increased use of connected devices demands more electricity. The latest figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration say more than 40 percent of the average Texan’s energy use goes to appliances, electronics and lighting.
“The growth in connected devices is exciting for consumers, but it’s important to consider all of the associated costs, including electricity,” said Jennifer Pulliam, director of products and innovation for TXU Energy. “Understanding how and when you use electricity is the first step to selecting the right plan and services to fit your needs and preferences.”
In addition to a wide range of electricity plans, TXU Energy customers have access to personalized energy management alerts and other tools to help them monitor and control how much electricity they use. The company’s Brighten® iThermostat, for example, was the first two-way, connected thermostat in the competitive market of Texas.
TXU Energy also provides a range of warranty services to protect the consumer appliances and electronics the company powers every day. At the same time, all consumers have free access to personalized energy-efficiency tools, tips and project ideas at txu.com.
Consumers can reduce their electricity consumption and spending related to appliances and electronics with several easy steps:
- Unplug chargers, devices and small appliances when they are not in use. Anything with a light or clock continues to use electricity even in the “off” position.
- Use timers and smart power strips to control TVs, entertainment equipment and other devices.
- Use smaller cooking appliances, such as toaster ovens and microwaves, when possible.
“While the Internet of Things creates new opportunities for change, Texans can count on TXU Energy to continue delivering market-leading plans and solutions to help them manage their electricity spending and to protect their household investments,” Pulliam said.
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