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Triple-digit temps, meet super-easy tips.

You use more electricity during the summer - as much as three times more than mild months. But don't sweat it. You can stay cool and on top of your usage all summer long with these tips and tools.

Efficiency Tips.

We've got your back with easy ways to use less energy and beat the heat. Find more tips below.

Budget Tools

We've got helpful alerts and tools that make keeping to a budget every month a lot easier.

Top Energy Users.

Did you know your water heater uses more electricity than your fridge? Find out how much your other household appliances use every year. 

Favorite Summer Spots.

Hot summers may be a Texas tradition, but there are plenty of ways to stay cool. Check out some of Texas' most refreshing places here.

Perfect your setting.

Try raising your thermostat 4° higher than normal to use up to 20% less electricity.

Close out heat.

Turn your blinds upward to reduce energy loss and help lower your cooling costs.

Wash clothes in cold water.

When you wash a load of laundry, 90% of the energy used is to heat water.

Give the water heater a vacation.

If you'll be away for more than three days, turn your water heater down or turn it off.

Feel fantastic.

Set your fans to run counterclockwise, keeping the warm air higher up. Also, fans cool people, not empty rooms. Turn them off to save on cooling costs.

Don’t cool the neighborhood.

Even though people and pets are in and out, make sure doors stay closed. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors shut tight too.

Additional Tips

  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs—these bulbs radiate 75% less heat and last up to five times as long.
  • Use cotton sheets to stay cool; they’re lighter and offer more ventilation.
  • Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping. It's one of the most cost-effective ways to save on cooling.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying heater.
  • Keep your fridge temperature between 35-38° and your freezer at 5°.
  • Use an automatic timer on your pool pump and limit to 8 hours of pumping per day.
  • This summer, go big on BBQ. Grilling outside keeps your kitchen cool and electricity costs down.
  • Change your filters at least once every three months and have your A/C equipment checked by a professional every year.