Help Save Energy


Electricity is in high demand

Sometimes demand for electricity surges across the state to high levels and the state’s grid operator, ERCOT, will ask Texans to conserve energy.

We help get the word out and offer you simple ways to dial your usage back during these brief periods to help ensure reliable service for everyone.

Outage Updates

Please check with your local Transmission & Distribution Utility (TDU).

Grid Conditions

Keep up with ERCOT grid conditions.

How to Help Conserve 
  • Raise your thermostat a few degrees if you’re home and more if you’re away
  • Run your fans counter-clockwise to keep cool air from rising
  • Turn blinds upward and close curtains to keep heat out, and seal any openings around windows and doors to keep cool air from escaping
  • Use appliances and systems like washing machines, dryers, ovens and pool pumps sparingly during afternoons and early evenings when demand peaks
  • Unplug any devices or electronics that aren’t being used
  • Lower your water heater setting to 120˚ if possible
Cooling Centers

If you or someone you know is affected by an extended outage, you can head to a nearby cooling shelter. Here are links to Dallas and Fort Worth-area centers. In Houston, the city’s community centers typically function as cooling shelters.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How often do events like this happen and how far in advance will I hear about it?

    Surges in demand can be unpredictable. We’ll always do our best to give you advance notice so you can conserve, though in some cases it may be the same day or next day.

  • What happens if people don't conserve during an event?

    ERCOT could implement brief, controlled outages across the state. In extreme cases, Texans could experience unplanned outages. Periods of especially high demand can also lead to higher wholesale power prices. TXU Energy customers are always insulated from these volatile wholesale rates.

  • What if I can’t adjust my thermostat during an event?

    No worries. You can always help next time.

  • Are bill-payment resources available after periods of high usage?
    • Yes. Please call us if you need a little flexibility or would like to set up a longer-term payment plan at 800-242-9113.
    • TXU Energy AidTM can help year-round if you ever need help with your bill. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211texas.org to find out about TXU Energy Aid and other programs that can help.