Helpful Summer Weather Tips

Compared to the rest of the United States, on average Texas uses three times more energy for air conditioning and 6% more energy to power appliances, electronics and lighting. But don't sweat it - we're here to help! Below are things you can do to help reduce your high summer bills.

Click here  to learn what you can do to help manage the cost of cooling a home through a blazing Texas summer.

 

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Temperature settings

Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or more. You can save up to 10% on your cooling costs by simply turning your thermostat up 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours a day.
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Ceiling fans

Use ceiling fans to cool the room you are in.
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Computers

Turn computers and monitors off when not in use. Leaving computers on all the time can cost more than $100 per year on electricity.
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Fireplace open/close flue

Don't let cool air go up the chimney. Make sure the fireplace flue is closed when not in use.
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Insulation

Make sure that walls and the attic are properly insulated. Adding fiberglass insulation in the attic is one of the most cost-effective savings measures.
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Dishwasher

Air dry dishes instead of using the dishwasher's drying heater.
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Hot water heaters

Wrapping water heaters with an insulated blanket can save $20 annually for a gas heater and $50 annually on an electric heater.
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Keep doors closed

Shut the door or try to minimize the number of times that doors to the outside are opened and closed. Each time doors are opened, hot air enters the house.
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Weather-stripping/caulking

Sealing air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping are some cost-effective measures you can take in your home to save on cooling bills.
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HVAC system tuned

Change your filters at least once every 3 months and have your equipment checked annually by a professional.
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Upgrade windows

You could save hundreds of dollars per year by replacing your old windows with new ENERGY STAR® windows that can block up to 70% of the solar heat in the summer.
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Programmable thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on your cooling costs by turning your thermostat back 10-15% for 8 hours a day. With a programmable thermostat, this can be made into an easy, automated task.