Texas energy rates are going up so here are a few tips on how to reduce energy consumption.
1. Use a Smart Thermostat
Ever notice your electric bill was higher in the summer than it is in the winter? It’s because a big part of your energy consumption goes towards temperature control. By setting up a programmable thermostat, you can keep the temperature at a more cost effective level at times when no one is home. The ones Solar Edge Pros give homeowners that go solar have WiFi capability, so you can set the temperature from anywhere. CPS Energy also offers free thermostats for residential properties within their vicinity and gives out rebates to those that already have a WiFi Thermostat.
2. Dress for the Weather
Here’s a helpful tip that goes well with the first one. Don’t hesitant to wear comfortable clothes that best suit the temperature. By adjusting attire based on your home temperature, you can keep the thermostat at a cost effective level. Additionally, consider taking a break from hot showers, especially if it’s hot outside.
3. Replace Air Filters
Air filters are important to keep air pollutants like dust, pollen, and lint out of the air. If you don’t replace them every three months, you could be having your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system work harder than it should, costing you more electricity. Most big department stores like Walmart or Home Depot will carry the kind you need.
4. Reduce Your Electric Bill By Going Solar
Going solar is affordable and oftentimes cost less than what you are paying your utility company. If your AC struggles to keep your Texas home cool it might be more of a blessing than a curse. It may mean your roof is getting a lot of sunlight. By going solar you can stop worrying about increasing electric bills. Speak with your local solar installer and get a free appointment to see how much money you can save.
5. Extra Insulation
Keeping the heat outside in the summer and inside in the winter is critical for a low energy bill. Adding extra insulation within the walls of your home can help you save a lot of groceries by the end of the year. Check the insulation in your home, like your attic. According to Energy Improvements, a radiant barrier in your attic can block 95% of radiant heat that enters your home. For an external barrier, solar panels can block sunlight in addition to producing electricity.
BONUS: Use more Devices at Night
Electric companies charge an additional fee for consuming electricity during “peak hours” which is typically between 10am and 5pm. So if you do your laundry and wash your dishes any other time of the day, you’ll avoid spending more on fees.
The hardest part of reducing your electric bill requires breaking away from the status quo. People use more devices today. More people are moving to Texas today. The electric grid can’t keep up with
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