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How to save electricity at your home

With a little bit of extra effort, you can help to lower your electricity bill, no matter where you get your energy from. You'll be helping the environment, as well as saving money, by becoming more aware of the amount of energy you use every day and learning ways to save electricity. Share these tips with the whole family and get everyone involved to save electricity at your home.

Basic tips to save electricity

  • Be sure to turn the lights, TVs and ceiling fans off when you leave a room.
  • Even when appliances like televisions and lamps aren't on, they're still using electricity. Instead of simply turning things off, also unplug them when not in use to help save energy. Consider using a power strip with an on and off button.
  • Avoid opening and closing your refrigerator and freezer more than necessary, because warm air gets inside and causes the appliance to work harder and use more energy to get back down to a cooler temperature.
  • Set your computer to sleep mode when you'll be away from it for more than a few minutes. Turn it off and unplug it when you won't be using it for an extended period of time.
  • Choose compact fluorescent bulbs that use less electricity instead of incandescent light bulbs.
  • Keep your hot water heater turned down to 120 degrees. Heating water is a huge expense, and by lowering the maximum temperature, you can save electricity.
  • Check your home often for needed repairs – fix leaky faucets, replace dirty air filters, seal leaks by caulking and putting weather strips at doors and windows.

Ways to save electricity and keep cool

  • It's hot in Texas and everyone knows that. Most of your energy usage will go towards keeping your home cool, so it's important to not turn your air conditioner down too low. A temperature of 78 degrees is a recommended setting for your thermostat.
  • When the weather is nice, enjoy it. Open your windows and turn off the AC.
  • Use blinds and window shades to keep the heat from the sun out of your home. Plant trees around your home to create shade, especially around your windows.
  • Replace your air filters on a regular basis and check your AC ducts for leaks often.
  • Set your thermostat to a higher temperature when you're not at home.
  • Avoid using appliances like ovens, dryers and dishwashers when the temperature is at its peak because these machines can heat up your home and make your AC work harder.

Choosing an electricity company that utilizes energy efficient techniques and green energy sources can also help you save electricity. By remembering to focus on these simple tips, you can make a big difference in your electricity usage.

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