Reducing your Texas Summer Electric Bill
Summer in Texas is hot. It is also humid in many parts of the state, which makes it feel as though it’s even hotter than it actually is. In your attempts to cool off at home, you may find that your Texas electricity bills are sky high. How can you stay cool without paying a fortune on electricity bills?
The most important thing that you can do is to switch to a lower-cost energy provider. Texas has many different options for who supplies your energy. The most well known electricity supplies are not necessarily the ones that are the least expensive. For example, you may be familiar with companies like Oncor and AEP Texas because these are the default companies for many parts of Texas. By switching to lower cost providers that serve the same areas (such as Bounce Energy or Champion Energy Services) you can significantly reduce your TX electric bills without changing your home electricity use at all.
Of course, reducing your home energy use will help to save even more money on your Texas electricity bills. The first thing that you should do is to fiddle with your thermostat. The goal here is to find the warmest temperature setting that you can handle while still feeling comfortable in the home. Seventy-eight degrees is the recommended setting for Texans who want to be cool in their homes without running the AC all day and all night.
You can further reduce your need to operate your home’s air conditioning unit by making use of fans around the home. Ceiling fans as well as portable fans are great tools for cooling off the Texas home. During much of the day, you probably aren’t even in the majority of rooms in your house. Why are you paying money to cool them off? Instead, just use fans to keep cool in the rooms where you are spending the most time.
Speaking of rooms, the kitchen is an important room when it comes to summertime in Texas. The appliances throughout your kitchen generate heat. When you add cooking to the mix, the house can get really hot. During the summer in Texas, you should try to avoid cooking indoors. Texas BBQ is always popular so take advantage of the great opportunity to do some cooking outside during the summer. That way you don’t heat up your home. Also, do your dishwashing during the cooler hours of the day.
Finally, take a close look at the lighting in your home. Texas gets a lot of natural light so you should take advantage of it in a way that keeps the house cool. You want to let in the light without letting in the heat. Two-way white drapes or clear reflective window film will allow you to use natural lighting without taking in heat from the sun. This prevents the need to use internal home lights, which heat up the house unnecessarily. In that Texas heat, you need to do every little thing you can to keep it cool!
Publish Date: 2010-08-02 10:39:33
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