Texas is a real hot zone in summer, and our triple digit temperatures hit record highs this year. Keeping the thermostat set to arctic chill offers one way to cope, but that choice can come with a steep price.
Here are some smart, energy saving tips that will keep your house cool in the summer and help you save money.
Schedule a TXU Energy In-Home Audit
Our TXU Energy conservation experts are happy to help you track ways to improve your energy efficiency. During a thorough energy audit of your home, we’ll point out places you might not even realize are causing your bill to climb. We’ll also provide other basic information on ways to save energy and lower your electricity bills.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Think of programmable thermostats like cruise control for your air conditioner. You can simply schedule your thermostat to let your home warm up a little during the day when you’re away and cool down your home just before you get back.
Make Use Of Your Fans
Set ceiling fans on high, and make sure the blades are rotating counter-clockwise in the summer to push cool air down into the room. Turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees, and use an oscillating fan to make up the difference. Read more alternative cooling tips.
No Pane, No Gain
Storm windows, thermal windows and double-paned glass all help keep the cool air in and the hot air out. Watch a video on how to seal and insulate your windows.
Maintain Your HVAC System
Keeping your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in proper working order will help it run more efficiently and reduce wear and tear. Don’t forget to have your HVAC system inspected at least once a year and replace air filters regularly.
What improvements have you made to keep your house cool in the summer and keep your energy bills lower?