Energy Conservation Tips
The Public Utility Commission recommends the following tips for conserving electricity:
Setting the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher – every degree below 78 degrees can increase energy consumption by 6 to 8 percent. Fans can be used with less energy. If doors and windows are not tight, or if they are frequently opened, the air conditioner must work that much harder. Direct sunlight can also heat a room quickly. Check air conditioning ducts to eliminate leaks; caulk and weather-strip doors, windows and pipe clearances.
Refrigerators and freezers are more efficient when they are full - stocking bottled water is also good storm preparation. Dishwashers and clothes washers should also be run when they are fully loaded to save water and electricity. As the peak hours for electric usage are between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., running equipment at night will keep the house cooler and reduce strain on the public power supply. If you’re buying new appliances, consider “Energy Star” qualified models for the most efficient technologies.
Additional tips can be found on the Public Utility Commission Website, http://www.puc.state.tx.us/ocp/conserve.