So you think you’ve heard everythingthere is to hear about how to save electricity at your home. We asked some ofour TXU Energy experts for some lesser-known opportunities to reduce wastedelectricity use and unnecessary spending. Here’s what we got:
·Anglinghorizontal blinds so sunlight streams up can reduce the heat coming in andprovide free natural light. When closed and lowered, highly reflective blinds canreduce heat gain by around 45 percent.
·Ittakes longer to cool a humid home. The ideal humidity level is less than 60percent in the summer.
·Waterheaters are factory set at 140 degrees. Lowering that to 120 degrees providescomfortably hot water and less energy consumption.
·MostAmericans with programmable thermostats don’t program them. New Energy Star®ratings for programmable thermostats may consider ease of use and onlineaccess, like the access to the Brighten® iThermostat.
·Youcan raise your thermostat setting by up to 4 degrees and not feel a differenceif you also run a ceiling fan. Fans only make you feel cooler, though, so turnthem off when you’re not in the room.
·Cannedor recessed lights can be a big source of air leaks. Selecting “IC” models orinstalling approved covers over non-IC models can stop that.
·Loweringyour thermostat setting does not cool your home more quickly. Many factorsaffect how quickly an indoor space cools. Thermostat set points are not amongthem.
·Callyour electricity provider as soon as you get a bill you don’t think you canfully pay by the due date. Retailers like TXU Energy have extensive ways ofhelping, including our award-winning TXU Energy AidSM program.
“Being aware of when and howelectricity is being used – and how to cut back without making big sacrifices –makes our customers better consumers who spend less,” said Michael Grasso,chief marketing officer for TXU Energy. “We provide a range of solutions and energy-savings tips because we know that helpingcustomers spend less helps us maintain long and positive relationships withthem.”
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