With autumn on the horizon, most of us are looking forward to cooler temperatures. But Power Rush Hour® continues through September, meaning you can save now and later by conserving energy and shifting use outside the hours of 2-7 p.m.
By doing so, not only do you help protect the Texas electric grid, but you can save money. Next year’s transmission costs are based on consumer use during peak times from June to September, which makes this month our last chance to lower next year’s bills.
Use these helpful tips, especially on “peak heat” days for the rest of the month, and we’ll put another Texas summer in the history books!
- Raise your thermostat setting a few degrees during peak hours, and close the shades to block some of the sun’s warmth.
- Pre-cool your home before 2 p.m., and you’ll stay comfortable while lowering demand during peak hours.
- Use fans to make the room feel 4 degrees cooler, but make sure to turn them off when leaving; fans cool people, not rooms.
- Run your washing machine and dryer in the morning or after 7 p.m. Washing in cold water and air-drying laundry reduces your usage, too.
- Run your dishwasher outside of peak hours. Do full loads and turn off the heat dry feature.