We all know to avoid driving during rush hour if we can. As temperatures rise, so does the burden on the state’s electric grid. This summer, reduce energy use during Power Rush Hour®, a time of high energy demand on the Texas electrical system, by conserving energy and shifting use outside of 2-7 p.m.
By doing so, not only do you help protect the grid, but you can save money. Next year’s transmission costs are based on consumer use during peak times from June to September. That means, you can save now and later by conserving this summer. Take the following actions on “peak heat” days this summer:
- 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 demand, too.
- Run your dishwasher outside of peak hours. Do full loads and turn off the heat dry feature.
- Install a timer that turns your water heater off during hours you’re not likely to use hot water.
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