Unless you’re one of Texas’ many newest residents, you know that summer’s long, hot days may increase your electric bill. This year, take some steps ahead of time to help ensure your home is as efficient as possible, and you’ll find that extreme temperatures don’t always have to mean excessive bills.
Have a pro check your HVAC
Hire a licensed HVAC technician to clean and inspect your unit at least once each year. They can help your air conditioner run efficiently this summer, and spotting problems now can help keep you from burning up later. You may also want to replace it with a more efficient model if it’s more than 15 years old.
Seal those air leaks
Taking care of pesky air leaks could help you save up to 20% on your energy bill each year. Inside your home, check for gaps along the baseboards and your flooring, as well as spots where the wall and ceiling meet. Look for drafts in these common areas: around windows, doors, lighting and plumbing fixtures, fireplace dampers, outlets, and switches. Once you find the leak, use caulk or weatherstripping to seal it.
Get a thermostat that works smarter, not harder
Buying and installing a smart thermostat can help cut your annual heating and cooling costs by as much as 10%. Smart features can help reduce your usage without sacrificing comfort, with the bonus of added convenience.
Cool off the water heater
On average, water heaters make up about 20% of member bills! Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees and install a timer to turn off the unit when it’s not in use.
Schedule a PEC energy audit
Have questions specific to your home you’d like to ask an expert? PEC’s energy advisers can help you maximize savings with a simple, over-the-phone energy audit. Call us at 888-554-4732 to schedule an appointment.
Summer is coming! High bills don’t have to come with it. Get more tips at pec.coop/savings.