In today’s environmentally-conscious climate, responsible citizens everywhere want to do what they can to protect the planet and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time. This includes conserving electricity as much as possible. An added bonus to reducing your energy consumption is saving money on that monthly electric bill! Now more than ever, people are spending most (if not all) of their time working, learning, and spending quality time with loved ones at home. To keep extra energy charges at bay, you need to be smart and savvy about your daily habits. Here are some energy conservation tips from Texas’s own Prepaid Lights.
Unplug and Recharge
One simple way to trim the fat on your electric usage is to be diligent about unplugging unused electronics and appliances. If you’re not using it, there’s no need for the power connection to remain. Enhanced safety is also a factor in this smart habit. Unplugged devices mean you’re protecting yourself (and your home) from possible power surges that may occur. Power surges are dangerous because they can cause electric shock and/or fires. In addition to unplugging unused devices and appliances, get in the habit of switching off lights when you leave the room. You may also be able to lengthen the lifespan of your appliances by lessening their workload.
Keep Your Thermostat in Check
A good rule of thumb for energy conservation in Texas is to keep your air conditioner set on a particular “middle of the road” temperature to avoid surprising charges. The United States Department of Energy recommends keeping your thermostat set at 78 degrees to keep climbing costs at bay. Does that number have you sweating? Don’t! You can stay chill by running overhead ceiling fans, using box fans, and making sure you keep blinds or windows closed during the sunny hours of the day. This will keep sunlight (i.e. extra heat) from adding degrees to your home. Once the sun goes down, so will outside temperatures. Your home will naturally cool down, and so will you.
What about during winter months? Keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees during this chilly season so your heating system isn’t burning up electricity—or your electric bill. In fact, energy.gov recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees whenever you’re at home and awake, and lowering it while you’re asleep or out of the house. Stock up on cozy blankets or build a fire in your fireplace (indoor or outdoor!) if that’s an option. Working from the comfort of your home office? Invest in a small space heater to stay toasty while you work.
Weatherize Your Home
Whether you want to take on this task yourself or enlist the help of a professional, checking your home’s energy efficiency, or conducting what is known as an “energy audit,” can be another smart way to lessen wasted energy. Checking windows, air ducts, and other areas for air leakage, moldy areas for excess moisture, and more can pinpoint specific spots for improvement. Try researching ways you can identify and fix things the DIY route, or pay a professional to conduct a thorough examination of your home. Older homes (think original windows and ventilation systems) may be more prone to air leaks than newer construction.
Nothing’s worse than paying for wasted energy, so if this is a concern of yours, start tackling it today!
Beat the Heat with Smart Appliance Usage
Another tip for Texans to conserve energy during the blazing heat of summer is to be mindful of what time of day you’re using certain appliances. During peak sunlight/heat hours, like the middle of the day and afternoon, try to avoid using the stove or running the dishwasher or clothes dryer. These major appliances, of course, use maximum energy and heat up your already warm house.
If you are working from home or hanging out during the weekend and need to whip up a meal or snack during these sunny times, try to use smaller cooking devices, like a toaster, toaster oven, or microwave—even an outdoor grill. These will get your food cooking without ramping up too much heat. Also try to run the dishwasher or dry your clothes earlier in the morning or once the sun goes down. These may seem like simple tasks, but the results can rack up quickly on your monthly statement.
Prepaid Electricity Perks
For Texans, being in a de-regulated area means you can take your pick of power provider, which means you can also save some funds. Prepaid Lights is an excellent option and cost-savvy provider of energy for Texas residents. You can choose from a variety of plans to suit your individual electric needs. The “pay as you go” option ensures you’ll never get in over your head, and you can monitor your usage on a daily or monthly basis. When you can easily track your habits (you can even download the app and check from your phone—how convenient is that?!) you can see what areas to cut down your usage in, saving you money on next month’s transaction. It’s also super easy to get started—depending on your zip code, you may be able to get connected in as little as two hours. Additionally, you don’t need to be worried about qualifying with your current credit score. Prepaid Lights offers connectivity with no credit check, deposit, or SSN required—equaling quick enrollment without unnecessary intrusion into your privacy!
With over 30 years of experience delivering Texas residents with unmatched customer service, Prepaid Lights is an energy provider you know you can trust. Even during these uncertain times, Prepaid Lights is here to help. Check out their COVID-19 relief program here https://prepaidlights.net/covid-19-electricity-relief-plan-in-texas/ to see if you qualify for deferred electricity payments or direct financial relief from the government. For more information on Prepaid Lights and all that they offer, reach out to a customer service representative today, or visit https://prepaidlights.net/.
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