It’s hot here in Texas. 🌞 While most Texans are used to the summer heat, last week’s temperatures broke several records across the state and are expected to continue over the coming weeks.
High temps typically means high AC usage, which also means higher electricity bills for Texas residents. Here are some tips to manage your energy costs while staying safe during this heatwave:
* Turn the setting on your air conditioner up to 78 degrees between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
* Unplug electronics and appliances that aren’t in use. Devices like phone chargers and coffee makers consume energy when they are plugged in but not in use.
* Be sure your ceiling fan is spinning clockwise. This will push cool air down. You can also use fans to cool off rooms and spare the air conditioner.
* Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater
* Wash your clothes in cold water and do your laundry during the off-peak times of early morning or late evening
* Only run your dishwasher when it is full and use the air-dry option.
* Minimize the use of your stove or oven by using a microwave, air fryer or pressure cooker, which all cost less to use and give off less heat.
* Turn off any light that is not in use
* Seal any cracks or leaks in windows or doors
* Keep your blinds and shades closed to keep out the sunlight
Here are a few reminders of other things you should do to protect yourself and others in this weather:
* Frequently check on older friends, family members and neighbors
* Never leave anyone, including pets, in a car or truck no matter how short the time
* Watch for signs of heat illness, such as nausea and dizziness. Respond immediately by finding shade and drinking water slowly