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The ERCOT region is continuing to experience record high temperatures throughout the state which is causing high electricity usage.
The ERCOT region is continuing to experience record high temperatures throughout the state which is causing high electricity usage.
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This summer’s record temperatures are not only putting pressure on our water supply, electricity demand is also higher than usual. Still, by making a few changes to your daily routine you can lower your electricity bill, and reduce the strain on Texas’ electric grid.

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
  • When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans in occupied rooms to feel cooler.
  • When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.
  • Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 to 7p.m.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
  • Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
  • Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or evening instead of the afternoon.

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