How to beat the rising heat

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We are going to start seeing more 90 degree days in Central Texas, which means we will be wanting to crank up the air conditioning. 

However, Reliant Energy has a few tips to keep more money in your wallet: 

Best Cost/ROI Tips

  • Make sure your house is well-insulated. Any house without insulation can lose up to 40 percent of heated or cooled air. Adding insulation is one of the most cost-effective improvements that a homeowner can make to their property.
  • Follow the four-by-four principle. Setting your thermostat four degrees higher when you’re away from home for more than four hours can help reduce electricity usage and costs. When your thermostat is set below 78°F, each degree cooler may increase your costs by up to seven percent during summer.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to will learn your schedule and automatically make temperatures adjustments to conserve energy.
  • It is critical to keep up with regular AC maintenance and tune-ups to make sure your AC is operating efficiently and can handle the heat summer hits.

Best DIY Tips

  • Rotate your ceiling fan counter-clockwise during summer. Switch your ceiling fan to turn counter-clockwise to create wind chill. This wind chill effect can make the temperature in a room feel up to four degrees cooler allowing you to adjust your thermostat to save money.
  • Switch out your old light bulbs for new LEDs to light your home efficiently. When switching, consider using ENERGY STAR® qualified LED bulbs since they use 70-90 percent less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs and last at least 10 to 25 times longer. Unlike incandescent bulbs which can generate heat, LED bulbs are cool to the touch keeping your room more comfortable and make less work for your air conditioning system.
  • Use blinds or curtains during summer to reduce solar heat gain by up to 50 percent. Direct sunlight can increase the demand on your AC by as much as 30 percent.
  • Avoid using heat-producing appliances like the clothes dryer, dishwasher, oven during the hottest times of day. These appliances can cause your AC to work harder to keep your home cool. Instead, consider using the microwave, stove top or grill to cook. Run heat producing appliances at night or early morning.

Source: Reliant Energy

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