Energy Efficiency Schedule want you to help you put money back in to your pockets. Follow these tips to start saving today. Register for the non cost weatherization program and get the free energy audit and qualify for the weatherization program for your home  click here


Insulation attic floors and walls - Schedule at 888-405-7411

  • With the proper insulation, you can keep your heating and cooling system from working overtime.
  • Insulating your attic can reduce your heating and cooling needs up to 30 percent.
  • The minimum recommendation for insulation amount in most attics is R-30, or about 9 to 14 inches, depending on the insulation type.


Air Leaks  - Schedule at 888-405-7411

  • Controlling air flow helps control your savings. Properly sealing air leaks can significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Watch for these signs that your ducts aren’t performing correctly:
  • Rooms are difficult to heat and cool.
  • You have stuffy rooms.
  • You find your flexible A/C duct is tangled or has holes in it.
  • Seal air conditioning ducts properly to help reduce the amount of heating and cooling needed to keep your home comfortable.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls to stop air from leaking. 


Doors & Windows Schedule at 888-405-7411

  • Close the door on air leaks for good. By focusing on two of the top spots for gaps in your home, you’ll be one step closer to an energy-efficient home.
  • Weather-strip and caulk around windows and doors to prevent drafts. A gap of just one-quarter inch can let in as much air as a softball-size hole.
  • Consider ENERGY STAR®-qualified window models and low E-Glass windows. Their special coating will reflect infrared light, keeping heat in during winter and out during summer. 
  • A low-cost alternative to new windows is installing solar screens.

Water - Shower yourself in savings by making small changes to your home’s water system.

  • Fix leaking faucets. They can cost you 20 gallons of water a day.
  • Set your water heater temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save on water heating.
  • Insulate the hot water heater and your heating and cooling pipes that are not in enclosed areas. It can reduce heat loss by 25 to 40 percent. 


Hot Weather Energy-Saving Tips:

  • Set your thermostat at 78°F or higher - every degree of extra cooling will increase energy usage six to eight percent.
  • Use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate the cool air.
  • Install patio covers, awnings, and solar window screens to shade your home from the sun. Shade south and west windows with plants or trees to block the heat during the summer.
  • Close interior blinds, drapes, or shades to block the sun and heat during warm weather.
  • Use a clothesline instead of a clothes dryer.
  • Outside air conditioning units, or condensers, should be shaded.
  • On warm days raise your thermostat to 80°F or higher if leaving for more than four hours.
  • Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than normal will not cool your home faster.
  • Try to save heat and humidity-generating activities (cooking, laundering, and dishwashing) for early morning or evening hours.


Cold Weather Energy-Saving Tips:

  • Set your thermostat at 68°F or lower - every degree of extra heating will increase energy usage six to eight percent.
  • Dress warmly.
  • Use more blankets at night.
  • Set ceiling fans on reverse to re-circulate the heat that builds up near the ceiling.
  • Cover windows on winter nights with insulated curtains.
  • Open interior blinds, drapes, or shades during the day to let the sun warm your home during cooler months.


Lighting ​Conserve energy with the flip of a switch by choosing the correct lighting.

  • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use approximately 70 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Always turn lights off in rooms you are not using.
  • Make sure bulbs do not exceed the recommended wattage indicated on the light socket.
  • One larger wattage bulb is more efficient than two smaller wattage bulbs.
  • Direct light, such as for reading, is more efficient than brightly lighting an entire room.
  • Clean light bulbs regularly.
  • Use sunlight to illuminate your home. It’s free!


Electric Water Heaters

  • Repair leaking faucets. Warm-water leaks should be given immediate attention because they can raise your electric consumption rapidly.
  • Drain your hot water tank regularly to remove sediment.
  • Consider a tankless water heater; they are 35-45 percent more efficient, pay for themselves in 3-5 years, and never run out of hot water.
  • Wrap the hot water heater in an insulation blanket.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater. For each 10 degrees of reduction, you can save 3-5 percent in energy costs. 120°F is suggested unless your dishwasher does not have its own water heater, in which case 130°F - 140°F is suggested for optimal cleaning.


Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

  • Energy efficiency is in the air. Your heating and cooling system is the perfect place to start when making energy-saving changes.
  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and 68 degrees in winter.
  • Keep air vents open to increase circulation.
  • Use fans to cool your home.
  • Have your A/C and heating system serviced twice a year (during spring and fall).
  • On a new A/C unit, look for a 16 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) and 12 Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) rating.
  • Clean or replace air filters once a month.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters once a month (or as needed) with a filter that has a MERV 11 rating or higher.
  • Ensure that your HVAC system is properly sized for your home.
  • At the beginning of cooler or warmer weather have a professional come out to inspect your HVAC system.
  • Have your duct system checked for air leaks and proper insulation.
  • Consider installing a "whole house fan" to improve circulation and ventilation throughout your home.
  • Do not use humidifiers or evaporator ("swamp") coolers with the air conditioner.
  • Close vents in unused rooms.


Additional Tips

  • Don‘t leave bathroom or kitchen ventilation fans running longer than necessary; they replace inside air with outside air.
  • Improve your roof by installing light-colored, durable materials and by adding insulation.
  • Install weather stripping, and seal cracks around windows, exterior doors, and other openings.
  • Programmable thermostats can save a household about $100 per year.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.


Appliances/Electronics

  • Get plugged in to an energy-efficient home with appliances and electronics that are designed to conserve.
  • Appliances and electronics can account for 20 percent of a home’s electrical costs. Replace old appliances with ENERGY STAR®-rated models.
  • Unplug electronics when they’re not in use. Certain electronics, such as a cell phone charger, continue to draw electricity when left plugged in – even if they’re not in use.
  • Use the air-dry option on your dishwasher if available or open the door after the final rinse cycle to dry the dishes.
  • Only run dishwashers and clothes washers when fully loaded.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer full. They operate more efficiency when full.
  • When drying clothes, do not overfill the dryer and use the automatic setting if available. Dry loads back-to-back if possible. Remember to clean the lint filter between loads.
  • Unplug or recycle that spare refrigerator in the garage if you don‘t really need it. Refrigerators are typically the second largest electricity users in a home. If your refrigerator is more than ten years old, consider replacing it.
  • Always choose Energy Star-labeled appliances.
  • Except for refrigerators and freezers that keep food cold, unplug all electronic devices, chargers, and appliances when they are not being used. They can still use a large amount of energy even when they are in the "Off" or "Power Save Mode". Consider plugging these devices into power strips with an on-off switch.
  • Ensure that the clothes dryer's outside air vent is well-sealed.
  • Keep the condenser coils on the back of your refrigerator and freezer clean.
  • When considering the purchase of new appliances, consult Energy Star (www.energystar.gov) for information on which models they have approved to use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.


Trees

  • Trees are a natural solution for energy-efficient changes. Remember: When planting a tree, type and location are key.
  • Proper tree placement can reduce home heating and cooling costs by 20 percent. Plant trees 35 feet from your house and 25 feet from power lines.
  • Plant deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves). They will shade your house in summer, and help warm your home in winter by letting light through.


Do your part to take a load off the Texas power grid with the help of these simple tips – then watch the savings stack up.

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