How To Get Maximum Efficiency Out of Your Refrigerator


Improving your fridge’s efficiency presents a great opportunity to reduce your energy consumption and save money on utility bills. Here are several no-cost ways you can maximize your refrigerator’s efficiency, along with shopping tips if your unit needs to be replaced.

4 Things You Thought Were True About Saving Energy


“Turning off lights when you leave the room saves electricity.”

We’ve all heard this energy-saving tip before and know it’s true – when a device is off, it consumes less energy.

But how many inaccurate tidbits are passed around? Here are four energy-saving myths that are making the rounds.

How To Access and Read Your Smart Meter Data


One of the best benefits of having a smart meter is being able to track your electricity consumption in real time and instantly adjust your behavior to reduce your use. Instead of seeing the amount of energy you used in a month when you receive your bill, with a smart meter you can track what time of day you use the most electricity and then take steps to adjust your consumption.

To empower Texans to have more control over their energy bills, the Public Utility Commission created the Smart Meter Texas website that allows residents and business to monitor their usage in real time.

7 Ways To Maximize Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency


With scorching summer temperatures, it’s no surprise that Texans spend about 25 percent of their energy consumption on air conditioning each year. In homes, we use more energy to run the AC than any other singular task including water heating, home heating and running the refrigerator. With so much energy going into cooling your home, we wanted to share seven ways to get the most out of your air conditioner.

Mission: Possible – Achieving Summer Energy Savings


As summer temperatures rise, so does our energy usage. While we are cranking up the AC and using more electricity to keep things cool, households can find ways to save energy and save money.

We have already offered 9 free ways to save electricity in the summer. Now, here are some additional simple summer energy-saving tips organized by room to help you not only save electricity around the house, but also keep costs down during these hot months.

How Do Texans Power Their Homes? [Infographic]


Have you ever wondered what uses the most energy in your home? Well, we’ve got the scoop.

With the help of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey, we were able to put together a cool infographic that illustrates what appliances and devices in Texas homes use the most energy annually.

How To Reduce Water-Heating Costs


As temperatures rise in Texas, the last thing you may think of is your home’s water heater. Even though it is blistering hot outside, water heating remains the second largest energy expense in a home because we’re still using the water heater for everyday tasks including taking showers, running the dishwasher and washing clothes.

The average household pays $400-$600 a year on water-heating expenses, and about 22 percent of total energy consumption is used to heat water. This means that if you want to save energy and money, a good place to start is with your household’s water heater.

7 Home Efficiency Improvement Projects That Don’t Break the Bank


Homeowners and other residential living owners are often searching for ways to increase the value of their homes.

According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2012 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, heating and cooling bills were at least somewhat important to an overwhelming 87 percent of buyers. With that in mind, doing a small DIY home improvement project can increase your house’s appeal and lower your electricity bill in one swift step.

In honor of May being National Home Improvement Month, here are seven home efficiency improvement projects that will not only enhance the functionality and value of your house but will also help lower your electric bill with minimal upfront costs. Included are approximate expenses and extra resources that go into greater detail on each project.

12 Ways To Save Electricity Outside of Your House


There are so many good ways to conserve energy, but you may not know where to start.

As part of a continuing series that explores room-by-room energy savings, we’ve suggested low-cost ways to save electricity in your home office, kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom.

But there’s not just opportunity for savings indoors. Today, we move outside to consider ways to save electricity in the backyard and around the perimeter of your home.

14 Ways We Love To Save Electricity


In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to do something special for you. Beginning today, we’ll be introducing one electricity-saving tip every day through Feb. 14.

Not only will these tidbits help you save electricity but they will also help you save money on your energy bill. Be sure to check back every day for a new tip.