Good morning, Texas!
We hope you’re finding ways to stay cool while facing the recent triple-digit temperatures sweeping our fair state. It’s kinda hard when we’re used to just setting things to 72 degrees and letting that cold air wash away the humidity.
But there are times when that sort of behavior doesn’t work in Texas’ favor. If people across the state use more energy than is available on the grid, we could experience lots of problems.
Thus, First Choice Power is calling for a Peak Event today, something that might extend through this whole week. We’d really appreciate it if everyone in Texas could use less energy than normal from the hours of 3pm to 7pm each day.
Yes, we understand that such a request doesn’t make sense on the surface. It’s really hot and humid outside, and you want to blast that air conditioner to keep your home at a reasonable temperature.
But what if we told you there were a few basic steps you could take that would really make a difference in the condition of the Texas energy grid AND would keep you and your electricity bill comfortable? Would you be interested? We thought so!
- Adjust your thermostat to read 78 degrees. If you went higher, that would be nice too, but 78 is a good place to start.
- Unplug all your electronics. I mean – you don’t really need to have your Blu-Ray player, gaming consoles, iron, and printer all plugged in all the time, do you?
- Set up a couple fans in the rooms where you spend most of your time. This helps air move more effectively, which will help cool you down even with a higher air conditioner setting.
- Try to not use appliances like stoves, ovens, dishwashers, and more. Think of it as permission to NOT do chores.
- Close all the blinds in the windows that let in the most light. Natural light is great for ambience, but it can be terrible for controlling your energy costs.
And by lowering your energy usage, you might have even lowered your energy bill. Sure, it makes sense that, if you use less energy, your bill will probably be lower than usual, but seeing actual numbers helps. In fact, Energy.gov states you can save as much as 1% off your energy bill for every 1 degree you adjust your thermostat up. They also recommend you set their thermostats to 78 degrees when you’re home and need cooling, and the, adjust it up when you’re not at home.
Ta Da! You’ve successfully helped Texas reduce stress on the Texas energy grid. You should be proud of yourself, as you’ve gone out of your way to help your fellow Texans with these real and sustainable steps.