Between visiting relatives, a couple of road trips, and plenty of pool days, you can manage to beat most of the heat in the average Texas summer. But when temperatures jump into triple digits, it’s important to consider the energy you’re consuming and the effect it will have on your energy bill. To keep your bill from skyrocketing, use these four tips to battle the Texas summer heat and win!
1) Employ Energy Efficiency Basics.
Whether you’re packing up the family to head out or staying home, it’s especially important these days to find the balance of being energy efficient while staying comfortable. Here are some energy efficiency basics to help your efforts:
- Close any shades or curtains to prevent the sun’s heat from shining in
- Turn off all unused lights and appliances
- Adjust your air conditioner thermostat to 78 degrees (or higher)
- Use ceiling fans to circulate air to feel cooler
- Most importantly, use these tips as a teaching moment for your kids so they can help be energy efficient too
2) Set Up a Sprinkler Outside
During the morning hours before the heat really sets in, set up a sprinkler or slip n’ slide for some outdoor water fun for the family. It keeps kids cool, plus it gets them moving and out of the house – which is a win-win for parents.
Taking the family to the pool is a great way to save energy at home and to keep cool. When leaving your home, enforce some of the tips above to practice energy efficiency at home. While at the pool, make sure to find a spot in the shade, apply sunblock every 2 hours, and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
4) Head to a museum
Take the family and head to your local Children’s Museum. Typically there is enough to do that kids can spend a whole day there without getting bored. This is a great activity to encourage kids to learn and experiment with the benefit of being in the cool air conditioning (that you don’t have to pay for!).
While energy efficiency is always important, it’s especially important when it’s extra hot outside in Texas. If it’s hard to practice these tips all day, then concentrate on the peak demand hours of the day when energy usage is at its highest – 3-7:00 p.m. Most of all, stay cool and safe!