Energy conservation is an important part of reducing your carbon footprint for a healthier environment. In addition, using less energy will also have a positive impact on your monthly power expenses.

If you’ve been wondering how you can do your part to protect the planet—while saving some cash on your electric bill—let’s explore some top energy-saving tips.

Be smart about appliances

One of the easiest ways to save energy is making a conscious effort in your daily routine to use your appliances and electronic devices less frequently.

  • Switching off lights and/or electronics (like your T.V.) when you leave the room is a simple start.
  • Go a step further and unplug your computer, printer, and T.V. when leaving a room for an extended period of time.
  • If you have a room or an area in your home that is not used frequently, such as a guest room, consider unplugging lamps and other electronic devices or appliances there.
  • It may take a minute to get adjusted, but implementing these energy-conserving tips on a regular basis will quickly yield money-saving results you’ll surely be pleased to see.

Timing is key

Are you wondering how to save energy based on different times of the day? This top tip is especially helpful for those who have found themselves working from home or just being at home more often in general.

  • One pro piece of advice is to try to only run your dishwasher, clothes washer and clothes dryer during cooler parts of the day—early morning or late afternoon/evening.
    • The same goes for cooking with appliances like your oven or stove. Avoid using these heat-generating appliances during peak temperature times for lower utility rates.
    • The more heat you generate in your home, the harder your A/C unit has to work to cool—resulting in higher electricity costs.
    • If you need to cook during the hottest afternoon temp times, try using smaller cooking devices, like a toaster/toaster oven or your microwave, as these appliances use less energy and generate less heat.
    • Another helpful hint is to only run dishwashers and washing machines with full loads. Washing partial or half-full loads wastes unnecessary energy.

Try Prepaid electricity options

Yet another energy conservation tip is to check out all of your electricity plan options.

  • Traditional postpaid electricity plans are the most commonly thought of power routes to take, in which customers pay at the end of the billing cycle after the power has already been used.
  • Now Power Texas, the #1 retail energy provider in Texas, also offers customers prepaid electricity in Texas
  • What is prepaid electricity? Unlike postpaid plans, prepaid electricity requires payment prior to power consumption—that is, before you use it.
  • Many consumers find that being on a postpaid power plan allows them to save money (and energy) by sticking to a set amount on the front end of the billing cycle and tracking their usage habits.
  • How are utility usage habits tracked with prepaid electricity? Simple!
    • Smart Meters are electronic devices installed in your home that record and transmit utility data to the power company.
    • Customers can also easily access their home’s usage information, tracking when and with which appliances or devices they are using the most power.
    • This knowledge can then be used to scale back where/when needed in order to use less power and save more money.

Hopefully, you can use the above-listed tips in order to conserve more energy and trim your monthly power bill.

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