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Don’t sweat higher energy bills with Austin Energy’s Summer Savings tools and tips

July 11, 2017

Like clockwork, energy bills usually go up during the hot summer months, especially as air conditioners work overtime. To help customers with those summer energy costs, Austin Energy, the City’s community-owned electric utility, launched a Summer Savings campaign to educate customers on tools and tips available to help manage summer electric bills. The utility will share tips on social media; customers can look for Savings Sunday, Manage Monday, Tips Tuesday and Safety Saturday posts on Austin Energy’s social media channels.

Summer Savings will empower City of Austin utility customers to lower their monthly bills and to manage how much electricity they are using. Austin Energy’s web app tracks daily energy use and alerts customers when usage approaches a higher-priced billing tier. Registration is simple—all customers need is their City of Austin Utilities username and password. From there, they can access the web app and start tracking electricity usage patterns.

Customers can also manage escalating energy bills by participating in Austin Energy rebate programs for energy efficiency.

Summer Savings provides tips to help customers find low or no cost ways to save money on energy bills all year, including the following:

  • Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher in the summer. Turn off your AC or raise the thermostat to 85 degrees when you are away for two hours or more.
  • Install LED light bulbs. LEDs use 90 percent less electricity, generate less heat, and last 10-25 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, and five times longer than Compact Florescent Lightbulbs (CFLs).
  • Point fans in your direction. Fans blowing directly on you can make temperatures around you feel up to five degrees cooler. Only keep fans on when you are in the room.
  • Clean your AC condenser/evaporator coils at the beginning of the season. Clean coils lower your energy costs, extend the unit's life, and provide cleaner air for you to breathe.
  • Keep debris and high grass away from the condenser. These obstacles block airflow, which makes the condenser work harder and run longer.
  • Close shades and curtains on windows hit by direct sunlight to prevent heat from getting indoors.
  • Provide shade for outside AC units.
  • Avoid turning on the oven during the hottest time of the day. Using a microwave or a slow cooker produces less heat.
  • Unplug appliances and electronic devices when you are not using them. They use energy even when they are turned off.
  • Let someone else pay the energy bills! Go to a library, shopping center or community center and take advantage of climate-controlled activities away from home.

For more information about Summer Savings, visit austinenergy.com/go/summersavings.


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