Texas Heat – Tricks to Lowering Your Energy Bill in Your House in Texas


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This summer is gearing up to be one of the hottest summers in recent history. Those who live in Texas understand just how hot it can be, and just how expensive those energy bills can get. This summer, you can lower your energy bills in your house inTexas by implementing a few extra rules and procedures for you and your family.

Invest in Fans

Fans are great heat beaters, and can help lower your energy bill significantly, because they will allow you to keep your thermostat at a higher setting. Consider installing ceiling fans in bedrooms and living areas, and purchase box or oscillating fans to place in rooms to move cool air through.

Block the Sun

A huge amount of energy is used trying to cool homes, especially those with lots of windows that the sun can shine through for a long period of time throughout the day. A great way to lower your energy bill is to block that sun from shining in. There are black out curtains and shades available to do just this. After blocking the sun, you’ll see that your home is noticeably cooler during the day. Awnings are another great way to block the sun, and there are adjustable awnings available so they can be retracted when you don’t want to block the sun.

Using Appliances

Using the dryer or oven during the day can make your air conditioner work harder to keep the house cool, making your energy bill skyrocket. Cook items in a crock pot rather than the oven, and use the dryer only at night. Alternatively, you can place a clothes line outdoors to dry larger items like blankets and sheets. Wash clothes in the cold water cycle so energy isn’t used to heat the water, and make sure you have a full load before washing. Also, make sure you have a full load of dishes before running the dish washer.

Alternatives to Cooking in the Kitchen

Cooking, whether it’s on the stove top or using the oven, can really heat things up in your house. Cook out on the grill a few times a week to avoid this problem. You can also plan cold meals a couple of nights a week, such as sandwiches or microwaveable foods.

Changing Your Air Conditioner Filter

It’s important to maintain your air conditioner to keep it working properly. Residents in Texas should change their air filters at least once a month to ensure that the air can flow properly. Filters are inexpensive and when the air conditioner is properly maintained, it will work more efficiently.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can beat the heat in Texas and keep your home cooler and your energy bills lower.  The cost of your real estate taxes, real estate insurance and mortgage are enough.  These tips can help keep your expenses down.

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