Energy Costs Soaring Over 800% in Texas:
12 Smart Ways to Save on Energy Bills Amid Record Temperatures


The scorching triple-digit heat wave continues to grip Texas, causing energy  demand to surge across Houston and the Lone Star State. With reports indicating that Texas electricity prices for the grid have skyrocketed over 800%, reaching an astonishing $2,500/MWh on Sunday evening from Saturday's $275, as reported by ERCOT and Bloomberg, it's evident that energy costs could potentially impact consumers. However, Houston residents have the power to take control of their energy expenses during these challenging times. 

Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical, a trusted name in Houston's energy landscape, is stepping up to help local residents combat these soaring energy expenses. Here are some practical and localized tips that Houstonians can implement today to keep their energy costs manageable, even in the midst of this unprecedented heatwave:

Optimize Your Smart Thermostat: Houston's heat is relentless, but your indoor temperature doesn't have to be. Set your smart thermostat to 78 degrees during the day while you're at home, and then lower it to 72 degrees at night. By programming your thermostat's schedule, you can effortlessly maintain a comfortable environment while minimizing energy use.

Embrace the Power of Fans: Even with your AC set at a slightly higher temperature, using ceiling and area fans can create a cooling effect, making you feel more comfortable. The result? You can enjoy a cooler atmosphere without putting excessive strain on your AC unit.

Shield Your Home with Curtains and Blinds: Houston's sun can be intense, but keeping your curtains and blinds closed during the day can help keep the heat out and the cool air in. If you're looking for extra insulation, consider blackout curtains for added protection against the heat.

Unveiling the HVAC Vents: Avoid the temptation to close the vents in less frequently used rooms in an attempt to save energy. Instead, you may unknowingly be putting extra pressure on your air conditioning system, leading to higher energy consumption and the need for potential repairs. Keep all vents open for balanced airflow.

Adhere to the 2x2x2x2 Rule: Maintaining sufficient space around your outdoor AC unit is crucial. Create a two-foot clearance on all sides of your AC unit, allowing for proper airflow and preventing overheating, which can cause unnecessary strain on your cooling system.

Change Your Cooking Approach: As tempting as it might be to use your oven for cooking, it's best to opt for alternatives that produce less heat. Utilize stovetops and microwaves to cook your meals, saving energy and preventing additional heat buildup in your home.

Prioritize Filter Maintenance: The condition of your AC filters directly impacts its efficiency. Regularly clean and replace filters to ensure optimal airflow. Clogged filters strain your system, leading to higher electricity bills and decreased cooling performance.

Make Waves with Water Usage: Use cold water for laundry and opt for energy-efficient appliances to save on water heating costs.

Mindful Sun Protection for H-Town Homes: Protect your H-Town home from the sun's rays by sealing gaps and cracks. Proper insulation keeps the cool air in and the hot air out.

H-Town's Nighttime Advantage: Use cooler nighttime temperatures in H-Town to your advantage. Open windows and let in the fresh air to naturally cool your home.

Tech-Savvy Solutions: Embrace energy-efficient appliances in H-Town. Upgrade to energy-star rated products for substantial long-term savings.

Shade Solutions for the Coolest Residents in Texas: Let’s go green without a lot of effort, you can plant trees or install shading devices to block the sun's direct rays. This simple trick can significantly reduce indoor temperatures.

Houston residents have the opportunity to proactively manage their energy costs during this unprecedented heatwave. By implementing these localized tips from Abacus Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical, you can stay comfortable while keeping your energy bills in check. As the temperatures soar, take control of your energy consumption and enjoy a cooler, more cost-effective home.


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