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How to Save Energy in Texas this Summer

Posted by: Javier Vilchis | 06/14/2021 at 05:11 PM



Keep Cool with Summer Energy Tips for Your Home and Business

Hot Texas summers are here to stay, and this year is no different. When the demand for electricity surges in Texas, the state’s grid operator, ERCOT, asks Texas customers to conserve energy. Here are a few simple ways to dial your usage back to help ensure reliable service for everyone.

  • Adjust your thermostat a few degrees. Raise it when it’s hot and lower it when it’s cold.
  • Running your fan counterclockwise will also keep cool air from rising.
  • Use appliances, like washing machines, dryers and ovens sparingly during the afternoons and early evenings when demand for electricity peaks.
  • Unplug any electronics that aren’t being used.
  • Turn your blinds upward to reduce incoming heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a difference?
All it takes is a few simple changes. Adjust your thermostat, turn off lights, and use appliances sparingly during peak demand times.

How far in advance do you know when an event like this could happen?
Surges in demand can be unpredictable. We’ll always do our best to give you advance notice so you can conserve, though in some cases that may be the same day or next day.

What happens if people don't conserve during an event?
ERCOT, the state’s grid operator, could implement brief, controlled outages across the state. In extreme cases, Texans could experience unplanned outages. Periods of especially high demand can also lead to higher wholesale power prices.

What if I get notified when I'm not at home to adjust my thermostat?
No worries. You can always help next time.

Are bill-payment resources available after periods of high usage?

  • Yes. Please call us if you need a little flexibility or would like to set up a longer-term payment plan, we’re here for you from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., seven days a week at (877) 282-6248.
  • Ambit Energy Aid™ can help year-round if you ever need help with your bill. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211texas.org to find out about Ambit Energy Aid and other programs that can help.


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