Electricity savings ideas to beat summer cooling expenses - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Electricity savings ideas to beat summer cooling expenses

Posted: Updated:

 

TYLER (KYTX) - While Texans can't get away from the summer heat, there are steps electricity consumers can take to lower electric costs.

It's a cool 77 degrees in the H.C. Dionne energy efficient house. He hasn't always lived in the home.

"The last place we actually owned a home, we was paying around anywhere between 250 to 300 or more," said Dionne.

The highest he's paid since moving a year and half ago into his energy efficient  home a year and a half ago. The highest he's paid has been $80, the lowest just under $14.

For people living in energy efficient homes, insulation is really what helps them keep their bills down,but for people living in your typical apartment of home, Oncor says their are some steps you can take to cut down on your electric bill."

Aside from remembering to turn off the light when you leave the room, turn the thermostat up a few degrees.

"It doesn't make sense to sit in your home and sweat," said Customer Operations Manager for Oncor Charles Hill.

He said raising the temperature and using a fan could make it feel cooler.
 
"Every degree you raise you save," Hill said.

The condition of your air filters play a major role in electricity cost. As a matter of fact, Hill said they should be changed every month.   

"Just a little bit of dirt on that filter really reduces the efficiency of your unit," HIll said.

It's the little things that really start to add up. From running washer and dishwasher machines during the day versus at night, to not plugging appliances that aren't being used.

"Every little thing may not be much, but when you have 10 of those little things then that becomes a bigger issue," said Hill.

It's a bigger and more costly issue, one Dionne is happy he no longer has to deal with.
  

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Capital Murder defendant Calvert wheeled, unwilling, into district courtroom

    Capital Murder defendant Calvert wheeled, unwilling, into district courtroom

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:38:39 GMT
    James Calvert was wheeled into Judge Jack Skeen Junior's courtroom Thursday afternoon in what appeared to be a catatonic state and seemingly restrained as deputies balanced him on a wheelchair while supporting his legs.More >>
    James Calvert was wheeled into Judge Jack Skeen Junior's courtroom Thursday afternoon in what appeared to be a catatonic state and seemingly restrained as deputies balanced him on a wheelchair while supporting his legs.More >>
  • Officer Involved Shooting Suspect's Mom Speaks Out

    Officer Involved Shooting Suspect's Mom Speaks Out

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:13:22 GMT
    LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Hope Fountain says the shadow of recent events has covered up who her son really was."You'll never replace those hugs and those smiles. He would always be there for you no matter what." - Hope Fountain, Wagner's MotherGregg County Jail Records show that Wagner has a violent past but Fountain says he has regretted his crimes since the day they were committed. In 2013, Wagner plead guilty to terroristic threats of a public servant. Fountain says Wagner was going through a roug...More >>
    LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Hope Fountain says the shadow of recent events has covered up who her son really was."You'll never replace those hugs and those smiles. He would always be there for you no matter what." - Hope Fountain, Wagner's MotherGregg County Jail Records show that Wagner has a violent past but Fountain says he has regretted his crimes since the day they were committed. In 2013, Wagner plead guilty to terroristic threats of a public servant. Fountain says Wagner was going through a roug...More >>
  • Longview Man Vows to Run Across Texas

    Longview Man Vows to Run Across Texas

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:00:29 GMT
    LONGVIEW (KYTX) -A man from Longview will be making a 762-mile journey across Texas.Oleus Lilly is lacing up and currently training to run across Texas. He will be running 26 miles a day for the enitire month of October. Lilly will be teaming up with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and raise money for the organization. He says in '07 he lost his grandmother to breast cancer and she is his inspiration. "She would always come to my house to visit and I would never be there. She s...More >>
    LONGVIEW (KYTX) -A man from Longview will be making a 762-mile journey across Texas.Oleus Lilly is lacing up and currently training to run across Texas. He will be running 26 miles a day for the enitire month of October. Lilly will be teaming up with the American Cancer Society to raise awareness and raise money for the organization. He says in '07 he lost his grandmother to breast cancer and she is his inspiration. "She would always come to my house to visit and I would never be there. She s...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.