Lowering your energy bill during record-setting heat


AUSTIN (KXAN) — As Central Texas is gripped by record-breaking heat, Austin Energy is reminding customers they are monitoring the increased usage of power.

In an effort to keep customers informed about how much power their home is consuming, Austin Energy is encouraging customers to take advantage of its web app.

“It allows you to track how much energy you are using in 15-minute increments, or by day and month,” says Jennifer Herber with Austin Energy. “This allows you to have a visual of what you’re using in an effort to help you reduce your energy usage.”

In addition to the app, Austin Energy encourages customers to run ceiling or floor fans to lower the temperature inside the home, close blinds and keep the thermostat set to 78 degrees.

“That’s really the ideal temperature to keep your AC unit from running all the time. And if you use a wifi thermostat, you can remotely change your temperature up to 82 degrees when you’re at work to cut down on your energy when you’re not at home,” says Herber.

Austin Energy offers rebates for wifi thermostats. 

Monday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Spicewood Springs Library, Austin Energy and Austin Water will hold a community event to help residents learn about free ways to lower their energy costs. The public is invited to attend.

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