Set Your Thermostat - Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative

Set Your Thermostat - Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative
Don’t let Texas weather extremes deplete
your bank account. This handy
guide can help you calculate how
to save energy – and money. The
illustrations show potential savings
in cooling and heating costs in
summer and in winter. See how
adjusting your thermostat just a few degrees higher or
lower makes a difference. For example, if you keep your AC
at the recommended 78 degrees during summer, try setting
it just one degree higher – at 79 degrees – and you could save
1 percent of your cost. Is it cold outside? Throw on a sweater and
move your recommended 68-degree winter thermostat setting down
to 67 to cut your heating bill by as much as 1 percent.
What’s
the right
setting to
save you
money?
5% less $
4% less $
3% less $
2% less $
1% less $
1% more $
2% more $
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5% more $
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Warm85˚
84˚
Weather
83˚
82˚
81˚
80˚
79˚
Recommended
78˚
setting
77˚
76˚
75˚
74˚
73˚
72˚
71˚
By the U.S. Department
of Energy
Many variables such as weather, size of house, and age and efficiency of
AC/heating system can affect these percentage savings.
How to
Set Your Thermostat
AND SAVE
Get more energy-saving tips at
bluebonnet.coop under the
Net Energy Market tab.
75˚ Cool
74˚
Weather
73˚
72˚
71˚
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69˚
Recommended
68˚ setting
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66˚
65˚
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63˚
62˚
61˚
By the U.S. Department
of Energy
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66˚
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5% more $
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3% more $
2% more $
1% more $
1% less $
2% less $
3% less $
4% less $
5% less $
Source: TXU.com (Click on Solutions & Savings, then Seasonal Saving Tips)
bluebonnet.coop • 800-842-7708
Save Money, Save Energy
Reduce your impact on the environment and your
wallet with these low- or no-cost saving tips.
Heating and Cooling
• In summer, keep your home or business at 78-80 degrees and above 80 degrees when away. In
winter, keep it 65-68 degrees and 60-65 degrees when away.
• Clean or replace air filters once a month to keep heating and AC systems running efficiently.
• Install a programmable smart thermostat to manage your heating and cooling more efficiently.
• Supplement air conditioning with ceiling fans to increase comfort.
• In the winter, open shades on south-facing windows to let sunlight warm your house.
Appliances
• Wash a full load of clothes and use cold water when possible. Hang your clothes to dry
to save energy.
• Wait until you have a full load to run the dishwasher and let your dishes air dry.
• Shop for ENERGY STAR-rated products.
Electronics
• Plug home electronics - TVs, stereos and DVD players - into power strips that can be turned off
when not in use.
Lighting
• Use only CFL or LED bulbs, which last up to 10 times longer and use 75 percent less energy.
• Use timers and dimmers to lower light levels and reduce energy, and use natural lighting when
possible.
Water
• Lower the temperature on your water heater. Take short showers and use low-flow showerheads.
Windows and Doors
• Caulk/weather strip doors and windows. Install windows with coated glass that can cut heat loss
by up to 50 percent.
Find more home and business efficiency tips as well as information about ENERGY STAR appliances
and home energy audits at bluebonnet.coop. Hover your cursor over Net Energy Market, then click
Saving Energy.
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