Easy steps can curb home heat bills

CPS Energy offers $150 bill credit with thermostat program

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SAN ANTONIO – It may be 70-plus degrees in November, but when Old Man Winter comes knocking, those utility bills can heat up.

CPS Energy is offering simple tips to curb costs and reap a $150 bill credit through its My Thermostat Rewards Program.

Beginning after Thanksgiving, CPS Energy customers who buy and install a qualified Wi-Fi programmable thermostat and enroll in the My Thermostat Rewards Program will get a $150 credit on their bill and a $30 per year credit for every year they stay in the program.

The program allows CPS Energy to cut in during peak demand times and adjust thermostats a few degrees in order to reduce the city's demand and help stabilize the state energy grid.

CPS Energy's Albert Cantu said consumers remain in control.

"If there is ever a time when we are running a conservation event and we are going to be adjusting thermostats two or three degrees, customers always have the option to go in and opt out." 

The offer is available through the end of January.

To cut winter heating costs, CPS Energy's John Moreno said customers should start with their thermostat and keep it between 68 and 70 degrees.

"For every degree you adjust, you can save 7 to 10 percent per degree on that heating or cooling cost."

Other tips include:

  • Check filters at least once a month and change when dirty.

  • Seal drafty window and doors with weatherstripping and caulk. A rolled up towel or stuffed sock will do, too.

  • Cover outdoor window AC units.

  • Insulate outdoor water heaters.

  • Adjust ceiling fans to run clockwise, drawing warm air down.

  • Have your HVAC system checked by a licensed pro before the weather turns cold.

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