SAN ANTONIO – As residents in South Texas already know, summer weather can be brutal -- with temperatures reaching 100 degrees and higher.
High-energy demand days are a few days each summer when demand for electricity is highest, and they typically occur from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on very hot days, according to CPS Energy.
Here are four tips from the energy provider on how you can potentially save money on your energy bill by conserving energy with electronics.
- Turn off lights, and unplug televisions and other equipment when you leave a room. Use power strips to make this quick and easy.
- All electrical devices use some power and can generate heat when they are turned off but still plugged in. Turn off and unplug lights, appliances and cable boxes when not in use.
- Unplug your phone charger and similar devices when charging is complete.
- Video game consoles can be big energy consumers. Avoid watching DVDs and Blu-ray discs on your game console because it consumes five times the energy of a regular DVD player.
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Here’s where your energy goes, according to CPS Energy:
If you’re curious to know what makes up your energy bill, heating and cooling take the most energy at 58%, water heating is 13%, lighting is third at 10%, refrigeration is 7%, and cooking and other appliances make up 6%.
Since Texas is in some of its hottest months of the year, energy conservation will be necessary for all of the residents in Bexar County, if people are aiming to keep their electric bills manageable. Click or tap here to learn how to save energy.
CPS Energy continues to be flexible when working with customers to ensure they are on one of many assistance programs during this time of need. The company has a variety of money-saving and general assistance programs available for customers. To learn more, click here.