You Can Help Oncor Make a Better Texas!
By making small changes in your life, and enlisting your friends and family to help, you can make Texas a better place. Here are some easy ways to conserve:
Seven changes under $10. Want to help the environment and your wallet?
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the summer and 68 degrees or lower in the winter. Use ceiling fans to keep you comfortable at higher thermostat settings.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They typically use 70 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer. CFLs cost around $5, but by replacing one 100-watt incandescent light bulb with a 23-watt CFL, you can save an average of $6.16 per year. (Based on 2 hours/day of usage and an electricity rate of $.11 per kWh with a 23-watt CFL. Source: U.S. Department of Energy)
- Turn off unused lights and electronics when you leave a room.
- Weather-strip and caulk around windows and doors to prevent drafts. A gap of just one-quarter inch can let in as much air as a softball-size hole.
- Line dry your clothes. The dryer uses six times more electricity than the washing machine and costs the average home $96 per year. (Electricity rate $.11 per kWh. Source: U.S. Department of Energy)
- Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save energy for water heating.
- Clean or replace the air filter for your air-conditioning unit once a month.
Be a savvy citizen! Energy efficiency isn't the only way to make Texas a better place:
- Clean out your closet, separating the clothes you wear from the ones you haven't worn in a long time. Donate these clothes to a local charity.
- Use reusable drinking glasses instead of plastic water bottles and Styrofoam cups. If you must drink out of cans or bottles, please recycle them.
- Ride public transportation or carpool. This can save you money on gas and parking fees and help the environment by reducing emissions.
- Pick up trash along the roadside or whenever you see it and dispose of it properly. It’s not your responsibility, but litter is everyone's problem. Keeping Texas beautiful helps us all.
- Conserve water. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or washing your face. Take shorter showers and use a low-flow showerhead—a small investment that can make a big difference in water and utility bills.