The first day of summer may still be a week away, but the summer heat is here right now. That means you will probably see an increase in your energy bills. To help keep those bills down, TXU has partnered with the Whitehouse YMCA and the Greater East Texas Community Action Program to build energy efficiency awareness across the state. TXU used this house to show what can be done to save energy. The home owner was spending $500.00 a month on energy, when she should only be spending around a hundred.
"What we did is we actually did an inventory of the house and we realized underneath the house, the main deck had a huge hole, which means this resident is actually cooling the bottom of her house, and we are going to be able to save her a lot of money," said Sophia Stoller, TXU Spokesperson. Here are some summer energy saving tips you can use. First set your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Also, keep your blinds or curtains closed on the sunny side of your house. Next, use the energy saver switch on your dishwasher, and last use compact fluorescent bulbs in lamps and light fixtures. They use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs.