Texas Electric Customers: Why a Room Air Conditioner Can Save You a Lot on Your Electric Bill

by admin on March 30, 2010

If you’ve survived a hot Texas summer, your air conditioner is probably your best friend. But, it can be an expensive friend to have around as heating and cooling your home accounts for approximately half of your monthly energy bill.  That’s right – half.

With this in mind, an energy efficient air conditioner is the first step in saving big money on your electric bill.

When it comes to an air conditioner, bigger is not necessarily always better. In fact, a larger air conditioner may perform less efficiently than an appropriately sized unit that fits the parameters of a given room.

Why Room Air Conditioners Save You Money

A room air conditioner can perform better because it is easier for it to maintain a constant temperature in the appropriately sized space. This means you won’t have to keep adjusting the temperature by tuning it on, off, up or down.

Furthermore, room air conditioners perform better when they are allowed to run for relatively long periods of time. This is so because the longer an air conditioner runs. The more moisture it removes from the air. This reduces humidity and makes a room feel cooler.

How to Save Even More on Your Electric Bill

If you want to save even more on your Texas electric bill, evaluate the plan you’re on. This is particularly important for low-income and/or credit-challenged customers. Why? Because many are on prepaid electric service plans, paying double or triple the amount they could be paying.

What many of these consumers don’t realize is that traditional Texas electricity suppliers have programs specifically aimed at helping low income and credit challenged consumers. For example, Texas’ LITE-UP program. Not only is it a “no deposit electric plan,” it gives discounts to consumers for five of the hottest months out of the year (May through September).

If you currently have a prepaid electric service plan, or are looking for a way to lower your monthly energy bill, contact the Public Utility Commission of Texas or your electric service provider to inquire about programs to help you.

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