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When extreme temperatures cause strain on the electric grid – you can take action! Watch for alerts on Facebook and Twitter.

Did you know you can help manage your New Braunfels Utilities bill by conserving energy?

Exterior Actions

  • Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shut off from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • In the summer, close window blinds/shades during the day. Also, solar screens will help reduce heat gain.
  • Ensure doors and windows are sealed properly. Any light through the door indicates a penetration of air coming into the home.

Interior Actions

  • Avoid using large appliances (i.e. ovens, washing machines, etc.), during peak demand hours of 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Ensure that your air filters are kept clean and replaced regularly to increase efficiency.
  • Check the temperature of water heaters. An average temperature of a water heater should be around 120 degrees.

Other Actions

  • Turn off lights, computers, and other electronic devices whenever possible. Replacing regular incandescent bulbs with more efficient light-emitting diode bulbs (LED).
  • Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity consuming equipment, as much as possible.
  • Commercial customers of electricity should consider reducing nonessential production processes.