Energy ConservationThe City of Seagoville is not a provider of electricity, but here are some resources to help you save electricity and lower your energy bill.
- Search for rebates and offers on energy efficient rebates at EnergyStar.gov
- Information on tax incentives for energy efficient appliances can be found at Energy.gov
- Oncor's Energy Conservation Tips
- State of Texas Energy Conservation Office
- Texas Public Utility District Conservation Tips
Ways to Save
- Turn the light off when you leave the room.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). CFLs use 75% less electricity and produce 90% less heat.
- Install and use a programmable thermostat - raise the temperature during the day when you're not home, and to cool the house down before you arrive home.
- Properly used, a programmable thermostat can save 10-20% of your energy use.
- Stop air conditioner leaks. Check your ducts to see if there are any leaks and seal them with mastic tape if needed.
- Caulk and weather-strip doors, windows, and pipe clearances. You can save as much as 10% on cooling costs relatively inexpensively by sealing these leaks.
- Properly maintain your air conditioner. Check air filters once a month and replace at least every three months as dirty filters make your system run and work harder than necessary. If your air-conditioner is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with a newer, more efficient model that can use up to 40% less energy than older models. Ensure any new unit is properly sized and correctly installed. Bigger is not always better.
- Open the window or add layers of clothing instead of running the air conditioner/heater.
- Ventilate and insulate the attic. Proper ventilation reduces the temperature and moisture buildup, which can cause the air conditioner to work harder. Proper insulation with high R-value insulation will keep more cool air in the house.
- Add shade trees and shrubs around your house to reduce your cooling costs. Adding shade to your air conditioner unit will cause it to operate more efficiently and use less energy.
- Consider energy cost when buying new appliances. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies that use 10-50% less energy and water than standard models.
- Improve your windows. If your home has single pane windows, consider replacing them with more energy efficient windows, or adding solar shades or tinting film.