Record high temperatures are expected for San Antonio and Texas this summer. Even so, CPS Energy customers will be able to stay comfortable, while also saving money and energy. Following simple tips over the summer will help San Antonio, and also benefit the State of Texas. Following simple tips over the entire summer will help ensure that power is used wisely, while minimizing energy-intensive tasks, especially during peak usage hours. In short, CPS Energy’s Simple Summer Savings campaign will promote energy efficiency and help the San Antonio community conserve energy at this important time.
CPS Energy is therefore proactively asking their customers to join in to implement some low-cost energy saving measures through their Simple Summer Savings campaign. The campaign cleverly frames summer savings through connected phrases about applying “sunblock” and “disconnecting from it all,” with simple pointers about keeping windows shaded and unplugging appliances that aren’t in use.
“By making simple adjustments to energy-use habits, customers can simultaneously reduce their need for power and save money,” said Felecia Etheridge, the Chief Customer Engagement Officer (CCEO) for CPS Energy. “Our new campaign educates and encourages customers to take simple steps to reduce their consumption. This is especially important as we prepare for record-breaking peak usage this summer. While CPS Energy has enough energy capacity for our customers, our community’s ability to reduce demand will help everyone in Texas. More explicitly, conservation can clearly help prevent rotating power outages.”
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers, representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric needs. CPS Energy is proud to work with ERCOT that functions as the grid operator for most of Texas to make sure there is enough electricity available for everyone.
To help customers address the hot, summer months, CPS Energy is highlighting how simple actions and taking advantage of existing energy conservation programs and products such as the availability of a FREE programmable thermostat and online energy management tools can help them save energy and save money.
To alert customers of “peak-energy days,” a series of billboards will be displayed across town along with supporting messages via CPS Energy’s social media channels, website, and media outreach asking for energy conservation. The Simple Summer Savings campaign will highlight the following energy informational actions and resources:
- Visit cpsenergy.com/summersavings for tips & tools
- Calculate costs & savings
- Attend a Simple Summer Savings event
- Sign up for Manage My Account
- Help us contact you with alerts by providing your phone number
- Visit My Energy Portal through Manage My Account
- Take an online home energy audit
- Set up high bill alerts
- Access more energy-saving tips
- Get a free smart thermostat
- Set A/C at 78-80 degrees when home and 3-5 degrees up when not at home
- Respond to a Peak Energy Day alert
- Do your part for San Antonio and Texas in conserving energy
There are key actions customers can take now like conserving energy throughout the hottest part of the day, between 3:00-7:00 p.m. Typically, ERCOT and CPS Energy see a spike in electric consumption during this time of day when area temperatures reach their highest and most people are returning home from work. Although electric demand is expected to be well below CPS Energy’s capacity, customers can help minimize the impact on the Texas grid by following a few simple tips.
To conserve energy at home, customers should:
- Set thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher, from 3:00-7:00 p.m.; set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home. The optimum energy saving temperature is 78 degrees.
- Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
- Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shutoff from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
- Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
- Avoid using large appliances (i.e. ovens, washing machines, etc.), especially during peak demand hours.
- Additionally, customers should conduct their pre-summer readiness maintenance to include having their HVAC system inspected by a licensed professional and ensuring their home is properly weatherized.
To Also increase energy effectiveness at work, business customers should:
- Minimize the use of electricity lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
- Consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
For more tips, visit cpsenergy.com/summersavings and follow CPS Energy on social media.