August 9, 2019 – Hotter temperatures have prompted a statewide heat advisory, and in San Antonio, temperatures are expected to hover at or above 100 degrees for the next week. Despite this, CPS Energy customers can stay comfortable while also saving energy and money. As the highest energy demand typically happens between 3 and 7 p.m., CPS Energy is urging customers to take action to reduce their energy consumption.
Here are some tips to help customers keep their bills manageable:
- Set thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher from 3-7 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; shut off from 4-6 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.
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.
Customers can also follow the tips below to make sure they stay safe during this heat wave:
- Hydrate. Drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Stay in air-conditioned areas, if possible. The City of San Antonio has multiple cooling centers open throughout the area that can be used.
- If you must be outside, take breaks often in shaded areas.
- Wear a hat, as well as lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
The utility’s goal is to make sure customers stay safe and keep energy consumption low during peak times. This ultimately helps CPS Energy’s continuous effort to ensure all customers have reliable and affordable service.