Energy efficiency means making wise choices to use less energy like:
• reducing unnecessary usage by turning lights off when you leave a room
• setting your thermostat at comfortable rather than cold setting on a hot day
• installing efficient appliances and electronic devices that are ENERGY STAR® rated
Heating and cooling equipment accounts for half of a home’s energy use, followed by large appliances and electronic devices, water heating equipment, and lighting. At the bottom of the page there are more tips on how to reduce your energy usage. Remember—the less energy you use, the more money you save!
KPUB offers several programs to help customers use less and save more, including: POWERHOUSE™ Education, Residential Energy Audits, Tree Power, and Weatherization. Click on the links to the left for more information on those programs.
In addition, KPUB is currently reassessing its Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy efforts to ensure that KPUB programs are up to date with the newest technologies and cost saving opportunities!
• Set your thermostat between 78 and 80 degrees during warm months. During colder months, a thermostat setting of between 68 to 70 degrees is recommended.
• Use a programmable thermostat to manage your daily heating and cooling needs.
• Try ceiling or portable fans to circulate air and make a room feel cooler.
• Turn off the television, fan and lights or lamps when you leave a room.
• Buy CFLs to replace less-efficient incandescent bulbs.
• Purchase energy-efficient appliances and products. Check the Energy Guide label and look for the ENERGY STAR® logo when purchasing these items.
• Turn off or unplug electronic devices, such as computers, power tools, cell phone chargers, digital cameras, and MP3s, when they are not being used.
• Reduce your use of hot water – take short showers, use cold water to wash clothes, etc.
• Call us for a Residential Energy Audit to reduce common inefficiencies.
Here are a few publications from the Public Utility Commission of Texas regarding smart meters and safety:
The following link describes KPUB's current remote read meter infrastructure and illustrates KPUB's preliminary plans to evaluate the need for "smart grid" technologies: