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721 Barton Springs Road

Austin, TX 78704

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Save Energy for What Matters

Small changes help add up to big savings. Whether you live in a house, a condo, or an apartment, you can try easy ways to reduce your home energy usage and save energy for what matters.

From DIY tips that require little to no effort or out-of-pocket expense to easy ways to make bigger changes, Austin Energy offers you many ways to save. Over time, you can see your energy efficiency grow while your electric bill shrinks.

  • Instant In-Store Savings – Find instant savings on energy efficient products when you shop at local stores.
  • Weatherization Assistance – Take a few minutes to see if you qualify for free home energy improvements.
  • Thermostat Incentives – Get up to $155 in thermostat rebates and incentives November 27 through January 31.
  • Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® – Enjoy up to $2,400 in rebates on home energy upgrades through April 15.
  • Austin Energy Web App – Access the Austin Energy web app, anytime day or night.
  • Easy Savings Tips – Make easy changes like adjusting your thermostat. See our full tips list below!

Stay Warm During the Winter

  • Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower. Each degree higher uses 3% more energy.
  • Lower your thermostat when you leave home. You’ll use much less energy to heat the house while you are away.
  • Let the sun shine in. Open curtains and shades on eastern and southern windows during the day to let in more heat, then close them in the evening.
  • Add insulation to water heaters and hot water pipes to save energy and money. This is inexpensive and easy.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip windows and doors. This simple and inexpensive improvement prevents drafts.
  • Clean or change air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your system work longer than necessary
  • Switch the fans. Switch the setting on ceiling fans to run clockwise at a low speed. This gentle updraft helps push warm air near the ceiling down into your living space.
  • Maintain your fireplace. When not in use, make sure your fireplace damper is closed to prevent heat from escaping up the chimney.
  • Clean or change air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your system work longer than necessary.
  • If you have central air and heat, do not close vents in unused rooms. This could increase pressure and cause duct leaks.
  • Use a programmable, Internet-connected thermostat. It will automatically adjust the temperature and save you money while you're asleep or away. From November 27 through January 31, earn $155 in incentives from Austin Energy for purchasing and installing an eligible internet-connected thermostat and enrolling to participate in Power Partner events.

Light Up Your Home for Less

  • Install Light-Emitting Diode (LED) light bulbs. ENERGY STAR® qualified LEDs use at least 75% less electricity, generate less heat, and last about 50 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, and five times longer than Compact Florescent Light bulbs (CFLs).
  • Use task lights instead of lighting an entire room.
  • Use photocells on your outdoor lights.
  • Turn off unneeded lights, even when leaving a room for a short time. Lights generate heat that increases room temperature. Lighting accounts for about 10% of your energy use.

Get instant, in-store savings on LEDs and other energy-efficient products

Don’t Let Your Electronics Waste Energy

  • Unplug appliances, chargers, and electronic devices when you are not using them. They use energy even when they are turned off.
  • Use power strips in home offices, entertainment centers, and other areas. Turn the strip off when not in use.
  • Purchase a "smart strip" that powers only the devices that need to stay on.
  • Use timers on surge protectors when they are difficult to get to.
  • Use ENERGY STAR® products (some use as little as 1 watt on stand-by).
  • Turn off ceiling fans when you leave the room. Fans cool people, not rooms.

Use Our Web App to Monitor Your Energy Usage

With Austin Energy's interactive web app, you can monitor your daily energy consumption, view your bill history, and see a future forecast of your energy bill.

Learn how to register and get started using the Austin Energy App

Manage Energy Use with Laundry and Dishes

  • Run washing machines and dishwashers on a full load.
  • Choose the air dry cycle on your dishwasher.
  • Dry loads of clothes back-to-back to take advantage of heat built up in the dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter after every load. Your dryer will dry more efficiently, requiring less running time.

Control Your Water Heater

  • Set the temperature no higher than 120 degrees to save around $45 a year.
  • Wrap your water heater with an insulation blanket. This can reduce energy use by 10% to 15%. An insulating blanket will pay for itself in less than a year.
  • Consider installing a timer on your water heater.  This will keep it from heating the water continuously when the temperature goes below the thermostat setting. The water heater will only heat water when the timer allows.

Cook and Cool Smart in the Kitchen

  • Save energy in the kitchen. Energy use in the kitchen can account for as much as 15% of your electric bill.
  • Check your refrigerator and freezer temperatures. You can save up to 25% by setting your refrigerator temperature between 35 and 38 degrees and your freezer to 0 degrees.
  • Gently vacuum the refrigerator's condenser coils about every three months. Excessive dust buildup makes the refrigerator work harder and run longer. The coils are located in the back or under the bottom of the refrigerator.
  • Make sure your refrigerator and freezer doors seal properly. To test, close the door over a dollar bill. If the dollar pulls out easily, you may need to replace the seal around the door or adjust the door latch.
  • Let food cool before placing in refrigerator (unless the recipe says otherwise). Warm food will cause your refrigerator to run more.
  • Cook outdoors, use a slow cooker, or use the microwave to save energy. Microwaves use up to 80% less energy, cook food up to 75% faster, and produce much less heat than an electric or gas oven.
  • Give your oven and wallet a break by using the oven light to check on food instead of opening the oven door. Oven temperature drops by 25 to 30 degrees every time you open the oven door, which slows cooking.
  • If you are using your oven for an hour or more, shut the kitchen off from the rest of your home and turn on the stove exhaust to help take heat out.
  • Never place aluminum foil on an oven bottom (for instance, to catch drippings). The foil may block heat or air circulation and reduce the oven temperature as much as 50 degrees. It may also interfere with even browning.
  • Cook with lids on pots to reduce energy use and heat. This will bring liquids to a boil more quickly and will allow continued cooking at lower temperature settings.
  • Use glass and ceramic pans. They retain heat better than metal pans and can lower the baking temperature by 25 degrees.
  • Cover exhaust fans when not in use. An open kitchen exhaust fan allows hot/cold outside air to come into your home. Low-cost covers are available to cover exhaust fan openings.

Save Even More with Whole Home Energy Upgrades

If you are ready to make whole-home energy upgrades, and your home is more than 10 years old, our award-winning Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program offers rebates and loans to help offset the costs of your improvements.

Limited Time Offer! Through April 15, 2021, enjoy an additional $600 rebate for rebate-only projects. Austin Energy rebates for this program typically average $1,800, but with our Limited Time Offer you may enjoy as much as $2,400 in rebates!

Want to learn more about these energy upgrades? See our interactive guide: Home Energy Improvements Explained.

To get started, contact a few of our registered contractors and learn the recommended energy efficiency improvements for your home.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Rebate

Enjoy Free Home Energy Improvements, Now Available to More Austin Energy Customers

Austin Energy’s Weatherization Assistance provides free home energy improvements to eligible customers. Whether you rent or own, these free improvements can help make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, saving you energy and money year-round.

Learn more about Weatherization Assistance and take a few minutes to apply today.

COVID-19 Precautions

As essential workers, Austin Energy and contractor crews will always be in the community providing safe, reliable energy to our city.

Austin Energy and contractor crews are following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to protect themselves and members of the community.

The utility urges customers to do the same to ensure everyone’s health and safety and not to approach crews unless necessary to exchange information.

Austin Energy crew members will:

  • Remain at least six feet back to maintain physical distancing
  • Wear a recommended face covering

Explore Customer Assistance Programs

The City of Austin offers the following programs to help customers facing temporary and long-term financial difficulties as well as serious financial problems:

 

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Austin Energy

Customer Energy Solutions

721 Barton Springs Road

Austin, TX 78704

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Date last reviewed or modified: 11/20/20
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