Oncor Efficiency FAQs
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How can I conserve water in my home?
Don’t run your dishwasher or clothes washer until they’re full. You also can install low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators to reduce hot water use.
How can I save energy with every day use of household items?
There are several, easy ways to conserve.
- Use the no-heat dry option on your dishwasher. This will let your dishes air dry instead of using energy.
- Dry heavy items (blankets, towels, etc.) and light-weight items in separate loads. Light clothes can dry on a shorter cycle, saving energy.
- Clean your lint filter before every dryer load.
- Install a clothesline and let clothes air dry on a sunny day.
How can I save money on heating and cooling costs?
Saving is simple with a programmable thermostat. Affordable and easy to install, programmable thermostats can be set to automatically raise or lower the temperature overnight or when you’re away. Oncor recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and 68 degrees Fahrenheit in winter, which will save you about 5 to 15 percent on heating and cooling costs.
What should I look for when considering new windows?
There are several things to consider :
- Look for ENERGY STAR®-qualified models
- Ask about low E-Glass. Its special coating will reflect infrared light, keeping heat in during the winter and out during the summer.
- Also look for multiple panes; they insulate much better than single pane glass.
- Make sure the window has an efficient frame to reduce heat transfer.
- Look for warm edge spacers made of steel, foam, fiberglass or vinyl. They reduce heat flow and prevent condensation and will keep a window’s glass panes the correct distance apart.