For some, setting the thermostat at 78 degrees is a standard habit. Good for them. For me, in the Texas summers, that’s just too hot. But today, July 31st, 2015, I’m going to take Direct Energy’s #78degreechallenge.
I’m part of the Reduce Your Use Rewards program, and during today’s peak event from 3pm – 7pm, if I cut back on my electricity usage by 10%, I’ll get 5% off my bill!*
What can I do to save energy at home?
- Turn off lights.
- Unplug appliances.
- No laundry, hair drying, or general activities that use power – it can wait!
- Set the thermostat to 78 degrees (or maybe I’ll get brave and even turn it off).
And get out of the house! Here are a few ideas for fellow Texans who are trying to help the community and our electric grid by reducing their usage during peak usage hours on the hottest summer days.
- Go to a museum
- Go to a waterpark
- Catch up on work at the office
- Treat yourself to dinner out
- See the latest movie
- Hit the mall
- Visit a family member’s home or a friend’s place, and remind them to turn off those extra lights
- Have kids? A community water hole, backyard sprinklers, or a kiddie pool have never been so much fun!
- Get a haircut
- Get a manicure
- Go to the gym
Basically, be anywhere but your house!
And remember, your safety comes first. If you have health reasons or a home situation that require you to keep temperatures cool, please take care of yourself. Just remember thank those community members reducing their usage to keep the Texas power grid in good shape!
Do you have any recommendations for activities you can do outside when it’s too hot inside your house?