NRG Summer Bill Tips

Energy Saving Tips to Lower Your Summer Electricity Bill

Summer Bill Tips

If you’ve ever received a high energy bill, your first thought was most likely: “Why are my charges so high this month?” Many factors contribute to high electricity bills — in particular, the weather. That's why summer is often the time Texas electricity customers see a spike in their bills.

When the summer heat rolls in, it can be tempting to crank up the AC throughout the day, but many energy-saving alternatives can prevent racking up your energy bill. We have great ideas to take advantage of summer weather, like using the bright sunshine for drying laundry and the natural breeze to help cool your house. Implement these energy-saving habits as well as our other tips to save on electric bills all year long, and you might find a lower energy bill in your mailbox.

Why is my electric bill so high in the summer?

Weather changes tend to correlate with spikes in energy bills because the harder your heating and air conditioning system works to make your home comfortable, the more energy you use. If you live in an area with excessive humidity, then your heating and air conditioning system will work harder to remove moisture from the air. A few signs of humidity in your home may include moist air, fogged-up windows or a musty smell. Humidity and heat can both contribute to a higher-than-normal electricity bill.

How can I make the most of the AC?

We suggest setting the temperature on your air conditioning system to 78 while home and increasing it by four degrees when you'll be away for four hours or more. It's the "four-by-four" principle. If 78 degrees feels hot, a ceiling fan or portable fan can make you feel significantly cooler but will use far less energy than your HVAC system. Additionally, it is critical to keep up with regular maintenance and tune-ups to make sure your AC can handle the heat when it’s time for summer.1

When you run your AC, think about ways the cool air could be escaping from the intended area. Prevent cool air loss by weather-stripping doors.

What are other good energy-saving tips for the summer?

  • Turn off lights during the daytime.
  • Opt for thermal drapes or black-out curtains to keep the heat outside your home and the cool air inside.
  • Install ceiling fans and set the blades to rotate counter-clockwise to circulate cool air.2
  • Change your air filter regularly to ensure the AC is running at its best.
  • Take advantage of the warm weather to hang laundry outside to dry. Running the dryer not only requires a great deal of electricity, but also raises the overall temperature of the house.
  • When you leave for vacation, raise the temperature on your thermostat so your AC will not drive up your bill while you are away.

What can I do to control my energy costs?

  • Sign up for average billing to get a more consistent energy bill each month. With average billing, your bill is determined based on your energy usage from the last 12 months at your address.
  • Sign up for AccountAlerts, a text notification service that automatically alerts you when your costs exceed a set amount and/or your daily usage jumps by 25 percent. 
  • Download the Reliant App to check your balance whenever you please, and manage your account from wherever you are. 
  • Get an AC Tune-Up to make sure your system is working properly and efficiently.
  • Call 1-888-339-7378 to speak with a Reliant energy expert who can answer questions you may have about making the most out of your energy usage.

If you need more information or assistance with your summer bill, call us at 1-866-735-4268.


1U.S. Department of Energy http://energy.gov/energysaver/spring-and-summer-energy-saving-tips

2U.S. Department of Energy http://energy.gov/articles/tipsenergy-how-save-energy-summer