New Braunfels Edition | July 2021

Summer Conservation To keep your utility bill as low as possible, take advantage of the following tips and information and help save water, energy, and money during the hot summer months.

Energy Conservation Tips

Water Conservation Tips

Indoor • Take showers instead of baths. • Never use the toilet to dispose of trash. • Do not allow the water to run while brushing your teeth or shaving. • Only run the dishwasher with a full load. • Install aerators on your kitchen and bathroom faucets to use less water. • Install a low-flow showerhead. • Your drinking water will be much more refreshing if you keep a container of it in the refrigerator! Running water, from the tap, until it is cool is wasteful. Outdoor • Harvest the rain. Buy or make a rain barrel or a cistern to collect water for your plants. REBATE OFFER * • Use drought-tolerant plants that are adapted to this area to reduce outdoor water use by 20 to 50 percent. • Wash your car with a bucket and sponge instead of a running hose. • Avoid watering on windy days. • Set sprinklers to water the lawn, not sidewalks and driveways. • Water before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. Evaporation losses are up to 60 percent higher during the day. REBATE OFFER *

Adjust the Thermostat • For maximum comfort and energy efficiency in your home, set your summer thermostat to 78 degrees. • Save energy while you are away by installing a smart thermostat. Some new thermostats are also Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled from your mobile devices. Lights • Increase your home comfort level by only turning on lights you need, especially during the late afternoon hours to save energy during the hottest part of the day. • Making the switch to LED lights in the home can save energy not only because they use less electricity than traditional bulbs, but they also produce less heat! AC/Heating System • Replace the filters once a month — or more often if they get dirty. General REBATE OFFER * • One of the easiest ways to reduce energy usage on a hot afternoon is to simply leave the house. Try a new restaurant, read a book at the library, or enjoy some time in the parks. • Ceiling fans are a great way to increase the comfort of a room. Fans can make you feel up to four degrees cooler than the thermostat setting! REBATE OFFER *

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