Texas Electric Consumer Tips: How to Save on Your Electric Bill in a Web 2.0 World

by jsgs45 on April 16, 2010

We live in a Web 2.0, plugged-in world. There are all sorts of gizmos and gadgets that have become a part of our lives that weren’t there just a couple of decades ago. Think about all the tools you use now – on a regular basis — that you didn’t use a few years ago, eg:

Home Computer: Nowadays, having a home computer has become as necessary for many households as having a television. And, not only that, we are a mobile society, so many have . . .

Laptops: For those on the go, these are as necessary as car keys.

Mp3 Player: Who can do without their tunes when you’re away from home or your car? This has become almost as common as . . .

Cell Phone: The cell phone. This one device has become as necessary to most as the roof over their heads. And, as we like to stay connected . . .

Blackberry: There’s the blackberry. You can access the internet, make phone calls, schedule meetings and heck, you may even be able to start the oven with it if you look hard enough for that button on it.

iPhone: The newest, shiniest tool in the cell phone/blackerryesque arsenal. After all, gotta have the latest, right?

DVD Players: VCR, that ancient relic has been retired to the Museum of Natural History. Now it’s the DVD player for movie time.

What do all of these have in common? The need for power.

To save on energy while staying plugged into this Web 2.0 world we live in, following are some things you can do.

2 Ways to Save While Staying Plugged into a Web 2.0 World

Use power management tools: For example, on laptops and home computers, set monitors to switch to sleep mode if it’s going to be idle for more than five or 10 minutes.

Unplug: When items are fully charged, unplug them – not only the physical device, but pull the plug from the wall outlet. Some energy experts estimate that up to 40% of energy is used when a plug is in the wall – even if no device is attached to it.

Save More: When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Electric Plan?

You could be spending even more money on electricity – without even knowing it. How? By not checking to see if you qualify for no-deposit electric service plans.

Many Texas electric consumers stay with their old plans out of habit. Now, you have the power to choose. So – especially if you’re on a pre-paid electric service plan, check with your current electricity company to see which no-deposit plans you may qualify for.

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