Pogo's Guide to Saving $$$ and Energy

Just by switching to Pogo Energy you've started saving up to $324/year on your energy bill!*

Now to go the extra mile, here are a few tips on how you can further reduce your electric bill AND stay cool or warm during the Texas summer and winter.

Summer Energy Saving Tips

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If you’re leaving home for more than 4 hours, raise your thermostat by 4 degrees (unless you have pets, then you may want to ask your vet about temperatures in your home).

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When you’re home, turn your ceiling fan on medium so that it’s pushing air down, then raise the thermostat temperature by 4 degrees.

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Wait to run your dishwasher at night and keep your curtains closed during the day to keep from adding extra heat in the house.

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Wash your laundry in cold water, then air dry your laundry – put that shower curtain bar to good use.

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During warm months, close blinds, shades & drapes on sunny side of home to reduce temperatures inside.

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Regularly clean and replace your cooling unit’s filters to save the most on home cooling.

Winter Energy Saving Tips

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If you’re leaving home for more than 4 hours, lower your thermostat to 68 degrees – UNLESS you have pets, set it to 73 degrees at least.

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Check on food through the oven window. Opening the oven decreases the temperature inside the oven by 25 degrees & extends cook time.

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Remove dust and dirt from your refrigerator condenser coils twice a year.

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Stop the breeze: Insulate your windows and keep hot air inside during the winter.

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In winter, run ceiling fans on low blowing air up (button up) – but only when you’re home.

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Open the shades, blinds, and drapes for the sun to help warm your home.

Energy Saving Tips by Frequency

  1. AIR DRY: Turn off the heated dry setting on your dishwasher

  2. FILL IT UP: Only run the dishwasher when filled to capacity (but not overloaded)

  3. Make sure you load the dishwasher properly – avoid blocking dispensers or spray arms

  4. Run your dishwasher at night

  5. Use your microwave instead of your oven and reduce your energy usage by as much as 80%

  6. BE SPEEDY: Take shorter showers (5-7 minutes)

  7. Turn off water when shaving, washing hands, or brushing teeth

  8. Switch out your shower head for a low flow – save up to $145 / year

  1. Check food through the oven window – each time you open it, it decreases the oven temp by 25 degrees and extends cook time

  2. Toss a dry towel in the dryer to help reduce drying times

  3. Wash laundry in cold water

  4. Remove lint from the lint trap in your clothes dryer before every load

  5. Air dry your laundry and put that shower curtain bar to good use

  6. Use the right sized pot on your stove burners (not doing so wastes over 40% of this energy usage)

  7. Wash a full load of clothes when possible

  8. Turn off the heated dry setting on your dishwasher

  1. Change your AC air filters once a month

  2. During warm months, close blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny side of your home to reduce temperatures inside. Open the shades during cooler months to warm your home.

  1. 2x/year: Remove dust and dirt from your refrigerator’s condenser coils

  2. 1x/year: Adjust water heater temp to no more than 120 degrees F

  3. 1x/year: Keep the fridge and freezer at ideal temps (34 – 37 degrees F for fridge, and -0-5 degrees F for the freezer)

  4. All year: Switch off unnecessary lights – two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off an extra 2 hours/day can save $15+/year

Energy Saving Tips by Utility

  1. Toss a dry towel in the dryer to reduce drying time

  2. Wash laundry in cold water

  3. Remove lint from the lint trap in your clothes dryer before every load

  4. Air dry your laundry by putting that shower curtain bar to good use

  5. Wash a full load of clothes when possible

  6. Turn off the heated dry setting on your dishwasher

  7. Only run the dishwasher when filled to capacity, but not overloaded

  8. Take shorter showers between 5-7 minutes

  9. Turn off water when shaving, washing your hands, or brushing teeth to reduce (hot) water usage

  10. Fix the leaky faucet

  11. Switch out your shower head for low-flow

  1. Use LED lightbulbs to save $$$

  2. Use natural light from your windows to reduce usage of light bulbs (1 south-facing window can illuminate 20-100 times a 60-watt bulb)

  3. Switch off unnecessary lights and unplug anything not in use

  1. Change your AC air filters once a month

  2. Seal cracks, gaps, leaks and add insulation

  3. Insulate electric wall plugs and wall switches with foam pads

  4. Insulate your windows to keep cool air in during summer and hot air in during winter

  5. During warm months, close blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny side of your home to reduce temperatures inside and open shades during cooler months to warm your home

  6. Turn off unused electronics – standby power can be +10% of average yearly electricity usage

  7. Kill the energy vampires and use a power strip for electronics so you can turn them all off

  1. In summer, run ceiling fan on medium, blowing down (only when you’re home) and raise the thermostat by 4 degrees F with no decrease in comfort (button down)

  2. In winter, run ceiling fans on low, blowing up (button up) but only when you’re home

  3. Adjust water heater temp to no more than 120 degrees F

  4. Insulate your water heater to help reduce energy use by 10-15%

  5. Keep your refrigerator and freezer full (but don’t overdo it)

  6. Keep fridge and freezer at ideal temps (34-37 degrees F for fridge, and -0-5 degrees F for freezer)

  7. Check on food through the oven window since each time you open, you’re decreasing the temp by 25 degrees F & extending cook time

  8. Make sure you load the dishwasher properly – avoid blocking dispensers or spray arms

  9. In the summer, wait to run your dishwasher at night to keep from adding extra heat in the house

*$324 and other savings claims based on enrollment in Autopay and electricity in Texas comparison to Payless Power Premier 12 plan as of 4/11/2022 for 1,000 kWh of usage per month in ONCOR TDU area; savings based on full year of usage. If you are receiving a discount while enrolled in autopay, you may lose this discount immediately when you de-enroll from autopay (or if we de-enroll you from autopay for reasons outlined in the TOS). Promotional funds available for Pogo Energy services only and not refundable. Same day power-on depends on your TDU’s ability to process our request timely to have your power turned on – we control a lot of things, but we can’t control how fast your TDU processes new power-on requests (the TDU apparently doesn’t embrace modern technology).

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