TXU Energy Says Back-to-School Season Gives Texans Electricity Savings Opportunities

Here’s a back-to-school quiz:

(Answers below)

While parents have plenty to think about as school resumes, there are

easy steps they can take to reduce electricity consumption and save

money when school is in session. The good news is that parents can make

conservation a family activity that teaches their children important

lessons in fun ways.

Reset the thermostat – Using programmable thermostats, such as

the touch-screen, Internet-enabled Brighten®

iThermostat, an energy saving solution from TXU Energy, allows

homeowners to reduce wasteful power consumption during the day – while

no one is home. It also can ensure a comfortable temperature when the

kids return home.

Involving children – Introduce children to the thermostat, show

them the simple programming features and point out the air returns.

Helping kids understand the impact of leaving doors open and other

heat-adding activities will make them smarter power users.

Find the energy thieves – Some appliances are constantly

using power. Turning off lights and ceiling fans in unoccupied

rooms, unplugging device chargers, TVs and gaming stations, and ensuring

that refrigerators are set between 36 and 38 degrees can add up to


Involving children – Families can create a morning routine in

which their children play Detective

Energy. They also can study the easy-to-read TXU

Energy My Energy DashboardSM, which shows how much power

is being saved hour-by-hour compared to previous days.

Make an after-school power plan – TV, gaming devices and

computers all are part of children’s after-school hours. Making a plan

for how those devices will be used – and scheduling time outside – will

help families know when they’re using power and give them control.

Setting snack menus also will help prevent children from standing

aimlessly with the refrigerator door open.

Involving children – Parents can allow their children to

recommend daily after-school activities and snacks, encouraging plans

that consider power consumption. Children also can be steered toward

battery-powered devices, which can be recharged overnight when

energy charges can be free.

Reducing power consumption can be a fun family activity that adds up to

savings and good habits for everyone. There are children’s

activities, puzzles and quizzes, as well videos

and more conservation

tips, at txu.com.

The quiz answer key:

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residential and business customers to choose options that best meet

their needs, including exceptional customer service, competitively

priced electricity

service plans, innovative energy efficiency options, renewable

energy programs and other electricity-related products and services.

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