What Appliances Will Cost You The Most During Summer


Are you tired of receiving a shockingly high energy bill each month, but don’t know the main culprits driving those costs up? We understand the frustration. At OnPoint Energy we have 186 years of combined energy experience, so we know a thing or two about energy savings and how to lower some of those costs. As summer is getting into full swing, Texans are using more appliances to stay cool. But higher usage means higher expenses. In our blog post, we'll reveal the most costly appliances and share tips to save on your energy bill. Keep reading to stay cool without emptying your wallet!


During summers where the heat is unbearable, an air-conditioning unit can become an essential item in your home. However, you may soon realize that regularly using the unit leads to exorbitant electricity bills, which can be a drag on your budget. Fortunately, there are several alternatives you can use that won't cause an electricity bill meltdown.

First, consider using ceiling or pedestal fans instead of an air-conditioning unit to cool down. While air-conditioners are useful, they consume a lot of energy and may lead to pricey bills. In contrast, fans use significantly less electricity, making them a more cost-effective option. If you keep your blinds and doors closed while operating a fan, you can ensure that both your bills and your home stay cool.

Additionally, you can try several other methods to stay cool during the hot summer months. For instance, you could wear comfortable cotton clothing and sip chilled beverages, or even take a dip in the pool bath or a cool shower. By combining these techniques with a fan or two, you can stay cool and comfortable all summer long without breaking the bank.

Fridge and Freezer

Refrigerators and freezers are essential appliances that we rely on daily to keep our food cool and fresh. These appliances can quickly add up to your electricity bill if they are not used efficiently. However, there are several ways to keep your food cool without paying extra. One useful tip is to adjust the temperature settings in your fridge. As a rule of thumb, we recommend keeping your fridge between 35ºF and 38ºF, and your freezer at 0ºF. Not only will this help you save money on your electric bill, it can also prevent your food from spoiling or becoming susceptible to freezer burn.

Another helpful tip is to maintain organization of your fridge and freezer. By arranging your food and drinks in a way that allows for better air circulation, you can keep your fridge operating efficiently and prevent cold spots. If you keep getting surprised by frozen food out of the fridge, you’ve been putting them in a cold spot. Usually at the back of the fridge or near freezer vents, avoid these cold spots to prevent unexpected freezing. An organized fridge not only saves energy, but it can also save you time and money by reducing food waste.

By following these easy tips, you can keep your fridge and freezer running smoothly, save money on your electric bill, and keep your food fresh for longer all at once.

Pool Pumps

If you’re fortunate enough to have a pool, you're likely looking forward to spending some quality time in it this summer. However, did you know that inefficient use of your pool pump can lead to higher energy bills? A pump that's too large for your pool can consume more electricity than necessary. To combat this, consider replacing it with a pump that's appropriately sized for your pool. There are many factors such as your pool volume and flow rate when it comes to choosing the right size. By using online tools such as this calculator, you can figure out the perfect size for your pool. 

There is more that you can do to reduce your energy bills with your pool pump than making sure your pump is the right size. You can also use it optimally. Start with a six-hour pump time and observe if it keeps the water clean. If it's not quite enough, gradually increase usage in thirty-minute intervals until it is. By following these pool pump tips, you'll enjoy a sparkling clean pool all summer long without the worry of a higher bill!

Water systems

Taking a warm shower may seem counterintuitive in the summer season, it is a comfort that most people enjoy regardless of the season. However, you can save on energy costs during summer –and still enjoy warm showers– by lowering the temperature of your water heating system to 120ºF. This simple step can lead to a significant reduction in your next bill.

Summer is also an excellent time for families to travel and enjoy the outdoors. If you are planning a trip with your family, it is crucial to not waste energy at home while you are away. A quick solution to this problem is switching off your hot water system. This way, you will not waste any energy, it will reduce your bills, and you will have peace of mind while enjoying your time away from home.

Lighting and Entertainment

When it comes to saving energy during the summer, reducing electricity consumption is a great way to start. There are many ways to cut down on energy usage, for instance, one can opt for natural lighting wherever possible. Not only does it help save electricity usage, but it also creates a cozy atmosphere. If you want to invest in creating more natural light in your home, installing skylights is a great way to achieve this. While initial costs may seem off-putting, it's worth getting a long-term return on investment, as the cost savings will be significant. 

Additionally, swapping traditional light bulbs for LED ones can save you money in the long run due to their energy efficiency. It's also advisable to switch off electronic devices when they're not in use to reduce energy consumption. You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating. You’ll be surprised to learn that even when turned off, some electronic devices still consume energy, which accumulates over time and increases electricity bills. By switching them off completely, you will decrease your electricity bills and help the environment at the same time.

When evening comes around, you can practice energy efficiency with your outdoor lighting as well. Instead of leaving outdoor lights on continuously, consider installing motion sensors or timers. These devices will automatically turn on the lights when motion is detected or during specific preset times, saving energy by only using lighting when needed. If possible, dim the outdoor lights to a lower intensity. This can help save energy while still providing sufficient illumination for safety and ambiance. Furthermore, consider using solar-powered outdoor lights. These lights harness energy from the sun during the day and illuminate your outdoor space at night, without relying on electricity.

Ensure that your outdoor lighting is strategically positioned to avoid empty spaces or areas that don’t require illumination. Direct the lights towards specific targets, such as pathways, entrances, or focal points. Keep them clean and free from obstructions. Dirt, dust, or debris on the bulbs or fixtures can reduce their efficiency and effectiveness, leading to higher energy consumption. Explore advanced lighting control systems that allow you to adjust and customize outdoor lighting levels based on your needs. This can help optimize energy usage and create desired lighting effects.

By implementing these energy-saving tips, you can reduce the energy consumption of your outdoor lighting during the summer months while still enjoying a well-lit hangout around the fire pit or a late dinner. 

OnPoint Energy

Here at OnPoint Energy, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with the knowledge they need to save big on their energy. When combined with our exceptional energy plans, you'll experience substantial savings on your energy expenses, allowing you to retain more funds for your summer vacation!

Want to learn more? Get in touch with OnPoint Energy’s team of experts today!

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