As energy bills rise, little changes can save you money


Concerns are growing about possible rolling blackouts in the Southwest with energy use on the rise.Parts of Southeast New Mexico are under heat advisories, with temperatures topping triple digits on Monday. Nearly 50 million residents in Texas and around 5 million Arizonans are under heat advisories or excessive heat warnings too. As energy use in New Mexico and its surrounding states go up, some worry about rolling blackouts are possible. “We are monitoring the situation. High temperatures always concern us,” Ray Sandoval, with PNM, the state’s largest electricity provider, said.While New Mexico shares borders with Texas, Sandoval said we don’t share the same energy grid.”Texas is in a different situation. But when temperatures go up, energy bills go up with it. KOAT found tips to help you save. “Keep ceiling fans running. Use fans to circulate the cold air that you’re producing for your house,” Wes Reeves, with Xcel Energy which provides power for 120,000 New Mexico customers, said.Reeves goes on to add that closing blinds or drapes can keep out the sun, preventing the A/C from working harder. Between 4 pm to 8 pm energy use goes up because people come home, turn on the TV and the lights and use the microwave. Sandoval said if you wait until after 8 pm to start the laundry, or even hang drying clothes, can save you cash over time. Another thing many are guilty of is opening the fridge and standing in front of it for several minutes to figure out what looks good to eat.”That is the worst thing that you can do because that refrigerator is working overtime to try to keep it at a certain temperature,” Sandoval said. Not only will these tips help you save, but it’s also better for the planet. “It’s always a great idea to conserve energy because it’s the most environmentally friendly,” Sandoval said.

Concerns are growing about possible rolling blackouts in the Southwest with energy use on the rise.

Parts of Southeast New Mexico are under heat advisories, with temperatures topping triple digits on Monday. Nearly 50 million residents in Texas and around 5 million Arizonans are under heat advisories or excessive heat warnings too. As energy use in New Mexico and its surrounding states go up, some worry about rolling blackouts are possible.

“We are monitoring the situation. High temperatures always concern us,” Ray Sandoval, with PNM, the state’s largest electricity provider, said.

While New Mexico shares borders with Texas, Sandoval said we don’t share the same energy grid.

“Texas is in a different situation. They didn’t want to be federally regulated, so they decided they would do their entire grid within the state boundaries,” Sandoval said.

This means New Mexicans shouldn’t stress about rolling blackouts. But when temperatures go up, energy bills go up with it. KOAT found tips to help you save.

“Keep ceiling fans running. Use fans to circulate the cold air that you’re producing for your house,” Wes Reeves, with Xcel Energy which provides power for 120,000 New Mexico customers, said.

Reeves goes on to add that closing blinds or drapes can keep out the sun, preventing the A/C from working harder.

Between 4 pm to 8 pm energy use goes up because people come home, turn on the TV and the lights and use the microwave. Sandoval said if you wait until after 8 pm to start the laundry, or even hang drying clothes, can save you cash over time.

Another thing many are guilty of is opening the fridge and standing in front of it for several minutes to figure out what looks good to eat.

“That is the worst thing that you can do because that refrigerator is working overtime to try to keep it at a certain temperature,” Sandoval said.

Not only will these tips help you save, but it’s also better for the planet.

“It’s always a great idea to conserve energy because it’s the most environmentally friendly,” Sandoval said.

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