How Houston can save on energy as temperatures rise

Experts are predicting a sweltering summer in Houston. Here is how residents can keep household temperatures and power bills down.

1. Turning down the heat

Turning down the heat

Many people are immigrants who live in large households or apartments shared by multiple families. Even with air conditioning, overcrowding can increase a room’s temperature. Staying hydrated is the simple rule of surviving the summer heat. Have cool beverages like coconut water, lemon water, and fruit juices.


2. Work on the climate action plan

Work on the climate action plan

The Climate Action Plan calls for expanding solar energy use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, making buildings more energy efficient, and increasing green space by planting trees, including native species. It is our duty to slow down global warming by implementing small more sustainable actions within our community.


3. We must confront climate change to end poverty

We must confront climate change to end poverty

Climate change cannot be addressed with simple single-sector, single-country, or single-organization solutions. Instead, it requires collaboration and knowledge-sharing across interest groups and borders. Building a more sustainable global economy will help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.


4. Plant a lot of trees in your surrounding

Plant a lot of trees in your surrounding

Trees have numerous benefits and they can hardly be overstated. They support the environment in various ways and without them; life on Earth would be impossible. Without trees, fertile lands can become infertile or even deserts in the long term. In other words, trees help to keep the soil particles together and prevent soil erosion as well as flooding.


5. Reduce Your Appliance Use

Reduce Your Appliance Use

Minimizing your appliance use may seem like an obvious way to reduce your electricity bill, but doing so can also keep your home cooler. Appliances like computers, hair dryers, dishwashers, and ovens produce a moderate amount of heat. By using environmentally friendly appliances, you can help breathe cleaner air while helping your family, and other people to become healthier and happier as well.

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