A Chariot Energy Guide on What to Expect this Summer in Texas
Unseasonably warm temperatures are expected to blanket the state through most of the summer. As a result, ERCOT will see record demand, which means prices are expected to continue to rise before they fall. It’s important to be prepared for the possibility of significantly higher bills than what you’re used to, while taking a few simple steps to keep your energy bill on par with your home expense budget.
Lock in Your Electricity Rate
Prepare for a Higher Bill
Many retail energy providers, including Chariot Energy, let you enroll for new fixed-rate plans up to 60 days before you start your service, while securing today’s rate and avoiding possible rate hikes.
If we get the summer we’re expecting, chances are rates will continue to rise through June and July, so the sooner you act, the better.
There’s really no way around it – the hotter it is outside, the more electricity we use inside to keep our homes cool. This holds especially true for consumers who haven’t had their rates locked in since on or before January of 2022.
In the event you’re hit with a bill you can’t afford, please contact Texas Health & Human Services by dialing 2-1-1 or by visiting the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs website to apply for assistance or give Chariot a call at 855-524-2746 to discuss payment plan options.
Being extra diligent about turning off electronics and lights you’re not using can go a long way.
ERCOT also recommends avoiding the use of large appliances and turning your thermostat up to at least 78 degrees between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
If you work from home, consider taking your work day to a local coffee shop or café on those extra hot days, to give your home AC a break.
Is There Anything Else I Can Do to Prepare for the Summer?
In addition to the energy conservation tips mentioned here, please check out these Eight Energy Savings Tips for Summer that Actually Work on Chariot University.
What if I Lose Power?
Should demand exceed supply, chances are there will be some planned and unplanned power outages across ERCOT. It’s important to stay calm and expect longer-than-normal hold times when reaching out to your utility for updates. For information on how to reach your utility, or if you’re unsure which utility is yours, please visit this page.
What if I do Nothing?
Customers on variable rate plans will probably see higher bills this summer, compared to last. Additionally, if enough energy consumers do nothing, the Texas grid will experience widespread outages as the demand will exceed the supply. We strongly encourage everyone in Texas do do their part, not only to help themselves, but also to help their neighbors.