Understand & manage your electric rate (per kwh) and demand rate(kw). Demand rate is critical to watch in manufacturing.
Monitor your usage from your smart meter; usage is provided every 15 minutes, daily, monthly, yearly. Sign up on: www.SmartMeterTexas.com.
you will need your meter 17 digit ESI ID & 9 digit Smart meter code. ESI ID is the long code on your electricity bill, for example in Oncor area starts with 1044372.. Meter code is on your power meter, enter it without dashes.
Use programmable, motion-detection lighting, dimmers where appropriate.
Use programmable thermostats for temperature control. Set to minimum use when you are not home.
Use natural lighting when and where appropriate.
Use more energy efficient equipment when replacing an old equipment.
Replace incandescent lamp with super efficient LEDs. Incandescent lamps generate a lot more heat than light by as much as 90%.
Set your computers, copiers, fax machines, and any other electronic equipment with such features in standby, hibernate, or sleep mode when not used; turn off if not used for an extended period of time. Even better, invest in Smart Power Strip. Smart power strip turns power off totally for devices in sleep mode for extended period of time.
Change behavior/living style:
Turn off lights in unoccupied areas
Install occupancy sensor switches
Turn off "heated dry" function in dishwasher
Line dry if possible
Avoid wash with hot water and extra rinse cycle
Install and use ceiling fans
Consider Radiant Barrier and adding insulation in the attic
Regular Maintenance, Change Filters, Find and Stop Leaks, Calk windows
Consider Low Emissivity (Low E) Windows
Research what governments and utilities are offering. Example, contact your local water department for Low Flow Toilets and Irrigation Systems rebate programs.
From Department Of Energy (DOE),"pool water temperatures range from 78ºF to 82ºF. The American Red Cross recommends a temperature of 78ºF for competitive swimming. This coincides with good fuel savings. However, this may be too cool for young children and the elderly, who may require a temperature of 80ºF or higher. The energy consumption for each degree rise in temperature will cost 10%–30% more in energy costs, depending on your location. In warmer climates, this percentage is higher because of a relatively low cost of heating a pool at 78ºF". See tips in Operating and Efficient pool pump: http://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/installing-and-operating-efficient-swimming-pool-pump