Reduce energy consumption to help keep air clean
Keeping electricity use to a minimum is difficult during hot Texas summers, since so much of a household’s energy usage—up to 18 percent—is dedicated to cooling, higher than the national average of 12 percent.
Texas generates more electricity than any other state, and because approximately 64 percent of the state’s power is generated by natural gas and coal-burning plants, energy conservation helps keep the air clean by reducing emissions. You can take steps to reduce those emissions by reducing your energy consumption.
Staying up to date with maintenance on air conditioning units is an effective way to do your part. Proper upkeep of a unit optimizes its efficiency, reducing the amount of energy it needs to operate. This reduces emissions from power plants.
In addition to keeping the air cleaner, implementing these maintenance tips will prolong the life of an air conditioning unit and save money.
• Routinely replace the air filters. This one thing can reduce an air conditioner’s energy use by up to 15 percent.
• Clean the coils. Air conditioner coils collect dirt over time, so clean them every year. Also, to help keep the coils clean, it’s important to keep debris and foliage away from an external condenser unit.
• Maintain and repair the aluminum fins on the coils. They are easily bent and can block airflow.
• Clean out condensation drains. They can become clogged and prevent a unit from reducing humidity.
To learn how to maintain your air conditioner, see the infographic. The U.S. Department of Energy also has detailed maintenance information available.
Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that encourages all Texans to help keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.