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Like clockwork, energy bills usually go up during the hot summer months, especially as air conditioners work overtime.  Austin Energy wants to help! The first step in managing high energy bills is to learn how much electricity you are using.  Austin Energy’s web app helps you do that—it tracks daily energy use and alerts customers when usage approaches a higher-priced commercial rate class. Registration is simple—all you need is your City of Austin Utilities username and password or the account number and address on your utility bill. From there, you can access the web app and start tracking your electricity usage patterns.

Of course, reducing energy usage can also help you manage your utility bills. Tips like setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs or compact fluorescents, and powering down unnecessary business equipment when not in use can help you save every month. You can lower inside temperatures by taking easy steps such as using fans in occupied spaces and drawing the window shades. Consider setting the thermostat to 85 degrees when your business facility is unoccupied or after business hours to help keep your energy costs lower.

You can also increase the efficiency of your air conditioning unit by making sure condenser coils are clean and removing tall grass or debris clogging the unit. Austin Energy’s Commercial Rebate Program offers 20+ rebates and incentives to assist your business in replacing AC systems and other energy-saving upgrades, such as roof insulation, reflective roof coating, window replacements, window tint, solar screens, Power Partner Wi-Fi enabled thermostats and more.