Energy costs can make up a significant part of your household expenses, especially in the summer heat of Texas. Denton Municipal Electric (DME) works to maintain high quality, reliable, and affordable electric service. Here you will find information about how to lower your energy bill, including both electricity and natural gas use.
Free Home Energy Audits
The City offers a free home energy audit to utility customers in good standing, which can contribute to your lower electric bill. A certified energy auditor will utilize diagnostic tools to reveal thermal flaws in your home. Participants receive a detailed report, including prioritized recommendations for improving energy efficiency. Types of diagnostic tools used include:
- Blower Door Test: Auditors use blower door tests to help determine a home's air tightness.
- Thermal Imaging: A thermal imaging camera, in conjunction with a blower door test can quickly identify thermal flaws in your home's shell.
For customers that are in the process of remodeling exterior portions of their property, we can also provide a simplified energy audit. These consultations would focus on the visible insulation and air sealing measures currently utilized. A certified energy auditor will follow IECC energy inspection guidelines to provide a report on recommended adjustments that can be made while under construction. No blower door or thermal imaging diagnostics would take place during these visits.
To schedule a residential or commercial audit, fill out and submit the form below, and a representative will call you. For inquiries specific to your utility account, contact Customer Service at (940) 349-8700 or CustomerService@cityofdenton.com.
The GreenSense Incentive Program rewards customers in good standing who perform qualifying energy-efficiency improvements in their homes or businesses. The program is a great way for residential, retail, and small commercial customers to use energy more efficiently. Rebates are available for qualifying equipment, including:
- Heating, ventilation, air conditioning
- Smart thermostat
- Attic reflective radiant barrier
- Attic insulation
- Air ducts
- Solar screens
- Energy efficient windows
- Solar hot water heater
- Interconnected photovoltaic incentive
- Weatherization supplies
The availability of funding is limited. Rebates are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. When funds have been exhausted, all applications received will be rejected. Applications for work completed within 30-Day guideline, as outlined in the manual, will be accepted on Oct. 1.
The current program year began Oct. 1, 2018 with a $250,000 budget for rebates. (This budget does not include the funding allocated for solar electric projects)
*Please note that once the funds have been depleted, all applications received will be rejected.
10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home
As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. The following tips can help make your home more comfortable and enery-efficient.
- Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
- Perform a comprehensive cleaning of the condenser coils. Doing so increases efficiency (which directly impacts energy costs) and can reduce the wear and tear on your system.
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the summer, 68 degrees or lower in the winter. Ceiling fans help keep you comfortable at higher thermostat settings.
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust your home's temperature settings when you're away or sleeping.
- Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save on heating and cooling bills, while also increasing your home's comfort.
- Replace incandescent lightbulbs with energy-efficient bulbs such as Light Emitting Diode (LEDs), especially in “high use” fixtures or lamps. This can save 75 percent of lighting energy.
- Only run the dishwasher with full loads and “heated dry” turned off. Let dishes air dry.
- Wash full laundry loads and use cold water. Heating water accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes.
- Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Run dishwashers and laundry appliances during “off-peak” times (between 7 p.m. and noon).
- Reduce “phantom” electric loads with power strips. Some electronics and appliances continue to use energy when simply plugged in. “Smart” power strips are available for electronics, to separate devices that can be shut off when not in use from those that need to stay on.
PLEASE NOTE: DME does not endorse any product, service, individual or company. Selection of a registered installer/contractor to perform work is the sole decision of the program participant. Any list of registered installers/contractors represents those companies who have registered themselves with DME. There is no work guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, as to the quality, cost or effectiveness of the work performed by the contractor, employees or subcontractors.