Insider Savings: Conserving energy; free museum tickets


by LAURA THORNQUIST / Special Contributor


Posted on August 30, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 30 at 9:22 AM

The hot temperatures continue here in North Texas, and there are still concerns about the amount of energy being used, especially with school back in session. Laura Thornquist gives some insider savings tips on what we can do to conserve energy and how we can beat the heat.

I don't know about you but I'm really tired of the heat, and can you imagine how stressed our energy sources are?

ERCOT is asking for conservation in the "after school hours," which are between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Here's what you can do:

  • Limit the amount of time kids open the refrigerator for an after school snack
  • Wait to watch TV until after 7 p.m.; focus on homework
  • If you need a computer to do your homework, make sure you use battery power until after 7 p.m.
  • Hold off on showering or bathing until after 7 p.m.; the steam will trigger the AC
  • Avoid using the oven or stove top

Check my website for a free download of a guide to each your kids how to conserve energy.
There are places you can take the kids that provide a respite to the heat. What makes this even more appealing is that they are free. 

Make a reservation now for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. On September 24, enjoy free admission to 13 participating museums in North Texas. You get two tickets when you make your reservation.

And, this weekend, Bank of America card holders will enjoy free admission to more than 150 museums across the country. 

If you are going away for the Labor Day weekend, you may find a museum near your destination.  All the information is on my website.