CPS Energy projects customers will see lower bills this summer, My San Antonio.com reports.  The utility said that customers can look forward to bills that are approximately $22 a month lower this summer than last year.

CPS made this prediction based on the fact that June, July and August 2012 are projected to have more regular temperatures, causing CPS to state that the average residential use of 1,500 killowatt-hours a month will cost $148.  June-August 2011, average use was over 1,700 kilowatt-hours which cost an average of $170 per month.

The company used a computer program to compute predictions for this summer’s temperatures based on the average temperatures for the last 15 years.  Using this program, they discovered that this summer won’t be as hot as last year.  They are also offering customers a chance to further lower their bills by providing 24,000 free home energy management systems to utility-users.  The systems could help customers lower their energy usage by as much as 10 percent.  To use the Consert Inc. system, you must have internet access and a house with electrical wiring up to current code.

The special meter is hooked into the home’s air conditioner, water heater and pool pump, if applicable.  The customer can control the units through a website and set the individual components to go off when they aren’t home and to come back on when they are about to return.  In this way, they can reduce electricity usage when it’s not needed.

During peak energy usage, CPS may use the energy management system to remotely adjust a heater or air conditioner for a short amount of time to prevent brownouts.

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