Dallas, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- October 17, 2008 - Texas electricity retailer TXU Energy has launched a new online tool that enables homeowners to simulate how a variety of home energy improvements could impact their home energy efficiency and the impact on their energy bill.

The TXU Energy Power Saver Challenge Simulator, which utilizes the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, allows homeowners to virtually apply a variety of energy saving options and see how those changes could impact an average home built in the same decade as their own. Examples of energy saving options that can be evaluated include converting to compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, caulking windows, and installing new heating/air conditioning systems, among others. Once the homeowner determines the changes their budget allows, they can also find information on the site about energy-saving tips and online appliance calculators.

The HERS Index, established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), is a rating system that estimates the energy efficiency of any home using predetermined values. The HERS Index is rapidly becoming the standard by which new homes are built, existing homes are represented during sale, and homes of all ages are evaluated for energy efficiency

"This new tool will educate and help consumers select the home energy improvements that are right for their unique situations, said Jim Burke, chief executive officer, TXU Energy. "Customers are looking for ways to make a difference in their own homes, both for the environment and for their wallets, and this is just one of the innovative ways we are helping fulfill that need."

TXU Energy provides electricity and related services to more than 2.1 million electricity customers in Texas.