If you want to clean the air and save electricity and money, turn up your thermostat in the summer. Or else consider letting your power company do it for you.

Before you scream, “Keep your hands off my thermostat,” consider how such a policy, which the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is now considering, might avert a repeat of the recent power scare.

Industrial companies have long had contracts agreeing to reduce their electricity consumption — for a price — in order to avert sudden blackouts. So why shouldn’t residents, who easily can consume half of the state’s power on a hot summer day, have the same option?

Read more at the Dallas Morning News