Spending more time at home means many customers will use more energy overall. For those customers, time-of-use plans offer more ways to save than just conserving total energy use. Work-at-home schedules may offer the flexibility to shift more energy use into the 85 percent of hours every week that are the lower-priced, off-peak hours (8 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, all day on weekends). Customers on the APS Saver Choice time-of-use (TOU) plans can save even more money with these tips:
- Pre-cool during off-peak hours – Customers on any of the three Saver Choice time-of-use plans can save by pre-cooling their home during lower-cost, off-peak hours by setting the thermostat a few degrees lower during off-peak hours and setting it a few degrees higher during on-peak hours. Some customers have mastered this technique for their own homes and find they barely run their air-conditioning between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays while staying cool and saving on their bill.
- Do laundry during the day – Running loads of laundry in the morning and early afternoon on weekdays not only clears this chore off weekend to-do lists, but takes advantage of the same lower prices available all weekend.
- Run the pool pump before 3 p.m. – Customers with a pool can save money by running the pool pump overnight or during the weekday before 3 p.m.
- Stagger the use of major appliances – For customers on a time-of-use plan with a demand component, there are two main ways to save on weekdays: shift energy use to the off-peak hours and during the on-peak hours, try not to use more than one major energy user at a time. For example, set the dishwasher on a delay setting to run after 8 p.m., and if you use the oven to cook dinner, don’t run your laundry at the same time. For extra savings, try planning a few meals for the grill or slow cooker or meal prep during the day so dinner is a snap in the evenings.
Every customer uses energy differently, which is why APS offers service plan options and a variety of ways to save on each plan. Customers can explore their options and switch plans by visiting aps.com/plans. For more information on how to save this summer, visit aps.com/tips.
APS serves nearly 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’ current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).