Beat the Heat This Summer with Easy Ways to Save on Electric Bills

APS is here to help customers with easy tips and assistance


PHOENIX – June 21 is the first official day of summer and Arizona Public Service (APS) is sharing practical tips and energy-saving strategies to help customers manage monthly electricity bills.


“In Arizona’s desert regions, air conditioning typically consumes the most electricity in your home but with some simple actions, you can make a big difference in cooling costs without forfeiting comfort,” said Kerri Carnes, Director of APS Customer Technology.

  • Think 1, 2, 3 Turn your thermostat up a few degrees. For every one degree you raise your thermostat, you can save 2-3 percent on energy cooling costs.
  • Install a smart thermostat – Smart thermostats can help save money on cooling costs and make it easier to manage your energy use. Plus, APS offers a $30 incentive for the purchase of a smart thermostat and up to $85 in bill credits the first year for enrolling your thermostat in the Cool Rewards demand response program.
  • Keep the heat out – Close curtains and blinds. Outside your windows, use shade screens or plants and trees to stop heat from ever getting inside.
  • Use ceiling fans – Ensure ceiling fans are set counter-clockwise in summer. Fans can make you feel up to five degrees cooler. Be sure to turn them off when you leave the room because fans cool people, not rooms.
  • Limit oven use – Keep heat out of the kitchen and use microwaves, toaster ovens or grill outside.
  • Switch to LED light bulbs – LEDs use 90% less energy and emit 90% less heat, keeping homes cooler.


Every customer uses energy differently and APS offers a variety of rate plans and customized ways to save. Customers can explore options or switch plans by visiting aps.com/plans.


From crisis bill assistance to discounts for qualifying customers and flexible payment arrangements, APS is here to help customers year-round; visit aps.com/assistance. During Arizona’s hottest months, this includes no disconnections of overdue residential accounts through Oct. 15. APS partners with local organizations to provide heat relief assistance to our most vulnerable customers as well as energy-efficient home improvements through the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program, which can help lower energy bills year-round and improve indoor air quality.

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APS serves more than 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’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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