Plan for cooler months ahead to save on your energy bills

For Energy Efficiency Day, APS offers tips to stay comfortable and manage home heating costs

While the first day of winter isn’t until December, Energy Efficiency Day (Oct. 5) is a great time to start getting ready for it. Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) customers can save money and stay comfortable during the winter season by preparing now for colder temperatures.

Lower your electric costs with easy energy-saving tips:

  • Maintain your HVAC unit – Schedule checkups now on your heating system and change air filters. Ensuring your unit is working properly reduces stress on equipment and saves money.
  • Program your smart thermostat – As temperatures drop outside, program your thermostat as low as is comfortable. When away, turn your thermostat down a few degrees more to reduce heating costs. Set the thermostat to 60° or lower when away for extended periods, like vacation. Visit the APS Marketplace at myaps.store/tstats for exclusive rebates and discounts on qualifying smart thermostats.
  • If you have electric heat, pre-warm your home and keep air flowing – If you are on an APS Time-of-Use (TOU) 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Weekdays rate plan or the Time-of-Use 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Weekdays with Demand Charge rate plan, save the most money on energy bills by pre-warming your home during off-peak hours. When possible, open bedroom doors to improve energy savings. Closed bedroom doors create pressure imbalances within your HVAC system, making it work harder.
  • Eliminate air leaks – Caulk around external doors, windows, sill plates and anywhere outside air might enter the house. Install drapes on windows that continue to feel drafty.
  • Use the heat of the sun – When possible, open blinds to let in sunshine and warmth. Close blinds at night to trap the heat. Use insulating drapes to keep the heat inside.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans – Fans should blow toward the ceiling in the winter and toward the floor in the summer. While reversing your fan, clean your blades for energy efficiency. 
  • Heat your home safely – Don’t use the oven to heat your home. Gas ovens can be dangerous when used as a space heater. Electric ovens are not intended for heating and using them as heat sources can decrease the lifespan of your appliance.

APS is here to help customers who may be struggling to pay their bills. To learn more about flexible payment arrangements or customer bill assistance programs, visit aps.com/support or contact (602) 371-7171 or (800) 253-9405 to speak to an APS advisor 24/7 in English or Spanish.

A woman adjusting a thermostat in the hallway
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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