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Protect the environment this Earth Day and save on your energy costs
This Earth Day, April 22nd, Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) offers easy ways customers can help protect the environment while cutting back on their electric bills.
Here are some simple practices to conserve energy, reduce your carbon footprint and save money:
- Stay cool at home: Turn on ceiling fans and turn up the thermostat to maintain comfort. Remember to turn off fans when leaving the room. Add sunscreens on windows and turn off lights and appliances not being used. If you’re on a time-of-use service plan, try pre-cooling your home during off-peak hours when energy costs less and solar power is more abundant.
- Install a free smart thermostat: Residential customers can save up to $179 with exclusive smart thermostat offers available on the APS Marketplace and enrollment in APS Cool Rewards, a program that helps conserve energy and strengthen service reliability by adjusting devices a few degrees on Arizona’s hottest summer days.
- Switch to LED light bulbs: LEDs consume up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, last up to 25 times longer and emit less heat. While supplies last, APS customers can receive one free LED starter kit per customer account on the APS Marketplace.
- Schedule maintenance checkups: Schedule maintenance checkups now on appliances such as AC units and pool pumps to make sure they run as efficiently as possible before the summer season. APS’s free Virtual Energy Checkup connects customers to an energy advisor for a personalized virtual assessment for tips to save energy and money. Customers can schedule a consultation at no cost online at apsvirtualsolutions.com or by calling (888) 663-2734.
Another way to make a positive impact on the environment is by participating in the APS Community Tree Program supporting community tree-planting projects. Non-profit organizations, Title 1 schools, neighborhood associations, block watch groups, and cities and towns in limited-income areas within the APS service territory will be given priority for support to create cooler, healthier spaces in vulnerable communities. Interested applicants may request a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $10,000 for tree-planting projects. Funding may be used to purchase trees, tree stakes and ties.