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Energy saving tips

We know many of you are working from home or home with kids at this time. And now that the weather is heating up, it’s time to take a closer look at ways to save money during the summer months.

While reviewing the tips below, consider the top five energy users in your home (AC, Pool Pump, Water Heater, Washer/Dryer and Oven). Cooling accounts for 40% of the energy consumption in the average Arizona home. So start with cooling tips to help you save money and keep your family comfortable. Then review the other tips that can help you save throughout your home.

Cooling tips


  • Try to block the heat from entering your home. Keep the curtains or blinds closed to help prevent your home from heating up.
  • If you’re on a time-of-use plan you can save by pre-cooling your home during lower-cost off-peak hours. Just set your thermostat a few degrees lower during off-peak hours and set it a few degrees higher during on-peak hours.
  • Install a smart thermostat to help you save money on your cooling costs. Plus, we’ll help with a $30 bill credit toward the purchase of a qualifying device.
  • Make sure your ceiling fans are set to blow downward in summer to circulate the air rather than lowering the thermostat. If your work space doesn’t have a ceiling fan, consider setting up a small desk fan. Be sure to turn them off when you leave the room because fans cool people, not rooms.
  • Leave air vents and bedroom doors open as much as possible. Closing air vents or bedroom doors create pressure imbalances that can make your cooling system work harder, costing you more.
  • Grill outside when possible or use the microwave so heat from the oven doesn’t heat the house.
  • Switch to LEDs, which use 90% less energy but they also emit 90% less heat, helping to keep your home cooler.

Saving in your home office


  • Turn off your computer and printer when you’re done working for the day and unplug electric devices, including your cell phone charger, that are not in use. Many of these devices continue to draw power even if they are “off” or in “sleep” mode.
  • Be sure your workspace provides good lighting. LEDs are a great choice. They produce less heat and are more energy efficient than standard light bulbs.
  • If you are looking to replace or upgrade office equipment, consider purchasing a smart power strip that shuts down equipment that goes into “sleep” mode. And look for the ENERGY STAR® label when shopping for new equipment.

Tips to save on a time-of-use plan


  • Consider pre-cooling your home. Set your thermostat a few degrees lower during lower-cost off-peak hours. Then set it a few degrees higher during higher-cost on-peak hours.
  • If your home has multiple AC units, focus on using one during on-peak hours from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. You simply turn the temperature down for the unit you’ll be using and turn the temperature up for the other units.
  • Cook dinner as you normally would during on-peak hours but run other appliances before 3 p.m. or after 8 p.m. For example, set the dishwasher on a delay setting to run after 8 pm. And 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.
  • Run a load of laundry in the morning while you're home to take advantage of the lower-cost off-peak hours.
  • If you have a pool, be sure to run your pool pump during the day before 3 p.m.

Kids can help save energy too


  • Keep the cool air inside by reminding kids to shut doors when they come in and out of the house.
  • Remind your kids to turn off fans and lights when they leave the room.
  • Encourage your kids to reduce the time in the shower to save on water heating costs. And if you’re on a time-of-use plan, showering in the morning will take advantage of lower-cost off-peak hours.
  • If you are doing more baking with the kids, look for no-bake recipes or bake during lower-cost off-peak hours if you’re on a time-of-use plan.
  • Kids can help save by managing their electronics. For plugged-in devices, like gaming systems, if you’re on a time-of-use plan and you’re already scheduling time for kids to be off of their electronics, do it between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. And kids can be in charge of unplugging gaming devices, etc. when not in use. Many devices continue to draw power even when they are off.
  • For phones and tablets, encourage kids to charge those devices before 3 p.m. or after 8 p.m. if you’re on a time of use plan.

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Raise your thermostat 1 degree and save 2 – 3% on cooling costs. 

Grill outside when possible or use the microwave so heat from the oven doesn’t heat the house.

Add sunscreens on older sun-struck windows to help save money and make your home more comfortable.

Keep interior doors ajar when the AC is operating to save money, improve air quality and make your home more comfortable.

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Turn on ceiling fans and turn up the thermostat and you’ll still be cool. Turn off fans when leaving the room — remember, fans cool people, not rooms.

Program your thermostat to raise the temperature when you’re not home. 

Use a programmable thermostat to “pre-cool” a few degrees before on-peak hours start. To see how well it works, try it on the weekend to avoid on-peak rates.

Plant low-water use shade trees on sun-struck windows, walls and roofs to keep your home cool.

Caulk around doors, windows, sill plates and anywhere outside air might enter the house.

Turn off lights and appliances not being used; they add heat.

Change air filters monthly to keep the AC running efficiently.

Keep drapes or blinds closed to help keep out the heat.

Caulk around doors, windows, sill plates and anywhere outside air might enter the house.

Turn off exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen when not needed.

Open blinds to let in sunshine and close them at night to trap the heat.

Avoid using portable electric heaters as your main heating source.

Don’t use the oven as a source of heat.

Run ceiling fans clockwise in winter to draw the room air up to the ceiling and force the warm air down.

Install tempered glass fireplace doors to reduce heat loss.

Insert special insulation behind electric outlet covers to stop cold or hot air from entering.

Set the thermostat to 60° or lower when on winter vacation.

Turn off heater when not using the pool for an extended time.

Get a variable-speed pool pump; it runs cooler and lasts longer than older models.

Electric spas cost about $4 to heat from 70° to 100° and $1 per day to stay at 100°.

Turn off your electric spa when not in use and save about $1 a day.

Lower the spa’s water temperature and save.

Install a variable-speed pool pump and save up to 70% — as much as $340 a year.

Cover spas when not in use.

Sign up for our Saver Choice Plan and save up to $120 a year when you run your single-speed pool pump from 9am to 3pm instead of at night.

Wash dishes with warm or cold water and always rinse with cold when loading the dishwasher.

Wash and rinse clothes in cold or warm water. 

Add a water-heater insulation jacket to reduce energy use by 10% (check with manufacturer).

Set washing machines to “small load” to save water and use less energy.

Install low-flow showerheads and save up to 15,000 gallons of water per year.

Don’t let hot water run when shaving.

Don’t let hot water run when washing dishes.

Use less hot water, save more.

Set your dishwasher to “air” dry instead of “heat” dry.

Add a timer to your water heater.

Switch to LEDs and use 90% less energy, an average savings of $55 over the lifetime of the bulb.

Switch to LEDs, which use 90% less energy and emit 90% less heat.

Add timers to lights to reduce energy use and increase safety.

Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they add heat.

LEDs last 15 times longer than traditional bulbs.

LEDs emit 90% less heat, helping to reduce cooling costs.

Wash only full loads of laundry and adjust water level for small loads.

Run an extra spin cycle to remove more water before putting clothes in dryer.

Line dry clothes whenever possible.

Clean lint filter after every load to increase air flow.

Wash clothes in cold — heating water accounts for up to 90% of energy needed to run a washing machine.

Dry loads back-to-back and the dryer will be warmed up.

Grill outside when possible or use the microwave so heat from the oven doesn’t heat the house.

Cook multiple dishes at once in the oven.

Use a toaster oven or microwave when cooking small quantities of food, a baked potato for example. 

Use glass baking pans; they cook faster at a lower temperature.

Set AC between 85° and 90°. If safe, turn it off completely.

A full fridge is more efficient than an empty one. When there’s extra room, fill it with water bottles.

Turn your hot water heater off at the circuit breaker. Before turning it back on, make sure it’s filled with water by running the hot water tap.

Set your refrigerator’s thermostat slightly higher.

Fill your freezer with blocks of ice or jugs of water to maintain coldness.

Unplug TVs; sets draw energy when just turned off.

Turn off all lights, except those needed for security.

Install automatic timers or photo cells on lights.

Turn off computers and printers.

Unplug electric devices not in use; many continue to draw power when just turned off.

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Raise your thermostat 1 degree and save 2 – 3% on cooling costs. 

Grill outside when possible or use the microwave so heat from the oven doesn’t heat the house.

Add sunscreens on older sun-struck windows to help save money and make your home more comfortable.

Keep interior doors ajar when the AC is operating to save money, improve air quality and make your home more comfortable.

Schedule AC service yearly to ensure it operates efficiently.

Turn on ceiling fans and turn up the thermostat and you’ll still be cool. Turn off fans when leaving the room — remember, fans cool people, not rooms.

Program your thermostat to raise the temperature when you’re not home. 

Use a programmable thermostat to “pre-cool” a few degrees before on-peak hours start. To see how well it works, try it on the weekend to avoid on-peak rates.

Plant low-water use shade trees on sun-struck windows, walls and roofs to keep your home cool.

Caulk around doors, windows, sill plates and anywhere outside air might enter the house.

Turn off lights and appliances not being used; they add heat.

Change air filters monthly to keep the AC running efficiently.

Keep drapes or blinds closed to help keep out the heat.

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Caulk around doors, windows, sill plates and anywhere outside air might enter the house.

Turn off exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen when not needed.

Open blinds to let in sunshine and close them at night to trap the heat.

Avoid using portable electric heaters as your main heating source.

Don’t use the oven as a source of heat.

Run ceiling fans clockwise in winter to draw the room air up to the ceiling and force the warm air down.

Install tempered glass fireplace doors to reduce heat loss.

Insert special insulation behind electric outlet covers to stop cold or hot air from entering.

Set the thermostat to 60° or lower when on winter vacation.

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Turn off heater when not using the pool for an extended time.

Get a variable-speed pool pump; it runs cooler and lasts longer than older models.

Electric spas cost about $4 to heat from 70° to 100° and $1 per day to stay at 100°.

Turn off your electric spa when not in use and save about $1 a day.

Lower the spa’s water temperature and save.

Install a variable-speed pool pump and save up to 70% — as much as $340 a year.

Cover spas when not in use.

Sign up for our Saver Choice Plan and save up to $120 a year when you run your single-speed pool pump from 9am to 3pm instead of at night.

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Switch to LEDs and use 90% less energy, an average savings of $55 over the lifetime of the bulb.

Switch to LEDs, which use 90% less energy and emit 90% less heat.

Add timers to lights to reduce energy use and increase safety.

Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances; they add heat.

LEDs last 15 times longer than traditional bulbs.

LEDs emit 90% less heat, helping to reduce cooling costs.

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Wash dishes with warm or cold water and always rinse with cold when loading the dishwasher.

Wash and rinse clothes in cold or warm water. 

Add a water-heater insulation jacket to reduce energy use by 10% (check with manufacturer).

Set washing machines to “small load” to save water and use less energy.

Install low-flow showerheads and save up to 15,000 gallons of water per year.

Don’t let hot water run when shaving.

Don’t let hot water run when washing dishes.

Use less hot water, save more.

Set your dishwasher to “air” dry instead of “heat” dry.

Add a timer to your water heater.

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Wash only full loads of laundry and adjust water level for small loads.

Run an extra spin cycle to remove more water before putting clothes in dryer.

Line dry clothes whenever possible.

Clean lint filter after every load to increase air flow.

Wash clothes in cold — heating water accounts for up to 90% of energy needed to run a washing machine.

Dry loads back-to-back and the dryer will be warmed up.

Grill outside when possible or use the microwave so heat from the oven doesn’t heat the house.

Cook multiple dishes at once in the oven.

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Turn off computers and printers.

Unplug electric devices not in use; many continue to draw power when just turned off.

Set AC between 85° and 90°. If safe, turn it off completely.

A full fridge is more efficient than an empty one. When there’s extra room, fill it with water bottles.

Turn your hot water heater off at the circuit breaker. Before turning it back on, make sure it’s filled with water by running the hot water tap.

Set your refrigerator’s thermostat slightly higher.

Fill your freezer with blocks of ice or jugs of water to maintain coldness.

Unplug TVs; sets draw energy when just turned off.

Turn off all lights, except those needed for security.

Install automatic timers or photo cells on lights.

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Watch now

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Shift, Stagger and Save

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Watch now

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Save money and reduce overall energy use with our programs, tips and tools. 

Take our quick online Energy Analyzer survey for customized energy savings ideas for your home. Visit aps.com/ea.

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Watch now

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Shift & Save makes saving easy.

Do laundry before 3pm on weekdays or anytime on weekends. 

Turn off the geofencing feature on smart thermostats.

Little girl wearing oversized sunglasses on a bright sunny day.

Shift energy use to off-peak hours and save. Energy cost is lower weekdays before 3pm, after 8pm, and all weekend. To save, set the delay on your dishwasher, run the pool pump before 3pm, and use a smart thermostat to pre-cool your home during off-peak hours.

Take our quick online Energy Analyzer survey for customized savings ideas for your home.

Save even more on November through April bills with Super off-peak hours: 10am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Run your pool pump during off-peak hours, before 3pm and after 8pm on weekdays. 

Run your pool pump when solar energy is most abundant, between 10am and 3pm.

Set the “delay” setting on your dishwasher to run after 8pm on weekdays. 

Pre-cool your home with lower-cost off-peak hours, before 3pm and after 8pm on weekdays.

Add timers to lights and set them to not come on during on-peak hours, 3pm to 8pm weekdays. 

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Regular maintenance of your AC unit, lighting and pool pump can help you save.

Watch now

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Watch now

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Shift, Stagger & Save makes saving easy.

Shift energy use to off-peak hours and save. Energy cost is lower weekdays before 3pm, after 8pm, and all weekend. To save, set the delay on your dishwasher, run the pool pump before 3pm, and use a smart thermostat to pre-cool your home during off-peak hours.  

If you have to use major appliances between 3 and 8 p.m. weekdays, stagger their use across on-peak hours; for example, wait until after cooking to do laundry and the run the dishwasher after the laundry is done.

Pre-cool your home before on-peak hours to help minimize the time the AC has to run during on-peak hours. 

Run the AC briefly each hour during on-peak hours to help smooth out the time it runs during on-peak hours.

If you have more than one AC, try running one at a time.

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