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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.