september 2, 2016
what are a home's five biggest energy users? (they might surprise you)
appliance efficiency tips
and understanding how time of use affects a home’s demand
PHOENIX – For many children “turn off the lights!” is
a familiar parting expression from parents as they leave a room. Today, as
households are replacing inefficient incandescent bulbs with high efficiency
LED and CFL lights, customers have begun to look to the rest of their home
appliances for ways to save on energy costs.
The list of the five biggest energy users in the average
home today comprises the air conditioner, pool pump, water heater, clothes
dryer and oven. Managing a home’s energy demand is tied to when and how
major appliances are used.
Air Conditioner: “It’s as easy as 1-2-3.” For
every 1 degree AC units are turned up customers can save 2 to 3 percent on
their cooling costs monthly. In addition, APS offers rebates through Participating
for customers looking to replace an older AC unit with a more
efficient one, for repairing leaks in their duct systems, or for an advanced
AC tune up.
Pool Pumps: To save up to 50 percent of a
pool’s energy cost – as much as $150 a year – APS encourages customers to
install a variable-speed pool pump using the $100 instant rebate offered by APS
through participating pool pump retailers. Using the pool pump calculator
shows potential customer savings and a list of participating retailers.
Water Heater: During the long, hot Arizona
summer most people have heated water coming out of their tap whether they want
it or not, and this can be used to a customer’s advantage. Turning the electric
water heater temperature setting down during the summer can mean big savings on
water heating costs. Heating water accounts for about 90 percent of the energy
needed to run a washing machine.
Clothes Dryer: Running clothes through an
extra spin cycle in the washing machine will save energy by cutting your drying
time in half. In addition, using the heat buildup from the dryer and drying
like-weight laundry loads consecutively helps save energy and is gentler on
energy when cooking means customers can truly have their cake and eat it, too.
Using glass baking pans to cook faster and lowering the baking temperature by
25 degrees means casseroles come out quicker and energy bills come out lower.
By holding off on heat producing chores, such as cooking, until cooler,
off-peak times of the day customers can save money.
Understanding ways to make these energy-heavy appliances
more efficient can allow customers, especially those on a demand rate, to take
advantage of big savings. Knowing how much energy these appliances use, and
practicing efficiency, is important to a customer’s overall savings. But for
customers on a demand rate, when and how you use these appliances is even more
important, and can make an even greater impact on a customer’s ability to save.
APS customers use the most amount of electricity in the
afternoon hours during the summer months, when they are getting home from work,
cooling down their homes and cooking dinner. This energy spike on the power
grid is referred to as the APS peak. Energy is more expensive during
system-wide high use times (on-peak hours) and less expensive in the morning
and late evening (off-peak hours). For this reason, APS’s demand rate
plan allows customers to save money by shifting their appliance use to off-peak
hours and staggering the use of major appliances during on-peak hours.
APS currently has 120,000 customers taking advantage of this
rate plan and a study shows 90 percent of those customers are saving money. Managing
a home’s demand can be done with small behavioral changes.
It’s simple: set the pool pump to run at night, and shift
chores like laundry to weekends (always off-peak!) or in the evening. For
high-efficiency homes with a programmable thermostat, precooling is a great
For more energy saving tips and to learn more on appliance
energy use please visit aps.com
about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s
foremost producer of clean safe and reliable electricity. Using a balanced
energy mix that is nearly 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s
most substantial renewable energy portfolios, and owns and operates the Palo
Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the country’s top power producer and largest
producer of carbon-free energy. The company is also a proven leader in
introducing technology and services that offer customers choice and control
over their energy consumption. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the
principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West
Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW)