Both Arizona Public Service Company and Salt River Project offer what is called time of use rates (TOU), for residential customers. Whether you are planning a new home or just wish to cut your electric bill, this is the way to do it.
TOU rates allow you to reduce your electric bill by offering less expensive electricity during low usage or "off peak" hours. During this time, the power is less than half of what you are paying now. The more you use off peak, the more you save.
How will I save if my A/C runs during the day?
By sub cooling your home (setting temp at 72-74 degrees or as cold as you can stand it), at night during less expensive off peak times, you can shift most of your air conditioning needs to off peak periods.
What about the lights? Television? Computers?
Just use your lights as usual although you may wish to view the selection of compact flourescent light bulbs at Home Depot. Or consider a Tubular skylight. Still, the biggest users of energy in your home are the Heat Pump(AC), Water Heater and Clothes Dryer.
Second energy tip: Rather than run the dishwasher when the dishes are dirty, wait until 9pm and let it run at night. Dishwashers have a heating element which uses a fair amount of electricity. Just get in the habit of using more energy off peak and you will see a significant reduction in your electric bill.
Can anyone get these rates?
Yes, both SRP and APS have them available and they are free. For SRP Time of Use, specify the "Two Period Plan". Ask either for a rate card and last years annual consumption history, both are free.
I don't understand all the benefits, how can I have someone come out to my home?
Contact one of our energy auditors at 602- 789-1699 for an in home NRG Audittm
If you are planning to build a new home, find out how you can build energy efficiency into your new home using our OPERA House (On Peak Energy Reduction Architecture) plan. Our first OPERA house costs less than $240 PER YEAR to heat and cool. OPERA House II uses 92% off peak power, has never had the heat pump run one minute during expensive on peak times and is very comfortable. The highest cooling bill to date was $45 and it takes between $2 and $3 dollars per month to keep it comfortable during winter.
If you would like to save money every month on your SRP bill with TOU rates, click here
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