The following are some energy saving tips and tips to help you shift your energy use to take advantage of Time of Use pricing:
- Cut your air conditioning costs. Making wise use of your air conditioner will have the biggest impact on your summer energy bill. Set your air conditioner a few degrees higher than you normally would, and turn it off when no-one is home. You can also help your air conditioner work more efficiently:
- Replace or clean the filters once a month.
- Use a ceiling fan to circulate the cold air. This will allow you to raise the thermostat setting by a few degrees without a noticeable difference.
- Close shades and curtains on the sunny side of the house.
- Try setting your dishwasher to start after 7:00 p.m. when off-peak prices begin. If your dishwasher has a timer use it.
- Clothes dryers consume a lot of energy. Wait until evening or the weekend and you’ll pay a third of the cost.
- Electric water heaters can really make electricity use spike as they refill and heat water. If you reduce the amount of hot water you use during peak periods, you also reduce the amount of electricity you use during these times.
- If you have a pool, run your pump and heater during off-peak hours. You may only need to run your pump for six or eight hours a day.