Although we use electricity all year long, it is clear that the biggest challenge Phoenix area residents have is saving money on those summertime electric bills. And summer lasts quite a long time here! Not only do we use 50% more electricity to cool our homes in the summer, but electric rates are higher in the summer due to higher demands and higher operating costs of providing that electricity.
One of the ways you might be able to save some money on your electric bill is to enroll in a rate plan that rewards people for using more electricity during off peak hours.
For homes in the Phoenix area that are provided electricity by Arizona Public Service (APS), a rate plan that rewards people who use more of their electricity during non-peak periods is called the Time Advantage plan. This allows the utility to better distribute energy to everyone in the Valley of the Sun who need it.
This may mean that during certain times of the day, you shouldn't run certain appliances, like the washer and dryer, or the dishwasher, if the chore can wait until the non-peak hours. You may also want to regulate your home's temperature at least a few degrees up or down based on peak and non-peak hours.
For many homes in the 1,500 to 2,500 square foot range, there are two plans to consider. The Time Advantage Plan will generate savings on your utility bill if you can use more energy in the late evening or early morning hours. The Super Peak Time Advantage Plan might work best if you use the most energy on weekends and during evening or morning hours.
People who will benefit from the Time Advantage Plan are those that:
- allow the APS meter readers unrestricted access to your meter. They must be read each month.
- are not home during the day or you have low daytime electricity use.
- can operate your major electric appliances (water heater, pool pump, spa heater) with a timer set to run during off-peak hours
- can use your dishwasher, washer, dryer and range mostly during non-peak hours
- can set your air conditioning thermostat to a warmer temperature during peak hours
What are peak hours for the APS Time Advantage Plan?
There are two different Time Advantage plans: the noon to 7 p.m. plan and the 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. plan. These are both Monday through Friday plans with other hours and weekends being non-peak hours. These hours remain constant throughout the year.
According to APS, if you use 60 percent or more of your electricity during off-peak hours, you can lower your bill through a Time Advantage plan. Your savings will increase as the percentage of electricity you use during these hours increases. After six months of being on the plan, APS can do a rate comparison analysis for you to see which rate plan saves you the most money.
For larger homes, or other rate plans, visit Arizona Public Service online.
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