Save Money With 3-7pm Peak Power Tips

Power Tips

24 May 2017

Save Money With 3-7pm Peak Power Tips

It’s nearing summer and the heat in Houston is only going to get worse. Here are some practical tips on how to save some cash during the peak energy periods of 3-7pm when electric companies typically charge higher rates for energy.

  • Save up to 20% by adjusting your AC, especially when you use a programmable thermostat
    • Set your AC 5° higher when you’re gone more than 4 hours.
    • Between 3 and 7 p.m., aim for 1-2° warmer than your final evening temperature. Try to keep it at 78° or higher.
    • Use fans to stay 4-6 degrees cooler.
    • Set the AC to cool down after 7 p.m.
  • Run your washer, dryer, or dishwasher in the morning before you leave for work or wait until after 7 p.m.
  • Save up to 10 watts of energy for every device you unplug. Unplugging just 6 devices that you normally leave plugged in can save up to $40 a year.
    • All electrical devices use some power when they’re turned off but still plugged in. They also generate heat.
    • Turn off and unplug appliances and cable boxes when not in use.
    • Unplug your phone charger and similar devices when charging is complete.
  • Use a timer to turn off lights and appliances when you’re away.
  • Use a microwave, outdoor grill, or slow cooker. In the summer, your stove and oven heat up the house. This makes your AC work harder.
  • Set your pool pump to run early in the morning or overnight.

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