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Electricity Usage Shifting Suggestions

  • Reducing your overall consumption through more efficient equipment, such as compact fluorescent lamps, will reduce your overall cost of electricity.

  • The time-of-use (TOU) pricing gives you the flexibility to save money by conserving electricity or shifting your electricity consumption from the on-peak period to the mid-peak or off-peak periods, when prices are lower.

  • If you have a programmable thermostat, consider setting its timer to reflect the TOU price periods. If you donít have a programmable thermostat, it maybe worthwhile to purchase one to help you control your heating system or air-conditioner so it doesnít run as often during the on-peak period when TOU prices are highest.

  • Depending on how well your home is insulated, it maybe possible to pre-heat or pre-cool your home by a few degrees prior to on-peak periods so that it remains comfortable during the on-peak period when TOU prices are higher.

  • Try to use your washing machine and clothes-dryer as little as possible during on-peak periods. Instead, try to use them during off-peak hours as often as possible, to save money when electricity prices are lower.

  • Consider running your dishwasher during off-peak hours. Some newer dishwasher models come equipped with a timer; have yours run off-peak, if possible.

  • If you have an electric water heater, consider purchasing a programmable timer for it. Youíll save the most by programming your water heater to operate off-peak periods when TOU prices are lowest.

  • Try to operate electrical swimming pool, sauna or spa equipment such as water pumps, filters and heaters during off-peak periods when TOU prices are lowest.

  • Turn off both household and outdoor lights during the day, where possible.