Kathleen Mascarenas, SRP, (602) 236-2500

Customers Save the 'EZ Way' with SRP's EZ-3 Price Plan

East Valley Family Saved $400 Last Summer by Using Less Energy during Off-Peak Hours

When it comes to saving money on their annual electric bills, pre-school teacher and mom Rosemary Gonzalez and her husband James have found an easy way — enroll and participate in SRP's EZ-3™ Price Plan.

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"It's a very deliberate way to save," James added. "I've even had an air conditioning technician tell me what we are doing puts less stress on the system."

EZ-3 offers a way for Salt River Project customers to save when they plan ahead and use less energy during three higher-cost on-peak weekday hours, when energy costs more to produce. The rest of the hours, including weekends and six observed holidays, are off-peak and priced lower.

"He's the researcher on how to save energy and the thermostat programmer, and I'm the enforcer," Rosemary Gonzalez said of her husband James.

Last summer, the Gonzalez family saved about $400 by simply limiting energy use from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays.

"Our biggest savings tip is to precool your home. We have programmable remotes and do online schedules," James said. "For example, at 11:30 a.m. we set our thermostat 3 degrees lower than where we normally set it. We run it like that until 3 p.m. and that gets the house pretty cool. Then, at 3 p.m., the thermostats go up three degrees. At 6 p.m., when the price is cheaper, the AC returns to our normal temperature."

Also, to save money and conserve energy during the 3 to 6 p.m. on-peak hours, the Gonzalez family uses ceiling fans to keep cool and avoids using large appliances such as the oven, which also heats up the home.

"I tell people how low our bills are now that we are doing this. We actually have smaller utility bills with a larger house. We are also trying to educate our kids on energy usage and conserving. I want to go to their house someday and say, 'Turn on the AC,' and they will say, 'No, we are saving money, dad,'" James chuckled.

More than 160,000 SRP residential customers have voluntarily chosen to participate in EZ-3.

"Annual savings on electric bills average about 5.5 percent on EZ-3 for customers who use less energy during their three higher-cost hours," said Cindy Marzofka, SRP's director of Marketing and Brand Management. "Since the air conditioner accounts for 50 percent or more of summer energy bills, savings can range from $100 to $600 annually when customers on EZ-3 precool their homes. Savings amounts vary based on energy usage and home size."

SRP customers can try the EZ-3 Price Plan risk-free for 90 days. If their first three bills exceed what would have been paid on the residential Basic Price Plan, they can call SRP within 30 days of the third bill to be credited the difference and returned to the Basic plan at no charge.

To learn more and enroll, go to or call (602) 236-8888.