Customer tips to save year-round on EZ-3

During the summer, precooling accounts for most of your annual savings on EZ-3, but SRP customers tell us that with a little planning, there are other things they do to lower their energy bills throughout the year:

  • Use the clothes washer and dryer during lower-cost off-peak hours. An electric clothes dryer uses about the same amount of energy as the air conditioner when running for 30 minutes.*
  • Run the dishwasher during lower-cost hours since 12-20% of annual energy costs come from heating water. And don't forget to use your dishwasher's energy-saving button.

*Assumes a 4,000-watt AC unit and a 5,600-watt electric clothes dryer with a 30-minute runtime.

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EZ-3 customer savings tips

Picture of Holly grilling skewers on an outdoor grill.

"I'm home a lot, especially during the day. Nearly everything can be programmed with a timer to run at the cheapest times of the day. During the summer, we use a programmable thermostat to precool the house before 3 p.m. And it's super convenient to do laundry during lower-cost hours. We do EZ-3 because it's so flexible. I tell my friends about EZ-3 all the time."

Holly precools during the summer. Year-round, she uses a timer on her water heater, pool pump and sprinkler system. She also grills outdoors during higher-cost hours. Last summer her family saved $629.*

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.

Portrait of Aprilee and her family sitting on a sofa.

"We love EZ-3 because it's only three hours out of our day and it's family friendly. It makes it easy knowing that from 3 to 6 p.m. during the week, we need to be cautious of our power use. We're on a monthly budget and we work together to keep within that budget."

Aprilee precools her home to save on EZ-3. She also cooks and uses the dishwasher before or after the three higher-cost hours. Last summer her family saved almost $300.* Did you know that you can save up to 20% of your dishwasher's electricity cost by using the "energy-saving" button to air-dry your dishes?

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.

A portrat of Bill and Marcia standing side-by-side.

"We have a timer on our water heater, dishwasher, thermostat, and pool pump so that they don't operate during the three hours. We also use a programmable thermostat to precool in the summer. It just takes a little diligence. That's basically it."

Using timers on appliances year-round and precooling during the summer are things that Bill and Marcia do to save money on EZ-3. Last summer they saved $288.* Did you know that lowering the thermostat on your electric water heater to 120 degrees can save up to $7 a month?

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.

A picture of Christina spooning potatoes into a slow cooker.

"I try to do all my cooking before the three hours. I use a Crock-Pot which uses less energy than the oven. You just pull out your individual serving and you're ready to go. With three teenagers at home, we're proof positive that EZ-3 really does work."

Preparing meals ahead of time with a Crock-Pot is one thing that Christina does to save money on EZ-3. Last summer her family saved $177.* Using a Crock-Pot or microwave instead of the oven keeps you and your kitchen cool and comfortable.

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.

A picture of Patty and Doug standing near a laundry basket with some laundry in it.

"It's easier than you think. During the summer, we precool the house ahead of the three hours. We precook meals before 3 p.m., then use the microwave to finish cooking. We also do laundry on the weekends. With a little planning, this is a really effective way to save money, especially on summer electric bills. We told my sister and she's saving quite a bit of money."

Patty and Doug save on EZ-3 by precooling their home, doing laundry evenings or on weekends, and precooking their meals before 3 p.m. Last summer they saved $284.* Did you know that typical households wash and dry nearly 400 loads of laundry each year?

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.