Business Contact customer newsletters

The most recent issue of the Business Contact newsletter is below. Additional information about rebates, energy saving tips and more is available on the Business Resource Center: Energy Advice.

July Issue

What to do in a power outage

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We take pride in being among the top-ranked utilities in the nation for reliable electric service. While outages may not occur often, we want you to be prepared for the rare times when they do. Stay safe with these tips.

  • Stay calm. Refer to your preparedness plan.
  • Go mobile. Even if you are without power you can use your mobile device to check our online outage map, report an outage and see what areas are affected by the power outage.
  • Turn off all major appliances to help protect your equipment from voltage fluctuations when power is restored.

For more tips, visit srpnet.com/bizoutage.

 

HELP FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS

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Samuel & Company, a commercial property management and ownership company, employs about 60 people across six western states, including Arizona. They recently completed a lighting retrofit of an 11,000-square-foot commercial office building in Phoenix. After discovering that lighting was the second-highest energy user in his building, Brice W. Samuel, Vice President of Samuel & Company Inc., was determined to find some cost-saving solutions.

Samuel was encouraged to learn about the potential to have 50% (or more) of his project’s costs covered by SRP’s Standard Business Solutions program. To get the job done, he used the services of an SRP Energy Efficiency Alliance Participant. The team installed nearly 250 replacement fixtures and bulbs.

But energy and cost savings weren’t the only benefits of the project. Samuel explained why the upgrades will also help with tenant retention. “If I spend less on my electric bill, then I ... won’t have to raise the tenants’ rent.”

Saving power and money

  • Project: Samuel & Company Inc. – 5141 Building (Phoenix)
  • Measures: Lighting upgrades
  • Annual Electricity Cost Savings: $4,000
  • Simple Payback: Less than one year

Energy efficiency rebates can now be directly provided to a property management company even if the SRP account is in the tenant’s name. To learn more about our rebates and energy-saving tips for property management companies, visit savewithsrpbiz.com/pmc .

 

JULY IS SMART IRRIGATION MONTH

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As one of the Valley’s largest suppliers of water, SRP reminds you that July is typically the month of peak water demand for landscapes in Arizona. The Irrigation Association named July Smart Irrigation Month to increase awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies for businesses. The following tips can help you save money, save water and see better results:

  • Consider replacing grass with xeriscape low-water-use landscaping.
  • Install a WaterSense-labeled smart irrigation controller that uses local weather information and site conditions to automatically adjust watering schedules.
  • Make sure your landscaper inspects your system periodically for leaks and broken, misaligned or clogged sprinkler heads.

For more tips, visit srpnet.com/bizconserve.

The facts about drought

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Did you know that Arizona uses the same amount of water today as it did in 1957, even though the population is five times larger? And metro Phoenix reuses or recharges nearly 100% of all wastewater.

In order to create a drought reserve supply, water agencies have stored several million acre-feet of water underground — that’s enough to meet the Phoenix area’s water demands for nearly four years. SRP and Central Arizona Project have you covered. Learn more at droughtfacts.com .

 

Did YOU know?

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Arizona’s largest utility-scale solar energy center with a battery storage system opened recently in Casa Grande. Pinal Central Solar Energy Center is a 20-megawatt (MW) solar  photovoltaic facility that will generate enough energy to power 5,000 homes and will store excess energy in a state-of-the-art 10 MW lithium-ion battery storage system.

SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.

Solar generation starts to ramp down in the late afternoon when customers are typically using energy at the highest level. With its battery system, stored energy at the solar  plant  will be available to customers during that critical time  of the day. Learn more at srpnet.com/sustainability.

Safety information for you

The monsoon storms bring high winds that can take down power lines. If you see a downed power line, please remember to stay at least 100 feet away from it. Do not touch or try to move the line. Call 911 to report the location. For more storm safety tips, visit srpnet.com/storm.

 

Pool Fences For families in need

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Securing pools is key in keeping children safe around water. According to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in Arizona among children 1—4 years of age.

SRP has partnered with the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association on the Pool Fence Program, which provides pool fences to qualifying families with young children. To

The Pool Fence Program was established in  2001 after more than 50 children drowned in the Valley that summer. Since its inception, more than 800 pool fences have been installed.

At SRP, we pride ourselves on looking out for the well-being of all Arizonans, because we are more than a water and energy company — we’re your neighbor. We work diligently with the communities we serve to improve where we work, live and play because we all call Arizona home.

 

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the phoenix art museum

Have you enjoyed the art and educational activities at the Phoenix Art Museum lately?

The museum offers engaging exhibitions for adults and an interactive space for children. We invite you to experience all the museum has to offer. Through an SRP sponsorship, general admission to the museum is free  on Wednesdays from 3 to 9 p.m. Visit srpnet.com/offers for more information.

 

power outage alerts via text

Stay safe and informed with SRP outage alerts sent right to your phone.

You’ll enjoy peace of mind with these timely alerts: power outages at your business or near your area, causes of electrical outages, estimated restoration times, and alerts when power is restored.

Visit srpnet.com/outagealerts to learn more or sign up.

 

cut your bill with time-of-use

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Switching to SRP’s Time-of-Use™ (TOU) Price Plan could help your business save money.

With the TOU Price Plan, electricity is priced at three different levels depending on the time of day — about 85% of summer hours are either lower-priced off-peak or shoulder hours, offering you the opportunity to save money. The key to saving money on this plan is to limit usage during the higher-priced on-peak hours and shift usage to lower-priced off-peak and shoulder hours.

To learn if TOU is right for you, visit srpnet.com/biztou. Call (602) 236-8833to sign up for this plan.

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