Tips to save money on the Electric Vehicle Price Plan
With this plan, you can save money by limiting energy use weekdays from 1 to 8 p.m. between May and October. Between November and April, you must limit your energy use weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. These are the on-peak hours when SRP's energy costs are higher.
Weekdays, weekends and six holidays* from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. are super off-peak hours and priced lower to help you minimize vehicle charging costs. Low-cost off-peak hours are hours that are not on-peak or super off-peak, including six holidays.*
* New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Electric Vehicle charging
- As often as possible, charge your vehicle at home from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. during lowest-cost super off-peak hours. You can also save by charging during lower-cost off-peak hours.
- Air conditioning can account for 50% or more of your total summer energy costs. Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automatically control your air conditioner or heat pump.
- During the summer, set your thermostat to 85 degrees when you're away from home. For every degree you raise your thermostat above 80, you can save 2-3% on cooling costs.
- During the cold winter months, set your thermostat between 68 -70 degrees when you are home and to 65 degrees or lower when you are away. For each degree you lower your thermostat, you can save 2-3% on heating costs.
NOTE: Some thermostats offer advanced features that will achieve your set temperature by the time programmed instead of starting at the time programmed. Check the instruction manual or manufacturers website to verify advanced features.
- Your pool or spa pump can account for 13% of home energy use. Install a timer and run your pump only as long as needed each day to keep the water clean.
Appliances and other devices
- Don't preheat your oven for long and turn it off 15 minutes prior to completion. Grill outside or use the microwave to keep the kitchen cool.
- Avoid running the dishwasher or be sure to run it with a full load. Use the "energy-saving" button to save up to 20% of your dishwasher's electricity cost. Approximately 12-20% of your annual energy cost is used is to heat water.
- Typical households wash and dry nearly 400 loads of laundry each year. Operate your washer and dryer during off-peak hours to save.
- Install and set a timer for the electric water heater to prevent on-peak heating. Turning down the thermostat to 120 degrees can save up to $7 a month.
- Some electronic devices consume energy when they're turned off. Plug these "vampire" appliances into a power strip that can easily be turned off during on-peak hours.