If you’re committed to save on electric bill and you’re open to ways to do it, then these tips can help reduce your electric bill.
There is something called the time of use rate program, which gives you a year-round lower electric rate for reducing your consumption of electricity between the hours of 3 to 8 p.m. on weekdays from June 1 through September 15.
Reducing energy requirements during summer peak demand periods helps EMC’s control the high cost of producing electricity in the summer.
Thus, time of use rates pass those savings on to you.
Here’s how it works.
When you sign up for time of use rates, your EMC will install a special electric meter that records the date and time all energy used during peak and off-peak hours or, monitor your account from their facility.
Remember that your cost of electricity per kilowatt hour from 3 to 8 p.m. on summer weekdays between June 1 and September 15 will cost more.
Since this will be the period when you’ve agreed to limit your electric use, it will be less than the normal rate.
On summer weekends, at non-peak times and the rest of the year, your electric rate will be much lower if you have locked in a lower rate.
Most EMC’s offer a signup period in late summer.
You must sign up for time of use rates during this window to participate in the program for that calendar year.
Customers who sign up after this period will begin time of use rates the next year.
Once you are enrolled in the program, you remain on the time of use rate unless you contact them to switch to a different rate.
Adjusting to save on your electric bill can be easy.
Go ahead and use lights, TVs, computers, refrigerators, ceiling and oscillating fans without worry.
Just avoid using the big power guzzlers like air conditioner and electric water heater between 3 and 8 p.m.
You can switch air conditioning and water heating units off manually if you like, but EMC’s recommend you install a simple water heater timer and programmable thermostat for your air conditioner to ensure they are taken care of.
Do you think that saving on your electric bill would be difficult to do?
Here are some simple steps that can make time of use rates work for you:
Pre-cool your home before 3 p.m., turning the thermostat down to 74° rather than 78°, then turn the air conditioning off until after 8 p.m.
Use ceiling fans or oscillating fans to circulate air.
Draw blinds and drapes to keep the sun from heating up rooms.
Minimize the opening of windows and doors.
Don’t use appliances that add heat to the house, such as the oven or stove.
Grill out or picnic in the park.
Enjoy dinner out.
Cook meals before 3 p.m. or on weekends, then warm food in the microwave.
Eat salads, fruit, sandwiches or other meals that don’t require cooking.
Make sure the water heater is off between 3 and 8 p.m. by manually switching it off or installing a timer.
Avoid using large amounts of hot water (washing clothes, bathing, etc.) from 3 to 8 p.m. to conserve hot water for other activities.
Consider using an appliance timer if you have a waterbed heater.
If your home uses a well pump, limit water use from 3 to 8 p.m.
Avoid using high-energy appliances, like the dishwasher, washing machine or clothes dryer.
Restrict hot tub use.
Author’s Info: Tonza Borden is a 20-year finance and digital marketing expert with a passion for coaching and training. She is also an advocate for people with disabilities and the working poor. Visit her website at RuralMoney.com for exclusive community resources and strategies for your financial future. Google+
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