Business in Brief: APS giving away 8,000 smart thermostats

APS giving away 8,000 smart thermostats

Arizona Public Service is providing an incentive to encourage its customers to switch to one of the company’s three new time-of-use service plans by the end of the year.

Those who switch to Saver Choice, Saver Choice Plus or Saver Choice Max by January 1 will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of 8,000 smart thermostats or one of 2,000 smart plugs.

Smart thermostats provide increased flexibility, allowing customers to control their thermostat anywhere, anytime. Studies suggest that smart thermostats can produce electricity savings ranging from 8 to 15 percent of a home’s cooling and heating costs. Similarly, smart plugs enable customers to control various small appliances and electronics remotely from a smartphone or tablet. 

The APS Smart Device Sweepstakes is open only to APS residential customers as of August 18, 2017. For official rules, visit aps.com/plans.

While the Smart Device Sweepstakes ends Dec. 31, customers have until early next year to choose a new service plan. Between February and April 2018, if a customer hasn’t selected a new service plan, they will automatically transition to the plan most similar to the one they have now.  For more information on all the new service plans, customers can visit aps.com/plans.

Information provided by Arizona Public Service

Hopi last of Arizona tribes to sign gambling agreement

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — The Hopi Tribe has signed an agreement with Arizona that allows it to lease or operate up to 900 slot machines — the last of the state’s tribes to do so.

Hopi Chairman Herman Honanie signed the compact a day before leaving office, contemplating the loss of up to 85 percent of the tribe’s budget with the expected closure of a coal mine in 2019.

“I believe providing opportunities and a path to prosperity for our people is of the highest importance,” Honanie said in a statement.

On the small northeastern reservation that’s encircled by the much larger Navajo Nation, talk of casinos generally accompanies talk of coal. Hopis have rejected the tribe’s participation in gambling at least twice at the polls, in 1995 and 2004. Each time, supporters have pointed to the need for a new source of revenue to provide services for tribal members while opponents have said gambling goes against cultural customs and would add to social ills.

Honanie told The Associated Press earlier this year that opinions change and a study would be needed to assess the gambling landscape. The Hopi Tribal Council authorized the leadership a year ago to negotiate a compact with the state.

“Our situation is fast-changing, so we have a situation where we need to consider but need to consider it in the best light possible,” Honanie said.