Spring Savings: seven tips to save energy and money

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Arizona Public Service (APS) offers ways to make your home energy efficient and reduce monthly electric bills

It’s the first day of spring, and in addition to an annual clean-up and enjoying the gorgeous weather, it’s a great time to ensure your home is using energy efficiently. By tackling this spring energy efficiency checklist now, you can be prepared for summer and maximize savings on electric bills.

Energy-saving checklist:

  1. Compare APS rate plans to find the right one for you: APS offers a variety of plans to suit your lifestyle and budget. As an example, many customers on Time-of-Use 4-7pm Weekdays and Time-of-Use 4-7 pm Weekdays with Demand Charge plans consistently save the most money with no or minimal changes to how they use energy. APS customers can log into aps.com to compare plans. APS customer care center representatives can also help find the right plan for you and your monthly bill will include information on whether another plan might save you money.
  2. Program your smart thermostat: Once you have the rate plan that’s best for you, program your smart thermostat to optimize when you heat and cool your home to further energy savings. As an added bonus, customers can enroll in APS Cool Rewards to receive rebates and bill credits. (Don’t have a smart thermostat? No problem! Visit the APS Marketplace to take advantage of exclusive rebates and discounts on qualifying models.)
  3. Make an appointment to service your air conditioner: Now is a great time to schedule a licensed contractor to service your air conditioner or heat pump to make sure it’s running properly. Don’t forget to stock up on air filters because changing the filter monthly increases efficiency.
  4. Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs: Walk through your home and make a list of what type of incandescent lightbulbs you are currently using. When it’s time to replace them, purchase LED lightbulbs as they last at least 25 times longer and consume up to 90% less electricity. That’s an easy way to use less energy and save money.
  5. Change your ceiling fan blade direction: This is a simple change that many forget! Make sure your fan blades are rotating counterclockwise, as this will push a breeze downward and make the room feel up to five degrees cooler.
  6. Double check your windows and doors for gaps: Look around your home for drafts or leaks and seal them. As summer approaches, this will keep cool air in, and warm air out.
  7. Create an online home energy profile: In less than five minutes, APS customers can take an online survey to receive personalized tips and recommendations on ways to save energy. APS customers can visit aps.com/ea to get started.

In addition to identifying ways to make your home more energy efficient, APS customers also have access to the following tools and programs:

• Budget Billing is a program that balances out monthly payments and can help take out monthly swings due to weather and varying usage.  

• Bill payment assistance and discount programs for low-income customers are available for those who qualify. Visit aps.com/assist.

• Flexible payment arrangements are also an option for those who need more time to pay their balance.

APS customers can find more ways to save energy and money at aps.com/save. Customers can also contact 602-371-7171 or 800-253-9405 to speak to an APS advisor 24/7 in English or Spanish.

APS serves approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 51% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW)

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