Yes, if your electric power provider has a “Demand” charge on your bill. You can save by limiting the number of major appliances that run at the same time.
Look at your electric bill to see if you are charged a demand charge. Power companies that base a demand charge on the highest amount of electricity that you used during the last 12 months. It is a service charge for them to make that much power available to you.
If you cannot tell if you have a demand charge by reading the bill, check their web site or call them. If you use the phone, try calling early in the day to get the shortest time on hold.
If you run every appliance that you have with all the lights on and max out your kilowatt score, you will pay for it for the next twelve months.
The way to keep your demand charge down is to limit the number of major appliances that run at the same time.
Your list of major power users is likely to include furnace, air conditioner, oven, stovetop, refrigerator, water heater, clothes washer, clothes dryer, flat iron, vacuum cleaner. Focus on the items that have motors or heating elements.
Must folks try to do as much multi-tasking as they can to get’er done.
Laundry day is a killer on demand charges. The electric meter spins fast when the washer, dryer and water heater are all using power. It goes even faster when you add ironing, baking or vacuuming to fill the time between changing loads of laundry.
If you can get the chores done while only running half your major appliances you are doing good. As an example: avoid baking and vacuuming the carpet while you do the laundry. Don’t run the dishwasher while the laundry machines are churning.
All of these activities generate heat in the house. Try turning the furnace thermostat off while you are having a housework marathon.
Take a break between loads of laundry and read a book while you are saving energy.
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