If your electric power provider has different prices for different times of the day you can save your money by watching the clock.
Look at your electric bill to see if you are charged a different price based on the time of day that the power is used. Most utility companies call the high price time “On Peak” hours and the low price time “Off Peak” hours. The low price time is sometimes referred to as “Valley Hours.”
There is often a big difference in the two prices. If you cannot figure it out 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 they do have “peak hours,” write them down and post it on your refrigerator. Normally wintertime “peak hours” include early morning when folks get up and turn up the heat. They include most of the daylight hours.
In the summer “Peak Hours” are pushed back to cover the heat of the day. They include early evening, the time when most folks get home from work and crank up their air conditioners.
You can save your money by avoiding the “Peak Hours.” Shifting such things as running the clothes washer, clothes dryer and dish washer during the ”Valley Hours” will shift you to lower price power. Baking, ironing and running the vacuum cleaner during “Off Peak” times will help keep your bill low. Same idea applies to power tools and computer usage.
In the summer, the highest cost will result from doing the laundry, ironing and baking during peak hours. It hits the high price time on the electric meter and adds heat in the house so the air conditioner has to work harder too.
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