What Are The New APS Rate Plans
Let’s say you had the ECT-2 Combined Advantage with peak hours from 12-7 pm with APS. Now, APS wants to switch you to the Saver Choice Plus with peak hours from 3-8 pm. Look at the table below to see what change you could expect.
What is a Demand Charge?
How Much Energy Do Your Appliances Use?
- Water heater: 4.5 kW
- Electric dryer: 5.6 kW
- Oven: 3.4 kW
- Stove: 1.5 kW/burner
- Pool water pump: 2 kW
- Electric car charger: 2.3 kW
- 5 ton heat pump: 5-8 kW
How to Prepare for APS Demand Charge
- Definitely stagger your use of appliances. Try your best not to do laundry, dishes, cooking or blasting the air conditioner at the same time. This will spike up your demand and you’ll end up paying even more on your energy bills.
- Change the times you perform household chores. Do dishes and laundry before 1 pm or after 8 pm on weekdays. Even try to avoid using the stove during peak hours of 1-8 pm as ridiculous as that sounds. This can be a learned practice for some but most people but the hard part will be waiting until 8 pm to start normal life again.
- Install a water heater timer and turn the water heater off during peak hours. Water heaters will keep your water hot 24-7, regardless if you are using hot water or not and you never know when it will turn on. By installing a water heater timer to shut the water heater off during peak hours, you will entire your demand will stay low.
- Pre-cool your home before peak hours. Pre-cooling is when you take your thermostat down to 73-74 degrees during off-peak hours and then let it rise during peak hours so the AC system rarely comes on. This will only work if you have an energy efficient home that is well sealed and insulated. If you try pre-cooling your home without insulation, sealed ductwork and airflow issues fixed (note, I did not mention new windows, radiant barrier or solar) you could end up spending more on your energy bills because all the cool air in your home will leave your home almost as fast as it enters. An energy efficient home will keep the cool air inside much longer like a picnic cooler, so our unit won’t have to run as much.
- Have your home checked for leaks and inefficiencies. Having a whole house energy audit can identify areas of waste that will pay for themselves and leave you more comfortable and with lower energy bills for the life of the home. A good energy auditor can show what upgrades are more important than others and which ones are scams and should be avoided so you aren’t spending your money on fixes that won’t really help. Our team of energy saving professionals is so confident in our approach; we will actually guarantee your energy bills after we’ve performed a $99 energy audit on your home.
- Find the best new rate for your lifestyle. The rate plan that APS recommends may not be in your best interest. We’ve seen the letters APS sends out with a new recommended plan and it is clear that APS is steering most homeowners to a plan with a demand charge. We’ve done a thorough analysis of APS’s new rate plans compared to their old plans and we see the rate plans that have demand charges as a way to punish homeowners for using too much energy during peak hours. From our analysis, the rate plan that APS picks for homeowners is never the least expensive plan and their helpful tips aren’t that insightful.