Saturday Savings: Run Your Appliances During Off-Peak Times
Most people aren’t aware of it, but many power companies have rates for different times of the day. When lots of people are all using power at the same time, the grid struggles to keep up.
If you live in an urban area, you’re probably familiar with rolling blackouts during the hot summer days when everyone is cranking their air conditioner.
To prevent this, power companies incentivize people to use electricity during off-peak hours with better rates. On-peak is typically from about 4 PM to 8 PM. This is the time of the day everyone is arriving home from work and getting some chores done.
Rates vary by company, area, and season, so you’ll have to check with your provider to get the details, but the discount is usually 1 to 1.5 cents off each kilowatt-hour. For reference, in the summer you pay about 6 cents per kilowatt-hour and in the winter you pay about 4 cents. So we’re talking a 15-20% discount.
If you can commit to using your big energy hogs like your dishwasher, washing machine or dryer during the off-peak hours (which is actually most of the day), you can save a significant amount of money.
It’s actually simpler than you think. If you load your dishwasher after dinner, wait until the morning to press “start.” The washer is a bit trickier because you don’t want to run it before leaving or going to sleep (which would just make musty clothes), so you’ll have to time it, but the dryer can be started before you go to work or bed for the night.
Written by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer
For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.
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