APS Rate Hike And How To Save Money On Your Energy Bill
APS Rate Hike And How To Save Money On Your Energy Bill
APS is looking to raise rates again, more than two years after its previous price hike. The company is asking for a $184 million rate increase. A recent analysis that said the company was earning nearly $30 million more a year than authorized. So what does this mean for APS customers? Expect to pay about 3-6% more than you do now. Don't worry though, hopefully we can help you offset the new APS rate hike and save you some money. We will share below some tips on how to save cash on your APS bill.
This list of tips we provide below to help you save money on your APS electric bill is not in order of importance and can also work for you no matter what power company you have. Our suggestions are merely a way to keep more cash in your pocket at the end of the day!
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Air Conditioner Maintenance - Here in Arizona, the biggest money sucking energy wasting source is an air conditioner unit. We live in extremely hot weather for quite a few months out of the year and this is definitely an energy source to focus on. The following are things to consider when it comes to air conditioning saving tips. Schedule regular maintenance/tune-ups, change air filter every month, and install a programmable thermostat that will help adjust the cooling whether you're home or not. If your unit is more than 10 years old, you should considering purchasing a new air conditioning unit. If your old unit still uses R-22 Freon, it may be time for a change anyway since R-22 is going away and the cost keeps rising as we deplete the inventory. Speak with an air conditioning expert for more information on the R-22 Freon.
Change Your Light Bulbs - If you are using the old standard light bulbs, it may be time to change to any of theseenergy saving light bulbs. Purchasing Halogen Incandescent, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) may be more expensive up front when it comes to cost but trust us, you will be saving money over time because they use less energy.
Unplug Devices - Almost all of us leave things plugged into our electrical outlets even when we aren't using them. Did you know that there is energy current still running through them when they're not in use? Guess what... you are being billed for that too! I know it doesn't seem like a big deal but unplugging that cell phone charger or other electronic device you aren't using will save you approximately $100 to $200 a year (an extra Starbucks coffee every two weeks). Another benefit of unplugging your appliances is protection from power surges.
PoolMaintenance - Do you own a pool? Not only do pools raise your water bill but they certainly raise your electric bill too. Invest in a pool timer! Not only will it keep you on track with how long it should run for but you can set the timer to coordinate with your power company's off-peak "energy saving" hours. Make sure to clean your filters and baskets. Debris can cause your pool pump to work harder, causing a strain on your unit. You also want to use apool chemical kit to check your chemicals to see if they are balanced. Balanced water chemistry is better at cleaning the water than operating the filter longer. Lastly, you may want to consider a pool cover. They will help you keep the temperature stable and will save energy to heat the pool before swimming. You need an efficient running pool if you want to save money!
Install Tubular Skylights - A tubular skylight uses a rooftop dome to capture the sun’s rays. The light is then transferred indoors through a highly reflective tube-shaped duct.The most commons areas they are installed in are hallways, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and walk-in closets but they can be installed anywhere you would like. They obviously don't work well when you live in a place that's mostly cloudy but here in Arizona, we are blessed with beautiful sunny weather almost year round. Tubular skylight devices not only help lighten interiors, but save on electric costs.
Water Heater - There are a couple things you can do with a water heater to make it more energy efficient. First thing to consider is installing a water heater insulation jacket around your unit. This alone could reduce your energy usage by 10%. Check with the manufacture for details. The second thing to do is install a programmable water heater timer. Not only will this save you money on electricity but also on your water bill. You want to set the timer to warm the water heater during off peak hours. Speak to a plumber or your electric company regarding how to best set this up and make it efficient for your personal needs. Of course, regular water heater maintenance should be maintained in order to keep the unit running efficiently.
Solar Panels - You either love them or hate them! Since Arizona has high amounts of sunlight, solar power is 33% more cost effective than the rest of the nation. That of course doesn't come without a price. There are many different solar panel companies out there and sometimes you can even get an incentive from your power company but is it worth it? The average savings on an average house in Arizona was about $9,000 after 20 years. When thinking about having solar panels installed on your home, please do your research.
Power Company - Check your energy bill! This is an obvious one but the most overlooked for some reason. Many power companies have different energy saving plans, so do some research and see what plan works best for your household. Contact your local power company with questions and ask if they provide a free home energy saving inspection. some companies will come to your home and give you a report showing they changes you can make and save you money.
I hope you found this article useful and hopefully it saves you money on your energy bill. As homeowners, we need to take care of our biggest financial investment and run our household as efficiently as possible. Have you ever considered a Home Warranty Plan? If not, please consider working with Old Republic or Super. They are both wonderful and offer different things. Find out works best for your needs and take care of your property.
Ian Toner has been a Real Estate Professional for the past 14 years and takes great pride in helping both buyers and sellers with their Real Estate needs, whether it is helping a family purchase a new home or sell their current house. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Criminal Justice but decided right after college that he wanted to sell Real Estate full time. Ian understands this is one of the biggest decisions of your life and with that he brings professionalism along with a vast understanding of the current market here in the valley. He feels that every person and family deserves 110% at all times and makes sure he is there for them day or night. Growing up with great family values has helped hi m transition into being a great Real Estate Professional and he continues to work as hard as possible to make his clients feel comfortable and at ease with their purchase or sale. If you are looking to buy or sell, contact Ian today!