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Old 04-08-2010, 09:37 PM
Location: Asheville, NC
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I've just moved into an apartment in Scottsdale (two bedrooms, top floor with vaulted ceilings), and when I signed up for APS I was told by their representative that my best bet is a rate that is as follows:

The rate is 4 times more expensive on weekdays between noon and 7pm than it is all the other times. So I need to use less energy between those times. (This implies that the other times are very inexpensive.)

I don't have a problem right now with this arrangement, but I'm home all day with a baby and I'm not sure that I want to leave my air conditioning off during those hours all summer.

Does anyone have any input with regard to this rate vs. another (perhaps standard) rate?

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Old 04-08-2010, 09:45 PM
Location: Sonoran Desert
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You don't have to have the AC off to save. If you can live with 80 degrees from noon to 7, do the wash, heat the water, do the baking off peak (including weekends) you can save with this rate. It helps to have a setback thermo. I keep my house at 81 on peak and 71 when I sleep at night. I do better than 85% off peak.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:02 PM
Location: Asheville, NC
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Ponderosa, THANK YOU! That's exactly the info I was looking for. I can definitely live at 80 degrees during the day. And of course there's no problem with doing laundry off-peak. I was just under the impression that running the A/C at all during that time would be too costly. But what you wrote (71 off-peak, 81 during) is definitely what I'll do. And now I'm thinking about a setback thermostat. Many thanks.
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:30 PM
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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We have the same with them down here in Casa Grande...I won't go into extra fees per month, taxes, etc. versus actual usage, but like Ponderosa said with the AC, have ceiling fans to move the AC air if possible...I have my computer running day and night, the TV is usually on...I do my laundry, running dishwasher at night after 7, or in the morning...I run the irrigation here for 20 minutes or so in the morning if it needs it on manual...baking or whatever earlier in the day and longer cooking meals like on the stove simmering, and I can heat or finish later, or into the crockpot to cook, or in the microwave to heat or food on the grill (unfortunately I have an electric stove)...Showers in the morning or at night, but in summer we have found it hard to get cold water out of the faucet, so keep some in the frig and showers or baths when cooler ...weekends are the cheap rate so you can catch up or make up for what you lost...I work at home, but weekend catch-up is sheets, bedding, towels, throw rugs ( we have 3 dogs) in the laundry. I don't know how I could cut back anymore at the moment without a conscious effort, but it works. Just get yourself into a routine and it will work It's only 7 hours a day.
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Old 04-10-2010, 09:32 AM
Location: Asheville, NC
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Thanks, Grannysroost! I've already talked with my husband about it, and we're going to go for it. I appreciate your help!
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