APS Electric Bill Time Advantage Plan

Arizona Public Service Offers Rate Plan for Summer Savings

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Phoenix residents on average use 50 percent more electricity to cool their homes in the summer, when electric rates increase due to higher demand and higher operating costs of providing electricity. Anyone considering a move to the Phoenix area should determine a realistic budget for electric bills to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Arizona Public Service (APS) provides electricity to much of Phoenix, and if your new home falls within that zone, you might be able to save some money by enrolling in a rate plan that rewards people for using more electricity during off-peak hours.

Called the Time Advantage plan, it allows the utility to better distribute energy in the Valley of the Sun.

The rate plan means that during certain times of the day, you shouldn't use certain non-essential appliances, such as the washer and dryer or the dishwasher. You may also want to regulate your home's temperature at least a few degrees up or down based on peak and non-peak hours.

For many homes in the 1,500 to 2,500 square foot range, there are two plans to consider. The Time Advantage Plan will generate savings on your utility bill if you can use more energy in the late evening or early morning hours. The Super Peak Time Advantage Plan might work best if you use the most energy on weekends and during evening or morning hours.

People who will benefit from the Time Advantage Plan are those that:

  1. allow the APS meter readers unrestricted access to your meter. They must be read each month.
  1. are not home during the day or you have low daytime electricity use.
  2. can operate your major electric appliances (water heater, pool pump, spa heater) with a timer set to run during off-peak hours
  3. can use your dishwasher, washer, dryer and range mostly during non-peak hours
  4. can set your air conditioning thermostat to a warmer temperature during peak hours

    Peak Hours for the APS Time Advantage Plan

    There are several Time Advantage plans: the Monday through Friday plan has peak hours of noon to 7 p.m. with other hours and weekends being off-peak hours. There are also other peak plans and super peak plans.

    According to APS, if you use 60 percent or more of your electricity during off-peak hours, you can lower your bill through a Time Advantage plan. Your savings will increase as the percentage of electricity you use during these hours increases. After six months of being on the plan, APS can do a rate comparison analysis for you to see which rate plan saves you the most money.

    For larger homes, or other rate plans, visit Arizona Public Service online.

    For homes in the Phoenix area that are provided electricity by Salt River Project (SRP), a rate plan that rewards people who use more of their electricity during non-peak periods is called the Time-of-Use plan. This allows the utility to better distribute energy to everyone in the Valley of the Sun who need it.

    This may mean that during certain times of the day, you shouldn't run certain appliances, like the washer and dryer, or the dishwasher, if the chore can wait until the non-peak hours. You may also want to regulate your home's temperature at least a few degrees up or down based on peak and non-peak hours.

    With SRP's Time-of-Use plan, electricity is priced at two levels, depending on the time of day. Prices are lower during off-peak hours and higher during on-peak hours. Switching to this price plan saves the typical customer an average of 6 to 7%% off their annual bill.

    Which Customers Will Save Money With the SRP Time-of-Use Plan

    People who aren't usually home during the day on weekdays.
    People who can switch electricity usage to off-peak hours, like running appliances in the morning, or changing the hours that the pool filter operates.
    People who can effectively use programmable thermostats.
    People whose meters have unrestricted access to SRP personnel (required).
    People who live in the area all year long. Winter-only residents won't see enough benefit.

    Peak hours for the SRP Time-of-Use Plan

    May 1 to October 31
    On-peak: Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    All other hours, weekends, and certain holidays are all off-peak.

    November 1 to April 30
    On-peak: Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    All other hours, weekends, and certain holidays are all off-peak.

    SRP Time-of-Use Plan doesn't work for you? Try the EZ-3 Plan.

    SRP's EZ-3 Plan is a simplified Time of Use plan. There are no seasons or dates to remember, since the hours stay the same all year. Peak hours, when you should limit your electricity usage, are Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. All other hours are off-peak. You might not save quite as much as those who are diligent on the Time of Use plan, but customers on this plan save, on average, about 6% per year on their electric bill. Each month your Salt River Project electric bill will state the amount you saved on the Time-of-Use Price Plan or EZ-3 Price Plan. To learn more about SRP's residential rate plans, visit Salt River Project online.