Here are some simple tips to make time-of-use prices work for you:
When it is time for new appliances, purchase appliances with timers.
You can set your washing machine, dryer, dish washer to come on during non-peak times.
Saving your money, the grid and cutting greenhouse gas:
Try setting your dishwasher to start after 10:00 pm when off-peak prices begin.
Clothes dryers consume a lot of energy. Wait until evening or the weekend and you’ll pay a third of the cost.
Set your air conditioner a few degrees higher than you normally would, and turn it off when no-one is home. Making wise use of your air conditioner will have the biggest impact on your summer energy bill. In winter, turn the heat down a couple of degrees when you’re not at home. Even if you’re home is heated with gas or oil, you’ll reduce the cost of operating the furnace fan. Run cold-water washes during off-peak hours.
If you have a pool, run your pump and heater during off-peak hours. You may only need to run your pump for six or eight hours a day. Turn off or unplug any appliance or light that is not needed. Why pay for electricity that you’re not using?
Future smart appliances outfitted with computer chips will be able to sense when the transmission system are stressed and partially turn themselves off to save critical kilowatts — potentially staving off catastrophe. Consumers will experience minimal impact when their dryer’s heating element temporarily cool as the drum keeps tumbling until the grid re-stabilize.