Are you interested in being more energy efficient? Would you like to reduce your electricity consumption by as much as 20%? Are you willing and able to shift the use of your most energy-hungry appliances and electronics to evenings and weekends, when the rate you pay will be lower?
If your answer is "yes" to all three of these questions, congratulations! You're right for Right Time Pricing.
Making Right Time Pricing Work for You
To take advantage of Right Time Pricing's lower rate schedule, you first need to consider how you do things now. Make a list of the appliances you use most often. Think about the changes in your routine you could make to move that use to after 8 p.m. or before 10 a.m. on weekdays. Or maybe you could shift that activity to a weekend. For instance:
Wait until just before bed to run the dishwasher
Split the laundry up and run some loads during the week after 8PM, some others on the weekend
Try leaving your entertainment system off until after 8PM
Plug your entertainment system components into a surge protector/power strip to make it easier to turn them all on and off at the same time
Do the same with your computer network components and shut them down completely when not in use
Set your programmable thermostat for automatic energy savings
Rethink how hard or how often you have your dehumidifier running
You'll be surprised at how much energy you'll save by simply identifying opportunities for shifting your electricity use and adopting a new routine based on Right Time Pricing. Make your changes a little at a time or all at once. The choice is yours.
The important thing is to stick with your plan. Your plan will become a habit – a habit that will reduce your power consumption and your carbon footprint at the same time.