1. Should I leave my AC at a set temperature while I'm out, so it doesn’t have to work as hard when I return back home?
No. If you will be out for more than 4 hours, turn off your AC unit to save money. If you have a smart thermostat, you can schedule your AC to come on 30 minutes before you return to pre-cool your home. Portable fans and swamp coolers are lower cost options that can be used to cool your home.
2. Why does my bill remain high if my thermostat is set to the recommended 78 degrees?
Although 78 degrees is the recommended setting (health permitting) to manage energy use and maintain a comfortable home, outside temperatures can influence how much your AC unit will have to work. For example, if you live in an area where temperatures are over 100 degrees in the summer, your AC may need to work hard throughout the day to maintain the 78 degrees on the inside.
3. How can I reduce my energy use if I have a swimming pool?
We recommend you use our Rate Plan Comparison Tool to check if you are on the best rate plan for your energy use. If you are on a Time-of-Use rate plan, make sure your pool pump is programmed to run outside of peak hours when demand and costs may be lower. Also check your pool pump and the chemicals and additives you use to see if there is a combination that can help reduce the time and frequency of your pool pump running. Explore Energy Action Guide for the most energy efficient pool pumps if you are looking to update or replace.
4. How do I maximize the efficiency of my solar panels?
To get the most out of your panels, make sure you perform annual cleaning and maintenance. You can also use the Solar Summary tool to track your usage, gain insights into how weather impacts your system or to plan for your next True-Up. Take the free Home Energy Checkup to see where you are using the most energy and get personalized recommendations that can help you manage your use.
5. Can I be notified of a potential high bill before it gets too high?
Yes! Bill Forecast Alert will notify you by email or text if your bill is projecting to be higher than a specified amount set by you, so that you can take energy saving actions before your next statement arrives. Sign up today »