Cooling and Heating Your Home
Feel comfortable and save, all year-long!
Stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter!
Keep comfortable while saving on your energy bills. In the summer, air conditioning can drive up your energy bills between the months of May and September. With a Time of Use Price Plan you can save money by precooling your home. In the winter, homes with electric heat and heat pumps can easily shift energy usage to get the best deal on the Super Off Peak overnight rate.
Stay cool all summer long and save on your energy bills by precooling your home.
Air conditioning can drive up your energy bills during the summer months (May-September).
Follow our easy step by step guide.
With a Time of Use Price Plan you can save money by precooling your home.
- Install a programmable or smart thermostat
- Set the thermostat temperature three degrees lower than your preferred setting three hours before your higher-cost hours begin. Higher cost hours vary by plan:
Early Peak (3pm-7pm)
Late Peak (4pm-8pm)
Short Peak (4pm-7pm)
- At the start of the higher-cost period, set the thermostat temperature three degrees over your preferred setting so that the air conditioner doesn't run as much during your higher-cost hours.
- When high-cost-peak hours are done, set the thermostat to return to your preferred setting. Temperature may vary by preferred comfort level and size of home among other factors.
For example, Joe from Northport is on the Short Peak Price Plan (peak hours 4 pm - 7 pm). His usual temperature setting is 78 degrees. He precools is home three degrees lower to 75 degrees from 1 pm to 4 pm. while prices are lower. Since our customer, Joe from Northport, is on the Short Peak Price Plan (peak hours 4 pm - 7 pm), he increases his thermostat setting from his usual 78 degree temperature to 81 degrees during peak hours while prices are higher. Finally at 7pm when peak hours are done, Joe returns to his preferred setting of 78 degrees.
Stay comfortable all winter long while saving money on energy.
For homes with electric heat and heat pumps it's easy to shift energy usage to get the best deal on the Super Off Peak overnight rate.
Set and Forget
A programmable thermostat is a great way to automatically adjust the temperature at different times of day. Once winter hits, customize, set and save the times and tempertures you prefer and your done! Some thermostats let you save up to six different temperature settings per day.
How It's Done
For example, Joe from Northport, who is on a Short Peak Price Plan (peak hours 4pm-7pm), programs and saves his thermostat settings just once at the beginning of winter to four different daily temperatures:
- 65°F while the family sleeps
- 68°F an hour before everyone wakes up
- 58°F after everyone leaves for school and work
- 68°F at 7pm when everyone is back home