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Off Peak Energy Conservation

Here's another way to save on energy conservation that your power company may not let you know about. Off peak electricity conservation can save you quite a bit of money with really very little effort. Here's how the programs work.

Off Peak Electricity Programs

In some areas, the off peak hours just appear on your electricity bill, and it's up to you to use them effectively. For example, in many areas of the country, the hours after 9 PM are off peak hours, so if you wait to do your dishes and laundry after 9 PM, you'll see the savings add up over the months and the year. It's very easy to load the dishwasher and the washer and then turn them on after 9 every night.

In other areas of the country, you have to sign up for off peak programs. You can often find these programs on your power company's website. Sometimes you have to dig around for them, through. They help you save money, but they help the power companies, too, because if enough people use them, they can help reduce demand during peak periods, and that helps the power companies meet demands during peak periods more effectively. After you sign up for the program, the power company will come out and install a device on your power meter that measures your power usage during off peak times, and will report your usage on your power bill, showing your savings.

In these cases, usually the power company offers off peak hours according to the seasons. Winter hours may be different from summer hours. Winter hours off peak hours could be during the day, with high usage hours from 5 PM to 9 PM, while summer off peak hours could be during the evening with high usage hours during the day. Usually, your power company will send you a schedule of the off peak hours so you can plan your power usage around the calendar to make sure you save the most money.

This is a really effective way to save energy and money at the same time. It's really surprising how much money you can save simply by changing the way you do those everyday chores around the house. Most off peak electricity charges are about 30 to 40 percent less than the on peak charges, so you can save about $1 per day or $360 per year, which is a significant amount, depending on where you live and how much electricity you use. Think about your lifestyle, your family, and if off peak electricity would work for you, and then look into off peak energy conservation for your family.

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