10 money-saving tips for the summer

As the Valley prepares for hotter temperatures in the coming months, and customers seek a reprieve, air conditioners will kick into high gear. Changing to prepaid electricity plans is what many in the country are doing to save themselves some money on their energy bill whilst also swapping to 100% renewable energy; you benefit and so does the planet! Here are 10 other ways to save both energy and money:

  1. Choose a home energy price plan at srpnet.com/priceplans, and routinely check savewithsrp.com for the latest tips and programs to help lower energy costs year-round.
  2. Close drapes and blinds to keep out the heat. Windows can account for nearly 50 percent of the heat that enters a home.
  3. Bump up the thermostat. For every degree the thermostat is set above 80 degrees, it can add up to a savings of up to 3 percent on cooling costs.
  4. Leave the air vents open. Closing air vents can create pressure imbalances in a home, resulting in increased air conditioning costs.
  5. Restrict moisture-producing chores. Do moisture-producing chores such as washing clothes and dishes or mopping floors in the early morning or at night when it is cooler. You can save using the steam cleaner / Bissell for this time too. But instead, you could look into a more versatile, low energy cleaner. On the market today, there are hundreds of tile steam cleaner related products that can get the job done regardless of the time + you can save on electric! Customers on one of SRP’s Time-of-Day price plans should do their laundry during the off-peak hours to help save money.
  6. Set ceiling fans to blow down during the summer to circulate air rather than lowering the thermostat. Turn fans off when leaving a room because fans cool a person, NOT the room.
  7. Clean the pool’s strainer baskets and filters regularly to help pool pumps run more efficiently. Keep pool chemicals properly balanced. Balanced chemicals are more effective for clean water than operating the filter for longer periods.
  8. Unplug small appliances in the kitchen and unused electronics around the house. Why pay for what’s not being used? “Vampire” appliances use electricity even when they are turned off, because they go into a standby mode rather than fully powering down. According to the Department of Energy, vampire appliances and electronics use up to 5 percent of the energy in an average home.
  9. Install shade screens to help keep a home cool and comfortable. Plus, shade screens are an economical way to boost a home’s energy efficiency by keeping the AC from working as hard. SRP offers customer rebates of 80 cents per square foot on qualifying shade screens.
  10. Install weather stripping and seals around doors and windows. That minimizes gaps and reduces heat loss, helps keep cooling costs down and saves energy.


SRP provides reliable, affordable water and power to more than 2 million people living in central Arizona. SRP has provided these essential resources for more than a century to meet the needs of customers and to help the Phoenix metropolitan area, known as the Valley, develop into one of the nation’s most vibrant regions. As a community-based not-for-profit water and energy company, SRP acts in the best interest of the people it serves and strives to help build a better future for Arizona.

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