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June 2019

ARIZONA SCHOOLS RECEIVE MORE THAN $147,000 IN GRANTS FROM SRP

Students across Arizona will explore how to use drones, virtual reality and energy-efficient architecture to learn more about math and science thanks to Learning Grants by SRP. The grant program, which awarded a record $147,855 to 33 schools in 2018, provides a unique opportunity for schools and teachers to develop projects and programs that improve student performance objectives in math, science and engineering.

SRP's grant programs invest in Arizona's future generations by encouraging teachers to develop projects and programs that enhance student understanding and learning experiences. We annually contribute more than $800,000 to education initiatives, grants and partnerships and provide free training and resources to educators throughout the state.

Find out which schools received grants at srpnet.com/grants.

 

Did you know?

SRP has been named one of America's Best Employers by Forbes and Statista. SRP was ranked No. 81 overall among large companies with more than 5,000 employees, up from No. 189 in 2018. The ranking also places SRP first among companies headquartered in Arizona and fourth among national utilities.

"SRP's ranking is a testament to the employees who work together each day to provide water and power to our customers," said Renée Castillo, Senior Director, Human Resources. "As a company, we work to provide our employees with competitive benefits and a supportive environment. Seeing these results, which are ranked by an independent third party surveying employees, means that our incredible team feels recognized."

Want to join our team? Check out our job openings at srpnet.com/careers.

 

Three TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE DURING THE MONSOON

It's that time of the year when monsoon storms bring heavy rains, lightning and high winds that can snap utility poles and down power lines.

Follow these tips to avoid danger and stay safe:

  1. If you encounter a downed power line, stay at least 100 feet away and call 911 to report the location.
  2. If the traffic lights are down, treat intersections as four-way stops and proceed with caution.
  3. Steer clear of flooded roads or washes. It only takes 6 inches of water to cause a vehicle to float.

Visit srpnet.com/storm to learn what you should do in the event the power goes out at your home.

Basic outage supplies checklist

  • First-aid kit that includes your family's prescription medications. Make sure items in the kit are in usable condition.
  • Special needs items for infants and elderly and disabled family members.
  • Battery-operated radio to access news reports.
  • Fresh batteries for all necessary equipment.

OUTAGE INFO AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Use your mobile device to report an outage or use the interactive outage map at srpnet.com/outage to see areas without power.

Outages are displayed on the map in the form of colored icons. Hovering over an icon will allow you to see information about the outage, including the:

  • Impacted area
  • Reason for the outage
  • Estimated time of restoration
  • Estimated number of customers without power

 

ARIZONA'S WILDFIRE OUTLOOK

The winter of 2019 turned out to be wetter than normal with over 1 million acre-feet of water flowing into SRP reservoirs along the Salt and Verde watersheds. Wet watershed conditions this year helped replenish critical water supplies following the driest winter on record last year when only 100,000 acre-feet of inflow was observed in the watershed from January through May of 2018.

While this winter may have been wet and May has already seen some wetter weather, conditions that rapidly dry out new vegetation growth can easily spark fires. Predictions for Arizona's 2019 wildfire season in lower elevation grasslands show some significant fire potential while our higher elevation forested lands are expecting a normal fire season. Dry, windy and warm conditions leading into the monsoon could still pose a high risk for the possibility of significant fires in the high mountain forests that make up SRP's watershed.

SRP continues to work with partners on forest restoration activities, such as thinning overgrown forests, in order to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires and protect the forests that supply water to the Valley.

To learn more, visit srpnet.com/forest.

 

IS THE SRP TIME-OF-USE PRICE PLAN RIGHT FOR YOU?

With the SRP Time-of-Use™ (TOU) Price Plan, you can save money by limiting energy use during higher-cost on-peak hours. The higher-cost on-peak hours are weekdays from 2 to 8 p.m. between May and October. Between November and April, on-peak hours are weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. All other hours, including weekends and six observed holidays*, are off-peak and priced lower.

Independence Day holiday hours

If you participate in the SRP Time-of-Use, EZ-3, Electric Vehicle (EV), Residential Demand Pilot or Customer Generation price plan, all hours July 4 will be lower-priced (off-peak) in observance of Independence Day. For the EV Price Plan, super off-peak hours are in effect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day.

How can I save money on TOU?

  • During the summer, set your thermostat to 85° when you're away from home.
  • During winter months, set your thermostat between 68° and 70° when you're home and at 65° or lower when you're away.
  • Consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat to automatically control your air conditioner and furnace or heat pump, especially while you are away from home.
  • When you are home, make sure to operate your washer and dryer during off-peak hours to save money.

Can I see my energy usage and savings on TOU?

You can log in to My Account to view your on- and off-peak usage and estimated cost per day. To view your monthly savings, simply select My Account from the top menu, then

"View bill." Your savings will show on the right side of your bill under "Notes." You can also use the SRP Power app to see how much energy you've used during on- and off-peak hours, which will allow you to optimize your savings.

Is there any risk if I switch to TOU?

During your first 90 days on TOU, if your first three bills aren't lower than what you would have paid on the Basic Price Plan, we'll credit you the difference and switch you back. Greater savings are possible during the May through October billing months. To sign up, visit srpnet.com/tou.

* New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

 

LEAVE SPACE AROUND SRP EQUIPMENT

We do everything we can to keep the areas around our equipment clear of debris and vegetation, but we also need your help.

Why it's important:

  • Vegetation and landscaping around meters and transformers make it more difficult and more dangerous for SRP employees to access equipment.
  • These encroachments prolong outages. With proper clearances, SRP employees can locate equipment, make repairs and restore power quickly.

What you can do:

  • Make sure the right amount of clearance is provided around SRP equipment at your home. That means 12 feet directly in front of the equipment and 3 feet on the remaining sides.
  • To help prevent rusting, direct sprinklers away from equipment.