Tips to save on EZ-3

Use less energy during your EZ-3 enrolled plan hours – either 3-6 p.m., 4-7 p.m.* or 2-5 p.m.* Monday through Friday when energy costs are higher.

Precool your home to save this summer

Stay cool and comfortable and save on your energy bills this summer by precooling your home. It's the #1 tip to save on EZ-3 since air conditioning alone can account for 50% or more of summer energy bills. Install a programmable or smart thermostat and set it to automatically precool.

Watch this video for three easy steps to precool before your EZ-3 higher-cost weekday hours begin – whether you're home or away from home.

Get easy-to-follow instructions on how precool your home.

Other ways to save

  • Your pool or spa pump can account for 13% of your home energy use. Install a timer and run your pump only as long as needed each day to keep the water clean.
    Appliances and other devices
  • Don't preheat your oven for too long, and turn it off 15 minutes prior to completion. Grill outside or use the microwave to keep the kitchen cool.
  • Avoid running the dishwasher, but if you do, be sure to run it with a full load. Use the "energy-saving" button to save up to 20% on your dishwasher's energy costs. Approximately 12-20% of your annual energy costs are from heating water.
  • Typical households wash and dry nearly 400 loads of laundry each year. Operate your washer and dryer during off-peak hours to save money.
  • Install and set a timer for the electric water heater to prevent on-peak heating. In addition, turning down the water heater temperature to 120 degrees can save up to $7 a month.
  • Some electronic devices consume energy even when they're turned off. Plug these "vampire" appliances into a power strip that can easily be turned off during on-peak hours.

* EZ-3 4-7 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. are pilot price plans limited to 10,000 participants and are no longer accepting enrollments.

EZ-3 customer savings tips

Picture of Daniel and Lakshmi sitting on a couch.

"Install a smart thermostat; they are a great help in scheduling when your AC runs. If you can manage or program your thermostat, it's a no brainer! I was amazed to see the amount of money we saved the first year, and it's only gotten better since."

Daniel and Lakshmi use a Nest thermostat to precool during the summer. They grill outdoors to keep the kitchen cool and do laundry during lower cost hours. Last summer they saved $167.* With the money they saved, they went on a snowboarding trip.

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.

Photo of Jodi and her son grilling while family gathers under a pergola in the background.

"I tell friends about EZ-3 all the time. Anytime we talk about our power bills, I mention how amazing it is and how it's saved us so much money. We're on a tight budget so it's very helpful. I work from home and it still works out perfect for me."

Jodi grills outdoors to keep her kitchen cool and avoids doing laundry from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays when energy costs more. She also uses a timer on her pool pump so it doesn't run during higher-cost hours. Last summer her family saved $153.* They used their savings to pay bills.

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.

Photo of James and family on a couch.

"I tell people how much we save and how low our bills are for the size of our house. Using a programmable thermostat to precool during the summer months has been a game changer. We even sleep with our AC set to 70 degrees and have lower bills than some of our friends!"

In addition to precooling, James uses a timer on his pool pump so it doesn't run during higher-cost hours. He also does a lot of outdoor grilling. Last summer his family saved $397.* They used their savings towards fun family experiences.

A portrat of Cassie and her sons doing laundry.

"EZ-3 is so baked into our lifestyle, we don't even notice we're doing it. When I see the savings, I say, 'Wow,' because this house is a lot bigger than our first house and the bills haven't changed even with an extra air conditioner. I tell people it's easy — just three hours and you don't have to keep track of the hours changing with the season."

To avoid using electricity during her three higher-cost weekday hours, Cassie raises her programmable thermostat setting and uses a timer on her pool pump. She also does laundry and runs the dishwasher during lower-cost hours to save. Last summer her family saved $594.* They use their savings for family adventures.

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.

A picture of Kristi and her family slow cooking in the kitchen.

"Do it. It will save you money and it's not hard to adjust your daily habits to avoid using electricity during the three on-peak hours. I like the idea of cutting down on usage for just a few hours on weekdays in return for saving money during all the other lower-cost hours. It just made sense to me."

Kristi precools using a programmable thermostat so the AC doesn't run much from 3-6 p.m. when energy costs more. The family also loves outdoor grilling. Cooking with a slow cooker is also a favorite for keeping the kitchen cool. Last summer, Kristi and her family saved $176.* Their savings will go toward braces for the kids' teeth.

*Compared to what they would have paid on the Basic Price Plan between May and October 2016.