5 Ways to Prepare for Summer Heat with Time of Use

Rhythm Energy on Friday, July 21, 2023
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As the temperatures rise and the sun takes center stage, we find ourselves eagerly awaiting the long, lazy summer days. However, with the heat comes the challenge of keeping cool while managing energy consumption. If you are wondering how to get the best of both worlds, we offer you a smart solution – Rhythm Energy’s Time of Use electricity plan.

We’ll explore five practical ways to prepare for the summer heat, offering strategies that will not only help you stay comfortable during the hottest months but also empower you to be environmentally conscious by managing your energy usage efficiently. Let's dive into the tips that will have you summer-ready.

What exactly does Time of Use mean?

Time-of-Use, commonly known as TOU metering, is a method that utilities use to measure and charge the cost of electricity based on the specific time when it is used. This means that TOU rates are calculated based on various factors, including the demand for electricity and generated electricity during the specific time of the day.

For example, during the afternoons of hot summer days, the TOU rate is significantly high because both the cost of generating electricity and the demand are high. Logically, when the cost of generating electricity and the demand is low, such as in the middle of the night, the rate of electricity usage is significantly lower.

The purpose of TOU is obvious – this pricing model encourages customers to adjust their electricity consumption patterns to reduce usage during high-demand periods. Combined with the right Rhythm Energy plan, you can take advantage of the lower rates and contribute to a more balanced and efficient electrical grid.

5 Ways How to Utilize Time of Use During Summer Heat

When it comes to TOU, the first thing we need to do is to identify when the electricity is the most expensive and when its price is more affordable. That said, we need to explain what are peak and off-peak hours. Peak hours are defined as the period from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, specifically during the months of June through September. In this period, utility companies charge higher rates, while the rates drop during off-peak periods.

Once we answered what off-peak and peak are, we can see how to reduce electricity consumption.

Complete your chores during the off-peak time

While you can prepare your dishes and laundry for washing or drying during peak times, running the appliances shouldn't start before off-peak hours. By scheduling activities like laundry, dishwashing, or vacuuming during these times, you can take advantage of the reduced rates and contribute to more efficient use of energy resources.

Optimize Appliances Usage

By optimizing appliance usage during peak hours and turning off unused devices, lights, and computers, you not only save money but also prevent overheating of your appliances. It's also a good idea to protect your valuable devices from unexpected power surges with Rhythm Energy protection plans. These measures ensure cost savings and help safeguard your appliances, providing peace of mind and longevity to your electronic equipment.

Cooling the House

During heat waves, the necessity of using air conditioning becomes paramount to ensure health, comfort, and well-being. However, it is important to use air conditioning smartly and efficiently to minimize environmental impact. The best way to do that is to use the air conditioner when you are at home and set the temperature to a comfortable range of 75-78°F. Of course, you should do it before the peak hour. If needed, turn up the thermostat to around 85°F to conserve energy when you are not at home. Don't forget to regularly check and clean the filters on your AC unit to ensure optimal performance.

Beat the Heat in the Nature

One of the most effective ways to beat the summer heat is by seeking refuge in nature. You don't need an exotic island with perfect temperatures or a secluded cabin in the Alps; even the park in your neighborhood or the nearby woods can provide a refreshing retreat. Additionally, consider creating your own oasis by planting flowers and trees in your surroundings. Not only will you enjoy a beautiful view, but you'll also contribute to green energy initiatives, supporting your community and leaving a positive impact on future generations.

Set the Time of Charging Electric Vehicles

Finally, if you use an electric vehicle, it's crucial to set the time of charging to avoid overheating and optimize energy efficiency. By scheduling charging during off-peak hours, you will save on electricity costs and prevent the electrical grid during periods of high demand. Also, consider utilizing smart charging features to integrate with renewable energy sources and adapt to grid conditions.

When are electricity rates lowest in Texas?

Electricity rates in Texas reach their lowest during off-peak hours, meaning early morning or late night. Rhythm Energy pricing plans provide transparent information about these rate variations, enabling you to maximize savings and make informed decisions about your energy usage.

Is electricity cheaper at night in Texas?

Electricity rates today are cheaper during the night. This is primarily due to lower electricity demand during nighttime hours when most households have reduced energy consumption.

How can I lower my electric bill in Texas in the summer?

To lower your electric bill in Texas during the summer, consider the following:

  • Complete your household chores during off-peak hours.

  • Optimize electric appliance usage to avoid overheating and save electrical energy resources.

  • Schedule routine maintenance for your AC to keep it in optimal condition.

  • Charge electric vehicles during off-peak hours.

With these five strategies and the power of Rhythm Energy’s Time of Use plans, you can embrace the summer heat without worrying about high energy costs. By staying cool, conserving financial resources, and contributing to a sustainable environment, you can make the most of the sun-drenched days that lie ahead.

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