That power outage North Texas experienced in December because of harsh winter weather has some consumers worrying about the chance of rolling blackouts in the summer. This is especially true when you consider the high prices that come with ultra-high demand for summertime, as usage during the work week can drive wholesale prices up to an insane $30/kWh.
Thankfully, you can do something right now that could help prevent that sort of thing from happening months from now.
What if you and your neighbors signed up for an electricity plan that let you shift all your energy-hungry tasks to a day in the week when most office buildings, industries, schools or other institutions are also closed? The price of electricity would be lowest, right?
Let’s say this day of the week would be Saturday. You could wash laundry and dry it all day long. You could vacuum and steam clean your carpets. You could bake cookies with your kids. Get some heavy-duty house repairs out of the way and later relax in hot, steamy tub. Sounds like a lot of usage, right?
According to the Department of Energy, if you use all these for just an hour, that’s 9.9kWh. If we assume a ¢10/kWh, that adds up to ¢99 for one hour of energy use. It’s much better than $30/kWh, but after in a month of Saturdays, that adds up. And there’s also your other appliances – like your all-important air conditioner and refrigerator that are running at the same time too. Even if you’re an average Texas consumer using 1,168 KWh/month, a typical Saturday bill could be $5.00; $20 for a month of Saturdays.
But what if Saturdays were FREE?
Not only could you save money by time-shifting your cleaning chores to a no-charge day, but you and your neighbors reduce the need to run those appliances during the week. This helps reduce high-energy demand throughout the ERCOT grid and reduces the threat of rolling blackouts that inconvenience everyone.
By signing up with one of First Choice Power’s Free Power Saturdays Price Protection Plan™ or Free Power Saturdays E-Plan™ for 12 or 24 months, you can not only enjoy a fixed low-rate plan but also get free electricity every Saturday. There’s also and added discount of 0.5¢/KWh when you sign up for e-billing and automatic payments. All you need is an AMS Smart Meter installed at your home to enjoy low rates, free electricity, and help keep Texas bright.
In 2014, why not make managing your home electricity usage more effectively one of your New Year’s Resolutions? You can with First Choice Power!