Tips for Reducing Your Usage During a Peak Time Rewards Event

382756-earth-day-reduce-your-home-power-usage-using-technology Taking a few simple actions during a Peak Time Rewards ® event can help you earn bill credits. Actions like delaying use of large appliances and adjusting programmable thermostats and light timers are just a few ways to reduce your electricity usage.  Turning up your thermostat by 4 degrees during a Peak Time Rewards event is a great way to lower your usage and could help you earn rewards. There is no limit on how much of a reward you can earn. The more electricity you reduce compared to your baseline, the more you are rewarded with credits on your bill. The following table shows how many kilowatt hours (kWh) on average your appliances may use.

Energy-Using Activity

kWh savings

Electric clothes dryer*

3.0 kWh

Cooking with your oven*

2.4 kWh

Turn your thermostat up 4 degrees**

2.0 kWh

Dishwasher

1.8 kWh

Vacuum

1.4 kWh

Laundry machine

0.5 kWh

* Assuming an electric oven or dryer ** Assuming a 3 ton air conditioning unit and an average insulated home Electricity is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh).One kWh of energy is equal to 1000 watt-hours and will power a 40 watt light bulb for 25 hours (40 watts x 25 hours = 1,000 watt-hours = 1 kWh). Big appliances like your air conditioner use a lot more electricity than lightbulbs. To learn about more energy-saving programs that could help you reap your rewards, look to the Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency programs. Visit, http://www.actonenergy.com/For-My-Home/Energy-saving-Facts-Tips.

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