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Keys to SmartSavings Success
The JEA SmartSavings pilot program is all about behavior change. For pilot customers to avoid paying the higher Peak Hours rate, it is important to pay attention to time of day and which appliances you are using.
Two Keys to Success
- Avoid electric use during Peak Hours as much as possible.
- Use major appliances one at a time.
You potentially have appliances in your home that you don’t even think about, such as your water heater and heat strips. These two energy hogs can wreak havoc on your electric bill, especially since you probably don’t even know when they kick on.
The typical residential electric water heater is 4.5 kW and has a storage tank that holds and insulates already heated water. You can prevent high demand charges by installing a power control relay device or a timer that controls when you water heater runs. A relay device will automatically lock-out the water heater when the HVAC system is operating. While your HVAC is running, the contained and insulated water is kept warm for use. A timer can be set to only allow your water heater to run at times that you are not home or overnight and not using many other appliances.
Below you can see the difference in your electric bill based on highest kW Peak Hours and highest kW for the month with a 4.5 kW water heater.
- Highest kW Peak Hours: 4.5 kW x $4.90 = $22.05
- Highest kW for month: 4.5 kW x $3.75 = $16.88
- Total Monthly Cost: $38.93
If your HVAC has heat strips, there are numerous ways the heat strips can kick on, so it becomes complicated depending on the type of system and conditions. The best advice to prevent unnecessary heat strip operation is to avoid setting a heat pump system to “Emergency Heat,” and when wanting to raise the temperature, do it gradually. It is recommended that you raise the thermostat only 1 to 2 degrees at a time because an abrupt adjustment may trigger the electric heat strips to engage.
How Your Heat Pump Uses Heat Strips
Learn More About Electric Bill Spikes
Savings will also vary depending on the size of the heat strips. Below you can see the difference in your electric bill based on highest kW Peak Hours and highest kW for the month based on 10 kW and 5 kW heaters:
10 kW Heat Strip
- Highest kW Peak Hours: 10.0 kW x $4.90 = $49.00
- Highest kW for month: 10.0 kW x $3.75 = $37.50
- Total Monthly Cost: $86.50
5 kW Heat Strip
- Highest kW Peak Hours: 5.0 kW x $4.90 = $24.50
- Highest kW for month: 5.0 kW x $3.75 = $18.75
- Total Monthly Cost: $43.25
Pay Your Way
At JEA, we give you the option to choose the method of payment that best fits your lifestyle.