Savings Tips for JEA SmartSavings

Different appliances use different amounts of energy. In fact, your heating/cooling system, water heater, oven, and clothes dryer are the biggest users of energy in your home.

There are two keys to control your utility bill with SmartSavings

  1. Avoid electric use during Peak Hours as much as possible.
  2. Use appliances one at a time, like your dryer, HVAC, or stove.

With a little planning, you can find ways to lower your utility bills 

Peak Hours

  • April - October (Summer): Monday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • November - March (Winter): Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Weekends and holidays are excluded from Peak Hours but are included in the anytime hours during the month. Holidays include New Year’s Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving; and Christmas.

Tips for Peak Hours

  • If you normally cook during Peak Hours, try alternate cooking methods such as crockpots, or outdoor grills, or consider make-ahead meals.
  • Shift your use of major appliances to avoid Peak Hours so you can avoid peaks in your bills. For instance, if you typically do laundry during Peak Hours, change your routine to avoid the higher demand rates.

Tips for Reducing Demand

  • Consider your heating and cooling system your base load. If it is running and you need to use a major appliance, change the temperature so your HVAC will not run while you use the other appliance.
  • Use a programmable or smart thermostat to reduce heating or cooling usage during Peak Hours.
  • Use a timer on your water heater to control when it heats your water. It’s best to schedule when you are not home or while you are sleeping and not using many other appliances.
  • Use a timer on your pool pump and/or hot tub and schedule it to run when other major appliances are not on. It’s best to schedule for when you are not home or while you are sleeping and not using many other appliances.
  • Shift the use of major appliances away from the higher-cost Peak Hours.
  • Through the JEA SmartSavings Pilot Program, you'll be able to monitor demand on your account page.

Appliances that demand the most energy

My Account Appliance Energy Percentage

In a typical all-electric household, the HVAC can account for up to 40% of your electricity usage, while your water heater can account for 18.7%, dryer 8.6%, refrigerator or freezer 7.9%, range 4.4%, and other small appliances accounting for 19.6%.

If your HVAC has heat strips, there are numerous ways the heat strips can kick on during cold weather. 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 
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