Energy Conservation

Chandler residents and businesses are encouraged to reduce electricity use to help reduce the possibility of blackouts and involuntary curtailment of power services.

 

Energy Conservation Tips
  • Raise thermostat settings to 82 degrees or higher. For every degree warmer than your usual setting, you’ll save 2 to 3 percent on the air conditioning portion of your electric bill.

  • Do moisture-producing chores in the early morning or at night when it’s cooler. This includes washing clothes or dishes, mopping floors, watering indoor plants, etc.

  • Check the temperature of your refrigerator and freezer. The refrigerator should be between 38 and 42 degrees; the freezer 0 to 5 degrees. Ten degrees colder than necessary can increase energy consumption up to 25 percent.

  • Turn off extra lights and all other major appliances that you absolutely do not need. Use timers to control security lighting.

  • Because peak usage in metro Phoenix usually occurs between 4 and 6 p.m., reduce power usage particularly during this time.

  • Avoid operation of pool pumps during afternoon hours.

  • Avoid use of appliances such as clothes dryers, washers and dishwashers during afternoon hours.

  • Cover windows with awnings, sunscreens or reflective film to keep out the heat.

  • Keep your heat pump or air conditioner’s filter clean. Check it once a month.

  • Use cold water for laundry wash and rinse cycles when possible.

  • Caulk your home’s doors and windows.

  • Weather strip doors to unheated/uncooled areas of your home such as the garage, crawl space and attic.

  • If your home has a fireplace, close the damper tightly when the fireplace is not in use.

  • Use fans to circulate air and make you feel cooler at a higher thermostat setting.

  • Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees. · Run full dishwasher loads and use the "air dry" setting or turn the dishwasher off after the final rinse.

  • Use only cold water in your food waste disposal and to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. 

    Sources: APS, SRP

Contacts

In extreme emergencies, citizens who are in danger should call 9-1-1.

Customers who have questions about energy use can call the following numbers or log on to their providers' Web sites:

APS  602-371-7171

SRP  602-236-8888

If there is a blackout:

  • Turn off electrical equipment that was being used when the power went out.

  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting. Don't use candles.

  • Listen to local radio stations for updates.

  • Avoid opening your refrigerator or freezer.

  • Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.

Supplies you may need in the event of a blackout:

  • Flashlight

  • Batteries

  • Portable radio

  • Water - At least a gallon

  • Small supply of food