By - CarbonSquirrel
I wfh and I am on 3-6 plan, but supercooling your house is essential and depending on the location of your computer, you might wanna move in the afternoon as if you are in front of any windows, it gets unreasonably warm.
Myself and my s/o both WFH full time so here is what you could expect if you did the basic plan. During the day I keep it set between 77-80. Usually around 7pm I will turn it down to 73 and then around 10pm I’ll put it at 70. Around 7am the next day I turn it back up but leave the fan constantly running. Our condo is 1100 sq ft and faces west. Our bill is usually between $200-$275/month from May-September as a point of reference for you.
I will have a similar condo soon, but the afternoon sun will hit one of the side really hard, so min. usage during the hot hours are really not possible. The previous owner said the highest bill he got last year was $167 during Sep. But since it is my first summer here, I am expecting more, so $200 until Oct. is probably where I am looking at, but do I always have to pick a plan that is on that list?
AFAIK, the basic plan is considered standard. Unless you choose a different plan specifically, you will be on the basic plan paying for the energy you use per month.
I do this almost exactly, but don’t let the fan run when I turn the temp back up in the morning. Does running the fan keep the house cooler?
SRP's regular TOU plan makes you feel miserable during the hot summer afternoons unless you pre-cool the house to 70 in the morning and have good insulation. I'd go with the 4-7 EZ-3 plan if I were on SRP again.
Your place is small, so you might be better with the basic plan, unless you are using more than 2000 kw a month. I assume you only have 1 AC unit and you keep it a energy efficient temperature. You might only save less than $100 dollars a year with an ez plan, that is only a saving of <$8 dollars a month just to feel uncomfortable for 3 hours.
I'm currently on EZ-3 but my house is larger, when I was living in a town house similar size of your current place. I was in the basic plan and 1 summer season I tested the Ez-3 plan and I saved like $40/year, it wasn't that much but was more uncomfortable.
Edit: the best you can do is to set a eco friendly temperature like 78 - 80 degrees all day.
When we lived in our 750 sqft apartment we just used the basic plan. For that size the bill never got crazy. And it was nice being able to have the AC on all day. We were in comfort day & night.
I have a 1316 sqft home and run 3 powerful PCs plus a laptop during the day; keeping the blinds closed once it's above 85 or so is a MUST in order to keep the room temps under control imo. I just do the basic plan and pay using their ez budget plan or whatever its called; it averages estimated usage 12 months out of the year and lets you pay a normal monthly rate instead of the lump sum you use. Last year I paid $156 a month and this year went up to $170 with my house set to 74ish.
EZ3 and TOU are really the best options. look at the rate plans between those 2, the others aren't worth considering in the majority of cases.
TOU is better if you have e.g. programmable thermostat, timer on dishwasher, etc. to delay what you can during the window.
EZ3 is better if its all manual, as you can easily shut the AC off for 3 hours and manually work around the set time period with a phone alarm etc.
Since you are renting, probably EZ3.
If you have actual usage data to export and are somewhat technical, you can use cheald's calculator to figure out which plan costs what for you: https://github.com/cheald/srp-bill-calculator
Like for example, here is mine: https://imgur.com/a/Pz13KZU
Note that I wouldn't trust any of the demand based calculations because SRP doesn't export data fine grained enough to be able to calculate that accurately. SRP's data is in hour chunks, but demand charges are calculated in 30 minute windows. 10kW for 30 min followed by 0kW for 30 min versus 5kW for 60 minutes looks identical on the export, but one gets a 10kW demand charge, the other 5kW.
That's a great resource. Forgive me if I'm pointing out the obvious, though, but it's worth keeping in mind that you're calculating what each plan would cost if you kept your usage exactly the same. That's very helpful if you're looking for some no-effort savings, but if you're willing to strategize a bit to optimize your savings under each plan, it gets trickier to figure out what's best.
Any thoughts on the Basic Plan from anyone?
It seems like if you use under 2000kilowatts it’s a pretty good deal. I have no idea what 2000kw equates to do maybe that’s not realistic.
SRP Basic has always ended up cheaper for us in house and apartments. Other plans only work if you can pre cool home, only read books with lights off(sarcasm), and/or never cook dinner.
I have about a 1000 sq ft condo that is west facing and I primarily work from home. I keep my thermostat at 78 all day and night. It's a smart thermostat that knows when I leave so it will go up to 83 when I'm gone. I have the basic plan because I don't want to deal with 3 hours of miserable stuffiness. Spending about $80 a mo right now. Even if it goes up to $120 over the summer I'd be happy to pay the extra for my comfort. So so so worth it.
I’d opt for the basic plan. We have APS, and while their TOU is more punitive than SRP, there’s nothing worse than having to sweat through the tail end of a workday because demand fees.
Basic. It not using your ac from 3 to 6 is rough and not worth it unless you aren’t home.
As a side note to help with your cooling costs, invest in some blackout curtains. Walmart carries a good and reasonably priced selection. During the hot months I use tension rods (also at Walmart)on the windows on the Western and Northern sides of the house. This allows us to take them down during the winter and use the sun to help heat the house. We call it cave dwelling.
Every apartment I lived in didn't have an energy efficient air conditioner. The last apartment (700 sqft) had electric bills just shy of my current 1400 sqft house (built in '74). I'd stay with the basic plan for at least a year. I don't know if SRP offers the equalizer plan, but that averages your bills over time so you'll pay more in the winter, but less in the summer.