Each time I venture to Denver’s 16th Street Mall for lunch, I weave in and out of non-profit volunteers like I’m participating in some urban slalom event. Sometimes I have to dodge the aggressive ones like real-life Frogger.
Don’t get me wrong, I have causes I am passionate about. I regularly donate to No Kid Hungry and The Humane Society. But beyond that, my charitable resources are tapped. At least I thought so.
I found that over a half million of our customers are making a difference (which we’ll get into in a few) by donating a few degrees of comfort, a few hours out of the year through a free program called Saver’s Switch®. Plus, they’re saving money on their electricity bill as well. There is no official title for Saver’s Switch participants, but I’d like to call them “peak day partners.”
So what is Saver’s Switch?
Saver’s Switch is a small, remote device that we supply and install for free. It cycles your air conditioner off and on, generally at 15- to 20-minute intervals, during days in the summer which energy demand peaks.
Well, if you’re anything like me, all I heard was, “It’s some robot device that turns my air conditioner off whenever it wants and I’ll sweat and be very uncomfortable when it does.” To ease the anxiety of robot devices and being uncomfortably sweaty, I decided to get some expert Q&A therapy. Here is what I found:
- There have been no more than five peak days per year over the past three years.
- Cycling the air conditioner in 15-to 20-minute intervals can increase your household temperature a few degrees, give or take, on average.
- The switch is usually activated between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
All the above made me feel much better, that Saver’s Switch wouldn’t turn my casa (and me) into a hot sweaty mess. The YouTube video did a wonderful job explaining the program as well.
Back to the topic at hand…making a difference. When you enroll in Saver’s Switch, you’ll help your community by helping to reduce the possibility of service interruptions due to peaks in demand and delay or reduce the need to build additional power plants.
After I close on my house this month, I plan on signing up for the program. There aren’t many ways that immediately come to mind which allow me to make a difference in my community without me physically participating or opening my wallet. Plus, I figure the money I’ll save on my electricity bill each year will allow me to feed a few more kids and shelter a few more animals.
For more information or to sign up for Saver’s Switch, please visit xcelenergy.com/Save_Money_&_Energy or call 1-800-895-4999.