Xcel Energy's Patrik Ronnings stopped by Showcase Minnesota to talk about a free program to help you save energy and money.
It's called Saver's Switch. It's simple to sign up: you just call and they install a small switch on your central air conditioner. On hot summer days - 10 to 15 days at most each year - Xcel Energy cycles your air conditioner off and on at 15- to 20-minute intervals. The fan stays on, circulating already-cooled air throughout your home. Most customers don't even notice when Saver's Switch is activated.
The average temperature increase is one to two degrees during activation. On control days, Saver's Switch is typically activated during the afternoon into early evening - a time you're likely to be outdoors or not at home.
Each year you participate, you'll receive a 15% discount on your electric energy and fuel cost charges on bills issued from June through September. Learn more at www.xcelevision.com or call 1-800-895-4999.