You may have heard that it’s better to run appliances during the night, but is it true? To sum it up: yes! However, there are a lot of pieces to this puzzle, so keep reading to finally get the answer to your question, “when is it the best time to run appliances?”
Utility companies charge higher rates during peak hours
First of all, utility companies charge higher rates during peak hours. Naturally, electricity fees will be higher when the power grid is under pressure… nearly everyone runs their dishwasher and washing machine after lunch or when they get home from work!
According to Real Simple, the best time to do laundry to save electricity is after 7 p.m. and before noon the next day. If you’re committed to sustainable living, run your appliances late at night to ease up the power grid. And we’ll finish up with a pro tip: your local energy provider should have a website that lists the best time to run appliances.
Running at night saves on cooling costs
Now that you know it’s cheaper to do laundry at night, you probably won’t be surprised to know that it also saves on cooling costs. Running large appliances like the dishwasher, dryer and washing machine during warm days can increase the temperature indoors making it nice and toasty! Unfortunately, this also causes your AC to work overtime too. Wait until it’s cooler at night to save on both electricity costs and decrease usage.
Unplug energy-sucking items during the day
While the large appliances do take up the most power, the small items can easily build up. Some items use more electricity than others… for example, AOL lists 12 of the top power suckers including laptop computers, modems and coffee makers. You can save money by unplugging these items when you leave the house or go to work. And since we know it’s cheapest to use electricity after 7 p.m., try to only charge cell phones, laptop computers and similar items when you go to bed.