Energy Saving Tips from our Members
We thought you’d like to hear from someone other than us for a change! We asked the members of our Griddster advocacy program what their favorite energy savings tips are and what has helped them save with Griddy. So we wanted to pass them along! Now, if you’re not sure what our Griddster advocacy program is, it is a group of our biggest evangelists who come together to do fun tasks and challenges and get rewarded points for them by Griddy. The more points you earn, the more prizes you can collect. And if you’re curious, the prizes include gift cards to just about anywhere, one on one conversations with anyone from our Griddy team, and smart home devices. If you would like to join, all you have to do is look for the Griddster link in your monthly email, or contact us in any way that you'd like: Email, Text, Comment, Carrier Pigeon.
Here are the tips!
To make the most of Griddy’s method of selling low-cost electricity, we decided to invest in a couple of things. First, we changed all the light in the house to LED’s. Unlike the ads about them, do all of the new lights last for 10 or 20 years? No. I’ve replaced quite a few that have only been in a year or so. But, odds are that they are still less expensive to operate than the ones that were taken out. Next, we bought two smart thermostats that work well with Griddy. It took a bit of reading to get them up and running but now all is well. They know what temperature to start up the heat or A/C and when to turn it off. We don’t have to be in charge of doing that anymore. Finally, during the winter, we decided not to have the heat on full blast and the same with the summer air conditioning. Instead, we live with it being a little cooler in winter, a little warmer in summer.
~ John S., Member since 2019
If there is a high-priced 5 minute period do not restart high consumption electrical appliances until the next quarter hour period (i.e. quarter after, half past, quarter, on the hour). Otherwise, even though the next 5 minute period may be lower priced you will be charged the entire 15-minute using an average which includes the high priced 5 minute period.
~ Frank G., Member since 2019
Turn off and unplug anything you’re not using. Unplugging seems extreme, but it really helps, and being mindful of what electricity you’re actually using helps, too. If you can help it, why waste? It’s good for you and for others, too. Use your crock-pot, instant-pot, grill, or toaster oven instead of regular oven or stove. It helps with unnecessary heating of the indoors competing with your HVAC system. #doingmypart #alonetogether
~ Andrea W., Member since 2020
Home automation built around Smartthings. Pull Griddy pricing every 5 minutes and when price exceeds 8¢/kWh turn off the AC, secondary fridge and pool pumps. The AC/pool pumps are the two biggest power users in our household. Lights in the garage and pantry which always get left on are controlled by ZOOZ switches and door sensors so when opened they turn on automatically but also turn off when the door is closed (pantry) or after five minutes (garage). Automation removes the need to constantly monitor but we do anyways via a tablet (Kindle Fire) running ActionTiles which we check before the dishwasher or dryer runs. Timers on lights and fans are small wins. Bedroom fan goes on at 10PM and off at 8AM. Receive text messages when price exceeds 8¢/kWh on family phones so everyone gets a notification that the price is high and act accordingly.
~ Mark P., Member since 2017
Run your AC during a low price period to ‘pre-cool’ down the house. In case of a spike, you can go longer without running the AC.
~ Penny H., Member since 2019
I unplug all nonessential items like hour dryers and small appliances. I also turn my AC up 2 degrees higher upstairs as I am not there during the day.
~ Andrea R., Member since 2019
I’m an electronics engineer, so here goes: My first move was to integrate my Nest thermostat using IFTTT. I created a set of rules based on real-time pricing in my zone to adjust the AC up and down based on real-time price. It also logs price data and usage. The next step was to replace my Nest with a self-designed touch LCD specifically for Griddy that sits in my living room, and talk via WiFI to relay on the wall where the Nest was. It also talks to other Nest connected devices to disconnect base loads during extreme price peaks, eg: microwave, specific power strips, etc. This unit tracks local actual weather and forecast, and is learning to preemptively cool the house before the anticipated high cost period. Interestingly, my house is on average 3F cooler this year than last year on average, 12 months trailing. Finally, I spent $1,200 to augment my central AC with a high efficiency 22 SEER split AC that is about 32% more efficient than my standard home AC (15 SEER) because it can run more flexibly, and operates to limit humidity – our observation being that we can be comfortable in higher temperatures in the home if humidity is low. The split AC can run at 30% of capacity and act as a dehumidifier with half the running cost of an actual dehumidifier, because it also moves heat outside. The split AC is just going in now, and is an experiment in progress. I am looking for other electronics integration projects around the house to further increase efficiency and lower costs, including: offsetting more cooling from central AC to split AC, because it’s much more efficient and doesn’t waste energy cooling the attic. My main problem right now is that I have reduced my electrical consumption so much, for 6-7 months of the year the $10 Griddy fee is the single largest component of my bill and makes the per kWH cost quite high – though I more than make that back in the summer/fall.
~ Lisa A., Member since 2018
Use dark out curtains, weather strip doors, keep blinds closed on the west side of the house. Set the thermostat a few degrees higher in the daytime.
~ Tracy W., Member since 2019
Our main emphasis has been and will always be on the AC. Nothing else comes close to using such levels of energy. We have gas heat, gas hot water heater, and gas stove. The only other “major'' electrical items are our dryer and oven. This comes down to a simple equation for savings – don’t dry clothes or bake during the high-price times of day (typically 1-7PM in our timezone, and in Jul/Aug and maybe Sep.) That’s easy to do, The more painful case is with the AC, particularly if it’s a hot day (and we are home all day because we are retired). There I try to cool off ahead of time if it’s reported to be high that day and then monitor/adjust manually throughout the high-price period. I have “smart” thermostats but don’t want them adjusting themselves with a tie-in to the pricing which I guess I could do with IFTTT but haven’t set that up.
~ Charles B., Member since 2018
1. Run home automation to turn off lights. 2. Use Nest thermostat to identify when I am not home to reduce electricity during peak times. 3. Unplug where possible.
~ Wesley Z., Member since 2019
I usually unplug any small appliances that I’m not using and make sure my phone charger isn’t plugged in if it’s not being used. I only wash clothes at night or early in the am when the rates are lower.
~ Jeremy F., Member since 2019
Up the thermostat 2-3 degrees when not home.
~ Sheana R., Member since 2019
I’m doing more full loads of laundry and running the dishwasher instead of partial loads.
~ Kathy H., Member since 2018
After checking projected rates on the Griddy app, I’ll use the time delay dishwasher button to choose the optimal time to start. I also have started scheduling car charges at home to run during the lowest cost-off peak hours.
~ Jeremiah J., Member since 2020
When you get that sweet sweet ‘low prices’ alert from Griddy, turn on the dishwasher and washing machine!
~ Alex D., Member since 2019