PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - With the arrival of May 1, it should come as no surprise that we are now entering what energy companies define as the summer season.

The summer season, for billing purposes, runs from May through October, and often means higher charges for electricity. HereAca,!a,,cs what it means to members of the Presidio of Monterey community and to anyone who is interested in avoiding higher electric bills.

For residential customers home energy bills in summer will reflect a seasonal rate increase of approximately 56-percent for the same amount of energy you may have used in the winter season. This is a result of higher energy demand in the summer months caused by increased use of air conditioning in warmer parts of the state.

A 56-percent cost increase should be a very good incentive to take a close look at how you are using energy and cut back wherever possible.

The changeover to the summer season also has a huge impact on the installation's energy bills because of the way commercial account rate structures are set up.

The way it works is there are three peak periods throughout the day: off-peak, part-peak and peak.

As could be expected, the cost of electricity is least expensive during the off-peak period and most expensive during the peak period. That said, the Presidio of Monterey pays 75 percent more for electricity from noon to 6 p.m. than it does from 9:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. That's a lot of tax dollars we can save if people here simply shift their electrical demand away from the noon to 6 p.m. period.

Here are some ways you can help:
Aca,!AcAvoid using large appliances from noon to 6 p.m. The biggest culprits in this category are electric stoves and clothes dryers, so try to cook meals and start laundry after 6 p.m.
Aca,!AcBefore you leave for lunch, look around to see if anything's on that could be turned off.
Aca,!AcIf possible, plug in rechargeable devices from 9:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Every bit of savings helps support the Presidio of Monterey's energy and water conservation programs. Together, we can make a significant impact.

Page last updated Fri July 22nd, 2011 at 12:16