Consider the time of day you’re using HVAC
If you’re on a flat rate electricity contract where you pay the same rate throughout the day, then it pays to minimise the use of HVAC at all times.
However, if you’re on a ‘time-of-use’ contract with your energy provider, you’ll be paying more for electricity during ‘peak’ periods. If this is the case, it pays to minimise the use of your HVAC equipment during late afternoon ‘peak’ times, as this is when electricity is at its most expensive.
If you have to use HVAC, try to do so during ‘off-peak’ or ‘shoulder’ times of the day when the energy is cheaper.
- 1. If you’re on ‘time-of-use’ pricing this can be between 2–8pm, but check with your energy provider for the times in your area.