With so many working from home due to COVID-19, and with it being the hottest summer on record in the Valley so far, home energy usage is likely higher than in previous years.
SRP tells ABC15 that residential usage was up by 6% in April, roughly one month into the pandemic.
With hotter-than-average temperatures anticipated in the future, so too will our energy consumption, including air conditioning.
Projections from the Energy Information Administration show that future home A/C usage in the United States will go up 59% by the year 2050.
With this in mind, SRP is doing what it can to help its customers and the environment, too.
The company’s Shade Tree Program will provide customers with two desert-adapted trees to help them save energy, conserve water, and green up their yards. The trees are free for SRP customers.
There are six eligible desert-adapted shade trees with the program, including Native Mesquite, Palo Verde, Thornless Palo Verde, Thornless Mesquite, Desert Willow, and Willow Acacia.
One of the requirements to receive the trees is for customers to attend a free online webinar to learn how to best plant and care for them.
To find out if you’re eligible and if you would like to register for the online webinar, click the link here.
If you are not eligible, SRP has alternatives to assist customers who are trying to find ways to save, including air conditioning/shade screen rebates, and its Smart Thermostat Program. More here.
SRP also offers energy-saving advice to help lower monthly electric bills. Click here.