Hot summer days mean increased air conditioning use, which pushes demand for electricity to a peak. By participating in our Saver's Switch program, you'll help us manage these peaks by cutting back just a little on the time your central air works to cool your home.
In exchange for your participation, you'll receive savings on your electric charges each year you participate in Saver's Switch. (Credits vary by state.)
Saver’s Switch is a free program that helps us:
You'll stay cool and comfortable. On a few hot summer days a year Xcel Energy may activate Saver's Switch. The switch cycles your air conditioner off and on generally at 15-to-20 minute intervals. However, the furnace fan stays on, circulating already-cooled air throughout your home.
Most customers don't even notice when Saver's Switch is activated. On control days, Saver's Switch is typically activated between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Eligible Minnesota residents who participate in Saver's Switch will save 15 percent on their June through September electric energy charges each year they participate in the program. The discount applies to charges up to a maximum of 4,000 kWh per month.
You are eligible for an additional 2 percent savings if you enroll a qualifying electric water heater at the same time. The Saver's Switch will shut off the water heater usually for a six-hour period on hot summer days or cold winter afternoons. The hot water stored in the water heater is still available for use through the period. You must be home for water heater installation.
To enroll, simply call 1-800-895-4999 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. MST.
To qualify, you must be an Xcel Energy residential electric customer with central air conditioning in Minnesota.
Customers who live in apartments or condominiums are not eligible unless they have owner approval and an A/C dedicated to their apartment located outside on the ground level near the building. Xcel Energy does not install Saver’s Switch on rooftop A/Cs, window, or wall units for any dwelling.
Other restrictions may apply.
A programmable thermostat can help you save big on energy costs, adjusting the temperature when you're at work, at play, or asleep.