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Saver's Switch

Cut back on usage during peak demand and save

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.

Get Started

Sign up online or call 800-895-4999 to enroll.


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 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.

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  • You must be an Xcel Energy customer with central air conditioning in participating areas to qualify.
  • Customers who live in apartments or condominiums are not eligible unless:
    • They have owner approval.
    • They have an A/C dedicated to their apartment located outside on the ground level near the building. We do not install Saver’s Switch on rooftop A/Cs, window units, or wall units for any dwelling.

Eligible Minnesota residents will save 15 percent on their June through September electric energy charges each year they participate in the Saver's Switch 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.

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