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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 1-800-895-4999 Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. MST to enroll.

Details

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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Eligibility

  • 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.

Additional Information

  • The switch is typically installed within six to eight weeks after you sign up.
  • No appointment necessary for the installation.
  • Your participation in Saver's Switch is automatically carried forward every year.
  • Recommended minimum participation commitment is one year. You can call to cancel your participation in the program at anytime, although you must remain enrolled in the program to receive the discount.
  • Your home's disconnect box or breaker box must be within 50 feet or visual site of the air conditioning unit in order to install the Saver's Switch. Our installers will determine eligibility on-site.

Energy Saving Tip

Make sure to regularly change the air filters on your HVAC system (at least once per month). Old, clogged filters are far less efficient than new ones.

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Gas Meter Safety

Keep your natural gas meter dry and clear of snow and ice at all times to avoid the potential for dangerous indoor natural gas buildup.

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