Power Smart Pricing - A Smart Electricity Rate from Ameren Illinois



Summer Energy Newsletter

July 5, 2017

When the weather turns warm and air conditioners start to run, hourly pricing patterns begin to change. Hourly electricity prices tend to be highest during hot summer afternoons. To manage summer electricity costs, reduce your usage between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and shift some of your usage to nights and weekends. Your participation in Power Smart Pricing is more powerful than you realize. By using energy wisely, you’re also helping your community and environment.


Pre-cooling is easy. Run your air conditioner overnight to help you save. If you take advantage of low overnight electricity prices and make your home extra cool, your home will retain this cool air throughout the following morning and afternoon, reducing the need to run your air conditioner when electricity prices may be higher.


  • While away from home, set your thermostat temperature higher to make sure your AC is only cooling people, not empty rooms.
  • Clean or change your AC filters once a month.
  • Run the dishwasher when prices are low and use the “energy-saver” or no-heat dry setting.
  • Using the oven on a hot summer day heats up your kitchen. Use the microwave, pressure cooker, or the outside grill.
  • Wait to use big appliances. Use your dishwasher and do your laundry during lower-priced hours, like nights and weekends.
  • Turn off TVs and computers. Have fun out in the sun.
  • Install energy-saving LED lights. LED bulbs produce light without generating extra heat like traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Sun’s out? Close the curtains and blinds. Sun’s not shining? Open the windows. Keep the hot out and let the cool in.

Take advantage of Ameren Illinois’ energy efficiency program rebates, discounts, and other incentives. Visit the Ameren Illinois Energy Savings Center or call 1-866-838-6918 to learn more.

Click here to download the 2017 Summer Readiness tips.