Power Smart Pricing - A Smart Electricity Rate from Ameren Illinois



Summer Energy Newsletter

July 18, 2016

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.


  • While away from home, set your thermostat temperature higher to make sure your AC is only cooling people, not empty rooms.
  • 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 grill.
  • Wait to use big appliances. Use your dishwasher and do your laundry during lower-priced hours, like nights and weekends.
  • Clean or change your AC filters once a month.
  • Install LED lights. They produce light without generating extra heat like more traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Sun’s out? Close the curtains and blinds. Sun’s in? Open the windows. Keep the hot out and let the cool in.

Take advantage of Ameren Illinois’ energy efficiency program discounts and incentives. Go to AmerenIllinois.com/Programs or call 1-866-838-6918 to learn more.

Click here to download the 2016 Summer Readiness tips.