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Utility Disconnection Ban In Place During Extreme Heat


As San Tan Valley braces for its first excessive heat watch of the season, the Arizona Corporation Commission is reminding residents about the crucial utility disconnection ban in place during extreme weather conditions. This measure ensures that most regulated electric utilities cannot disconnect residential customers for late payment, non-payment, or accumulated debt during these periods.

Arizona Public Service Company (APS) has options to protect customers during extreme heat. APS can either enforce a moratorium on disconnections from June 1 to October 15 or suspend disconnections if the forecasted temperature exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Given the anticipated temperatures soaring to 113 degrees this week, APS has chosen to implement the June 1 to October 15 moratorium.

Key Points to Remember

  • Disconnection Ban: From June 1 to October 15, APS will not disconnect residential customers due to non-payment.
  • Responsibility for Bills: Despite the moratorium, customers are still responsible for paying their utility bills, and charges will continue to accumulate. It's essential to reach out to utility providers for information on financial resources and payment plans.

Important Note for SRP Customers

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) does not oversee Salt River Project (SRP), which provides electric services to a large portion of San Tan Valley. Therefore, SRP does not participate in the disconnect ban. For more information on financial resources for SRP customers, please visit the SRP website.

Practical Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption

During extreme heat, energy consumption spikes as residents seek to stay cool, leading to higher energy bills. Here are some practical tips to help reduce energy usage and manage costs:

  1. Keep Curtains and Blinds Closed: Prevents heat from entering the home.
  2. Use Fans for Personal Cooling: More energy-efficient than air conditioning.
  3. Limit High-Energy Appliance Use During Peak Hours: Helps manage demand.
  4. Regularly Change HVAC Filters: Ensures efficient system performance.
  5. Invest in Smart Thermostats and Energy-Efficient Appliances: Long-term savings on energy costs.

Energy Efficiency Programs and Conservation

The Arizona Corporation Commission encourages all residents to explore available energy efficiency programs through their electric utility providers. Voluntary energy conservation measures can also help manage overall utility costs and ensure a reliable energy supply during peak demand periods.

As temperatures rise, it's vital to stay informed and take proactive steps to manage energy consumption and ensure safety. For more information and updates, stay connected with your utility providers and explore available resources.

Stay cool, stay safe, and remember that during Arizona's sweltering summer months, managing energy use effectively can make a significant difference.
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