I am not sure if the off peak / on peak program is everywhere but we have it here in AZ and we had it in CA. You may even have the option to be on it or not. We did and I chose not to be on it because I am home all day with my kids and I have to use my big appliances during the day (I have a never ending mountain of laundry!)
Our elec. co. even checked to see which plan would be better for us. I would ask your elec co if they have the peak plan and if it would be in your best interest to use it. And if at all possible use energy star appliances, they make a huge difference! I certainly hope that this will help and good luck!
I don’t know where you live but we’re are in AZ so NOT running the AC is not an option!! But we do try to keep it at 80-82 degrees if we’re not home and 78-80 degrees if we are! Believe me, I hate that bill ( which is $200 and up mar-oct) but I hate the heat more! You need to find out if you are on an on-peak – off-peak plan because that will make a huge difference!
The way that works is the electric co. charges like $0.20 per kw from 7am to 7pm(peak time) and $0.07 per kw from 7pm to 7am ( off peak time) and a lot of times weekends are off peak. If you are on a plan like this doing laundry during the day is not a good idea. I hope that this is some help to you and good luck!