By working together we can help each other beat the peak
As a member of REC, you know how to make smart energy choices helping you save money. But did you know when you use electricity can be just as important as how much you use?
Throughout the day, energy use fluctuates based on consumer demand. Typically, most households use larger amounts of electricity in the morning when most people are getting ready for their day, and in the evenings when people return from work, cook dinner, wash clothes and watch television.
These times when people in our community are using more electricity at the same time are called “peak” hours. The cost for REC to provide power is higher during these times because of the additional demand for electricity. While REC does not offer a different rate structure for peak hours, it is beneficial for REC members to watch for notifications about peak days and conserve or use their electricity wisely.
By shifting some of your energy use to hours when demand is lower, also known as off-peak hours, you can save money on your energy bills and help keep rates lower for our community.
Here are a few easy ways you can shift energy use to off-peak hours:
• Adjust your thermostat. During summer months, raise the thermostat a few degrees during peak hours.
• Wash full loads of clothes in cold water during off-peak hours.
• Run the dishwasher right before you go to bed, or air-dry dishes by opening the dishwasher instead of using the heated dry cycle.
• Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. (Try to make this a daily habit, whether during peak or off-peak hours.)
There are many ways to save energy and money by making a few minor adjustments to your daily routine.
We are here to help. Contact us if you have questions about your energy bill or for additional energy-saving tips.