Certain times of the day and year, such as during the coldest winter and hottest summer days between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., are very busy for your Cooperative. Known as peak hours, these are times when many people are using electricity all at once. Because demand is high, it costs ECI REC more to generate electricity during peak periods—which can cause the cost of your electricity to rise as well. So, using less electricity during peak periods can save your Co-op—and you—money.
Here’s how you can help during peak hours:
- Shift household chores and activities away from peak periods. Wait to run your dishwasher until you go to bed, for instance.
- Use the most energy-efficient appliances you have. Your microwave oven, for example, uses considerably less energy than your stove or cook-top.
- Look for ENERGY STAR® labels if you’re buying a new appliance. You can be assured you are getting a highly efficient machine.
- Be aware of your energy consumption. Try to get in the habit of using energy efficiently year-round.
Use the energy you need, but use it wisely! You’ll help your Co-op avoid building expensive new power plants—and that, in turn, will help keep your electric rates stable.