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Beat the Peak

Summer Energy-Saving Tips

The heat of summer often sees the height of utility costs. This is partially due to the increase in energy load, but also when energy is being used.

“On-peak hours”—typically between 1 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday during the summer months—refers to the time of day when there is the most demand for electricity, requiring more power from the electrical supplier. This extra power to supply the peak demand—the electric utility industry’s equivalent of rush-hour traffic—is when power costs skyrocket. When costs to the power supplier increase, costs to our consumer-members increase as well.

Avoiding peak energy costs is a good reason to put some chores on hold between 1 and 7 p.m.--the hottest part of the day. Delay activities that require hot water, such as washing clothes, taking showers or washing dishes. Also, postpone using heavy appliances, like clothes dryers and ovens. Use the following energy-saving steps to beat the peak this summer.

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