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Steps to "Beat the Peak" Energy Usage
There is two peak periods for energy use, winter and summer. “Summer peak times
generally occur May through October between the hours of 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. Winter peak times are between November and April from 6 a.m. to 9
For all intensive purposes, power users should note the
highest strains on the electric grid occur when consumers are getting
for their day in the morning and when they get home from work during
the evening. "Peak" energy hours are the time of day during which the most
electricity is used – typically daytime. During peak energy hours
additional power plants, "peak-hour plants", are needed, which is typically is the most dirty and costly sources. Energy produced from these
sources significantly impacts the cost of your electricity as well as
generates more green-house gas emissions during the worst period
Here are a few tips to "Beat the Peak":
Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. Greater peak-shaving can
occur by increasing (during the summer) or lowering (during the winter)
the setting by two to three degrees during the peak time.
- Delay use of major home appliances ie. dryers, dishwashers, ovens and washing machines.
- Postpone using hot water so that the demand for the water heater is
reduced during the peak times, particularly if the source of heat is an
electric tankless water heater, which significantly increases demand.