Make reservations to escape the winter cold with an island vacation, and you’ll find it’s more expensive to go during the winter than the summer. Lots of people want to enjoy some tropical sun. But when demand is high, the price goes up.
Energy, including electricity, works the same way.
When more people demand electricity at once, it’s more expensive to produce. These times are called “peaks.” They occur in both winter and summer. Winter peak times typically occur weekdays during the early morning hours, between 7 and 9 am.
You can help your cooperative manage the cost it pays for electricity during these peaks by shifting the time you use electricity.
For example, you could start your washer and dryer any time after 9 a.m. this winter. You could do the same for dishwashers. Newer versions even allow you to program the time they run. You can also help by simply switching off unnecessary lights or lowering your thermostat a couple of degrees during these hours.
By changing when you use electricity, you’ll help reduce the need for power during peak times. And that helps keep power costs stable, which in turn helps keep your rates lower. As the saying goes, timing is everything.
If you'd like to discover more about your energy use, visit Blue Ridge Energy's website to learn how to read your meter.