Do you want to keep costs down for yourself and every member of your cooperative? When members join together, you can have a bigger impact on keeping bills low.
We have a program to give members a free, easy way to do this!
“Beat The Peak” is a voluntary program to alert members when a peak in power usage is expected. That’s when you can take action to help beat the peak by shifting some of your electricity consumption until a later time that day.
Peaks occur when a majority of people are using the most electricity all at once. As a result, power generators must produce enough electricity to meet the high demand.
Peaks typically occur on the hottest summer afternoons, from 2 pm until 7 pm.
If members voluntarily reduce their electricity usage during peak demand times, it can make a big difference in controlling expensive wholesale power costs to keep rates — and bills — low. It can even help delay the need to build power plants!
How can you help Beat The Peak?
First, sign up to receive alerts one of the following ways: Visit BlueRidgeEnergy.com/BTP or text BTP to 70216.
We try to send alerts a day in advance so that you can prepare! During the alert time period in your notification, consider doing one or more of the following:
- Raise your thermostat as high as comfortable in summer.
- Shift times to wash and dry clothes, or run your dishwasher.
- Delay chores requiring hot water.
- Turn off unnecessary lights.
- Grill outside or use the microwave.
Help hold down power costs by signing up to receive Beat The Peak alerts!