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PEAK ALERT: An Opportunity To Save

Most of us make an effort to hold down our electric bill by turning off unnecessary lights, switching off unwatched televisions, adjusting the thermostat to save on energy used for heating and cooling, dialing down the electric water heater to no more than a 130 degree setting, and by using small appliances efficiently as possible whenever possible.

Another way you can control the cost of your electricity is by participating in our voluntary PEAK ALERT Program.

WHY PEAK ALERT?

Since electricity can't be stored, it must be produced on demand, when you turn on an appliance. Generating this much electricity during peak demand periods requires the use of additional generators, which are more costly to operate. This means it costs more to generate electricity during peak demand periods. So even a small reduction in peak demand can pay big dividends!

WHEN TO EXPECT PEAK ALERT

Peak demand usually occurs in the summer during extremely hot days between 3 and 8 p.m. A winter peak usually occurs on extremely cold days between 6 and 11 a.m. and 5 and 8 p.m.



HOW IT WORKS

Peak Alert is used only when absolutely necessary to reduce demand charges. It doesn't mean that we're running out of electricity. It simply means we're striving to save you money. When we anticipate a peak is about to occur, we'll make a peak alert announcement on television and/or radio. When you hear this alert announcement, we ask that you limit your use to one major electrical appliance at a time, and turn off any lights, televisions, or small appliances when not in use. Remember, every little bit counts. The money you save will be your own.