We all know how bad traffic can be: The road that’s perfectly clear at 10 a.m. becomes a parking lot at 5 p.m. The same thing happens to our power system. When we all use electricity at the same time, more and more electrons have places to go, and the lines get crowded. Just as our costs in time, gas mileage and HOV tolls increase with the number of cars on the road, potential transmission costs for the next year become higher as the demand for energy increases.
If We All Shift Our Use, We All Save!
Shift non-time-sensitive tasks, like running your dishwasher or dryer, away from our electric “rush hour” of 2 to 6 p.m. and help save on transmission costs next year. Learn more ways you can shift your energy use at pec.coop/peak.
Biggest Road Hogs
Steer away from using these major appliances between 2 and 6 p.m.
HVAC: Pre-cool your home between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., then bump the thermostat up a few degrees during peak hours.
Dishwasher: Instead of running the dishwasher right after you get home from work, start it just before you go to bed.
Washer and dryer: Run your washing machine overnight, then start the dryer when you wake up in the morning.
Water heater: Install a timer that turns your water heater off during hours you’re not likely to use hot water.