Did you know that energy costs more during "peak hours," certain times during the day when more people are using energy at once? With so much demand for electricity, it costs more for electric companies like your Co-op to purchase and provide. Peak hours tend to vary during time of year, but they usually last from mid-morning to evening in the summer, and early to mid-morning, then early evening to nighttime in the winter. As a general rule, when more people would be awake and home from work, more energy will be used.
If you'd like to save money on your electric bill, start reducing power usage during peak hours and take advantage of "off-peak" hours, when electricity is cheaper. Making small changes in your energy usage can benefit both our planet and your wallet.
Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative currently runs a Load Control program that wants to make it easier than ever for our members to "Beat the Peak." We offer incentives for our members who would like us to install a DRU (Demand Response Unit) on appliances like central air conditioners, water heaters, and ETS heat units to shift usage from time of peak demand to times of lesser demand.
Keep reading below to learn how it works!