How does "Energy Alert" lower my energy costs?
There are two major factors that affect the price of electricity – the price of fuel such as coal or natural gas needed to generate power, and the demand for power. The demand for electricity is greatest in the hot summer months between the “Peak” hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. During normal load periods the Cooperative pays only pennies per kilowatt-hour for power. However, during “Peak” demand or energy periods, we can pay up to one dollar per kilowatt-hour. By limiting the amount of power purchased during these “Peak” high-priced energy periods, we can reduce our total power costs and provide significant savings for our members.
What Can you do to help?
During the “Energy Alert” hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., members are asked to use energy wisely and follow these guidelines:
- If possible, delay the use of major appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.
- Set your thermostat a few degrees higher.
- Limit or delay the use of hot water during peak times.
- Turn off all unnessary light and close window shades.
- Click here for more energy efficient saving tips.
Together we can contribute to energy conservation. During hours of peak consumption, the light bulb image to the right will be displayed on KAIT 8 TV, alerting you that it is necessary to conserve energy by turning off none essential items, such as washers, dryers, TVs, etc. By reducing your consumption, will help lower the cooperative's power costs, in return reducing your cost for electricity.