Through Beat the Peak, co-op members receive alerts asking them to reduce their energy use during critical periods when wholesale electricity prices spike, known in the utility industry as “peak demand.” On cold winter mornings and hot summer afternoons, we can Beat the Peak demand for electricity—together.
On the website EnergySmartSC.org, members can sign up to receive Beat the Peak alerts by text message, email or phone call.
During a Beat the Peak period, which typically lasts a few hours, participating members will be encouraged to reduce use of power-intensive activities. These are a few of the actions members can take during cooling season:
- Adjust thermostats higher by 3 degrees during summer afternoons and evenings.
- Delay activities that require hot water, such as washing clothes, taking showers, or washing dishes.
- Postpone using heavy appliances, like clothes dryers and ovens.