If you look around your home, you likely have more devices and equipment that require electricity than ever before. Our connected lives are increasingly dependent on electricity to function. As demand for electricity rises, Palmetto Electric is expected to deliver an uninterrupted 24/7 power supply––regardless of market conditions or other circumstances.
Electricity use fluctuates throughout the day based on consumer demand and we must be able to meet the energy needs of all our members during times of highest energy. These “peak hours” are typically in the morning as people start their day and in the evening as people return to their homes.
What you may not know is that electric utilities, including Palmetto Electric, typically pay more for electricity during those morning and evening “energy rush hours.” Energy is subject to the basic economic laws of supply and demand. When a lot of people want the same thing, it’s more expensive. When they don’t, it’s cheaper––like an “early bird” special at a restaurant.
That’s why we encourage you to divert your energy use to non-peak, less costly periods through our Beat the Peak programs. Through peak alerts, you’ll be notified via phone, text and/or email when peak demand is about to occur so you can pause the dryer or change the thermostat. Just by signing up at beatthepeak.com, you’ll also be eligible for bi-annual gift card drawings. [
Since your heating and air unit is often your home’s largest power user, installing one of our smart thermostats makes controlling those units easy and cost effective. Participating in H2O Select, our water heater rebate program, reduces the amount of energy used for hot water during peak times.
When we all work together to reduce energy use during periods of high electricity demand, we can relieve pressure on the grid and save a little money along the way. Collectively, everyone conserving energy and making small changes can truly make a difference.
Visit palmetto.coop to learn more about Beat the Peak and other energy savings programs.