SUMMER’S HERE and the time is right to Beat the Peak.  Members of Palmetto Electric Cooperative can help.  Beat the Peak is a free and voluntary effort to help control energy costs for all cooperative members. And now is the time for all members to get involved.

“We’re approaching peak cooling season, so together, our participating Beat the Peak members can make a real difference,” says co-op VP, Marketing & Public Relations, Tray Hunter.

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.” Peaks occur during times when many people need electricity at once. In the summertime, when air-conditioning use rises, that’s in the afternoon.  While the rates members pay for co-op power are fixed, their co-op may face higher costs for electricity purchased during peak-use times—costs ultimately shared by all members. Beat the Peak can lower peak power costs.

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, dishwashers and ovens.

“We are not asking our members to totally stop using certain appliances,” Hunter notes. “We want to get them to shift their use to different hours of the day to help hold down everyone’s costs.”

In addition to Beat the Peak, Palmetto Electric Cooperative offers the H2O Select water heater program, with incentives to help save electricity by operating only during off-peak hours. Visit Palmetto.coop to learn more.  Look under Residential programs, then Energy Efficiency.

For program details, visit EnergySmartSC.org.

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