CEC launched the “Beat the Peak” Program as a way to help lower power-supply costs. This program encourages members to limit energy usage during “peak” periods. During summer months peak periods occur between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. By limiting the amount of power purchased during these peak, high-priced energy periods, the Cooperative can reduce its total power-supply costs and minimize the power cost borne by you, the member. Because most peaks are weather related, we do not know on which day the peak will occur.
When the Cooperative determines that a peak situation exists, members will be notified by e-mail. Members will be asked to help conserve energy during the forecasted peak by adjusting their thermostats a few degrees, delaying the use of major appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and postponing hot water usage.
The more participating members we have, the better for the Cooperative in general. Energy prices are very high during peak periods and that impacts the power-supply cost to every member. If we all become more energy aware and make a few modifications in the way and when we use energy, we can make a difference. Join the team and "Beat the Peak."
Delay or avoid the use of electric energy during peak periods
Summer months (May thru September) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Winter months (October thru April) from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Ways you can help:
Delay running the dishwasher, washing machine or clothes dryer
Delay taking showers or using hot water
Turn off unnecessary lights or appliances
Turn your thermostat up in the summer (or down in the winter) by 3 degrees during peak periods