Avoiding the energy rush

Your time of use matters

Posted on Nov 28 2016 in Marshall County REMC

Did you know that when you use electricity often matters as much as how much electricity you consume?

It’s no surprise that electricity use fluctuates throughout the day based on consumer demand. Electric co-ops must be able to provide enough electricity to meet the energy demands of their members during times of highest energy use, also known as “on-peak hours.” Early-morning hours, when people often start their day, and evening hours, when people return to their homes after work, are common times for on-peak hours. To reduce peak energy demand and save money, many electric co-ops, including Marshall County REMC, have created programs to encourage electricity use during off-peak hours — when energy is less expensive to provide. Similar to saving money by attending a matinee, you can keep more money in your wallet simply by using electricity during an off-peak time period.

Using less on-peak power means lower costs for the Marshall County REMC — and ultimately, lower rates for members.

By performing some of your daily chores, like running the dishwasher or doing laundry during off-peak hours, you can save on your utility bill. In a similar vein, plug electronic equipment, such as computers, printers, TVs and power tools into a power strip, then turn it off during peak hours.

You can also put technology to work for you. If you have a programmable thermostat, adjust the settings so your heating/cooling system syncs up with the off-peak rate periods. Use automatic timers to run hot tubs, pool pumps, water heaters and other appliances in the same way.

Saving energy can be simple. Remember: By shifting your energy use to off-peak times, you have the power to save on your monthly energy bill. To learn more about why time of use matters, watch a short video by visiting the following link: tinyurl.com/TOUmatters.