Beat the Peak Program Helps Everyone

Posted on Oct 06 2023 in Harrison REMC

Beat the Peak is Harrison REMC’s voluntary program designed to encourage members to become more aware of the energy they use and to reduce their energy use during peak demand periods.

The program is simple! During times when the cost to purchase and produce power for members is high, we issue “Beat the Peak” alerts. During these alert periods, we ask members to conserve energy. We recommend you turn off unnecessary lights, delay the use of major appliances, such as dishwashers and dryers, and turn your thermostat up a few degrees in the summer and down a few degrees in the winter.

Currently, 72% of the REMC’s operating cost is for the wholesale power we purchase from Hoosier Energy.

Peak demand periods occur when the demand for electricity is the highest — weekdays in June through August from 3–8 p.m. and December through February from 7–10 a.m. and 6–9 p.m.

During these peak periods, the co-op is charged a higher cost from our power supplier, Hoosier Energy. If we can all work together to reduce the demand, we can reduce the REMC’s power costs and minimize increases you may receive on your bill.

When everyone cooperates, everyone benefits. That’s the power of co-op membership.

For more information or to sign up, go to

Tips to help Beat the Peak

  • Delay the use of your dishwasher, dryer and other electrical appliances until the peak period has passed.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and unplug unnecessary appliances.
  • Program your thermostat to an energy-efficient summer/winter setting.