Help “Beat the Peak” This Summer By Adjusting When Power Is Used
The summer months of June through September are considered “peak season” for our cooperative due to the high demand for electricity for cooling homes and businesses.
Hot, cloudless days have the most potential for power suppliers to reach their peak demand each month. When that happens, 4 Rivers Electric Cooperative saves money by peaking at a different time than our power supplier. Three of our co-op substations have generators used on "peak alert" days during the summer months to shave our demand peak during the hottest part of those days.
Our consumer-members can help "Beat the Peak" on hot summer days by adjusting unnecessary power usage outside of the 3pm-7pm window. Turn up the thermostat a degree or two in the afternoon and adjust the usage of appliances like electric ovens and dryers until after 7pm. Electric vehicles should be charged after peak time ends in the evening to avoid adding that high-demand for charging power during a time when power consumption is already high overall.
4 Rivers General Manager/CEO Dennis Svanes recently posted this message to members encouraging them to help the cooperative beat the peak.