To sign up to be a Peak Shaver, click here.
Not since the energy crisis of the 1970s-early 1980s have efficiency and conservation received so much attention. In today’s technology-driven world, everything relies on electricity—computers, plasma televisions, DVD systems, cell phone chargers, laptops, video games. Consumers’ demand for electricity continues to increase while the supply of electricity is becoming more and more scarce. Energy efficiency can help head off the need for new generation and curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The Peak Shaver program is an effort to help members become energy aware and lower their power bills by using energy more efficiently and by reducing the energy consumed during peak periods when prices are higher. The demand for electricity is greater in the hot summer months from June 20th to September 20th between the peak period hours of 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
To meet the demand for power needed at peak times, electric suppliers must produce the power themselves or purchase it on the market. Consequently, the costs are greater during peak time when demand is high. These higher costs are reflected in the power cost adjustment applied to the monthly electric bill for NWEC and its members.
Here’s how the program works:
When NWEC determines a peak situation exists, participating members will be notified by phone message, e-mail or text message. Members will be asked to help conserve energy by turning off lights or appliances that are not needed. Participating members will also be asked to adjust their thermostats a few degrees, delay the use of major appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and postpone hot water usage during the peak hours of 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.