Power Down for Energy Conservation
For decades we've been reducing, reusing, and recycling physical waste to limit the need for landfills. While we can't reuse or recycle electricity, we can reduce energy use during times of high demand for electricity to help avoid the need for new power plants and you can help!
What is Power Down
Power Down is a voluntary load reduction program that alerts participants when we are experiencing an energy peak, so they reduce their use of electricity. During a peak energy event, members are encouraged to avoid using appliances, adjust their thermostat, and turn off unnecessary items. By voluntarily reducing their demand on the system, members are helping reduce the Cooperative's overall demand charges from our power providers which helps everyone by keeping rates stable.
How does 'Power Down' Work
When you register to participate in Power Down, we will text or e-mail you a message within an hour before an anticipated energy peak occurs to remind you to reduce your energy use.
During the months of June, July, and August there will be a maximum of nine peak energy events, with no more than four in a given month, occurring from 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. During the months of December, January and February there will be a maximum of four events, occurring from approximately 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Please Note: You will not see a credit on your bill for conserving energy nor will you be charged more for power if you do not conserve. This is a voluntary program, which benefits all PEC members by reducing the overall demand charges the Cooperative pays our power providers.
How Can I Reduce Demand
The largest energy users that can affect demand are air conditioners and large appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves, and dishwashers. Hot tubs and pool heaters also place a large demand on the system. The following are a few examples of how a member's small actions can reduce demand charges for the Cooperative each time a peak demand event occurs.
If two-thirds of our members did everything listed below, together we could save about $220,000! The more members that take even the smallest steps to conserve, the greater the impact. Remember, many hands make light work!
Washing or Drying Clothes
dollars saved when one person delays drying their clothes.
dollars saved when one person delays washing their clothes.
Turn up the Thermostat
dollars saved when someone turns up the thermostat by four degrees.
dollars saved when you delay running your dishwasher.