“Wait until 8” and other tips to reduce peak power usage..
Peak power is from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. These are the times that there is the greatest demand for power, although the morning peak represents the largest spike in power use. In the morning we’re turning up the heat, showering, and using appliances. Then in the afternoon we arrive home, turn up the heat, prepare supper, run the dishwasher, may be throw in a wash and put a load of clothes in the dryer.
Easy Ways to Reduce Peak Power Usage:
Lower the thermostat:
- For every degree you lower the thermostat during heating season, you’ll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill. (Programmable thermostats make this easier).
- A sweater is worth about 2 degrees in added warmth and a heavy sweater about 4 degrees.
- To make the most of your heat check that beds, couches and other furniture aren’t blocking radiators.
Check your hot water heater to see that it’s set no hotter than 120 degrees.
Install low flow shower heads for a more efficient use of hot water.
Take shorter showers and consider showering in the evening instead of early morning.
Limit or avoid hot water clothes washing. Cold water washes use 90% less energy than hot water washes and today’s detergents are formulated to work well in cold water.
Check your appliances:
To reduce the amount of energy consumed by appliances, match your appliance size to your need.
Ensure that your refrigerator and freezer seals are snug and that the rear coils are clean.
Become less dependent on the clothes dryer and use a clothes line or drying racks instead, especially for large items that take longer to dry.
Wait until after 8:00 p.m. to run your dishwasher.