The forecast for this week is showing high temperatures daily, reaching to 90 degrees or above. We can all work together to beat this heat and help lower costs for everyone!
The more electricity that is consumed during the peak times (usually between 1 pm and 8 pm) the higher the cost, so follow these simple tips to reduce energy use and save money:
If you need to do laundry, consider doing it early in the morning or later at night after the peak period is over.
Plan meals that can be prepared in a crock pot, microwave or outside on the grill. If you have to bake something in the oven, do it early in the morning to avoid adding extra heat inside your home during the hottest part of the day.
Wait to run your dishwasher until later at night when the temperatures drop.
Keep your curtains and blinds closed to keep out the hot rays of the sun.
Set the temperature up on your air conditioner so that it does not cycle as often. If it is 90+ degrees outside (with high humidity) and your thermostat is set to 68 that is over a 20 degree difference that your cooling system must work hard to accomplish!
Turn off lights and small appliances that are not needed.
Avoid doing any tasks that would require hot water, like showering or hand-washing dishes. Plan to do these things before or after the hottest part of the day.
If you can follow these tips any day that you see the thermometer rising, you are not only saving energy, you will be saving money for yourself and the whole co-op community!
Note: Since it is a certainty (based on current weather forecasts) that it will be hot all week long, we won't be posting peak alerts on each individual day. We are asking everyone to conserve all week long.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Do the lights on the radio control switch by your water heater look different than normal? It could mean that the radio control switch has been activated as part of our load management program. Learn more about the ways this saves everyone money: