Beat the Peak is a free, voluntary program encouraging members to shift electric use away from the peak-use hours between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. every day from June through September. The price PEC pays for electricity rises sharply during those times, so Beat the Peak allows members to help PEC reduce costs associated with power.
In 2013, the cost of power accounted for 67.5 percent of PEC's total operating expenses. By working together, PEC and its members can Beat the Peak by reducing the power consumed during those peak-demand hours. All it takes is making some simple changes at home, including:
- Raising the thermostat in your home by 3 degrees during peak hours.
- Shifting your use of hot water away from the peak-demand hours.
- Avoiding the use of major appliances between the peak hours of 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Together, small changes in how we use electricity can have a big impact on PEC’s power costs.