During hot Texas summers, people are collectively using a high volume of energy from 3-7 p.m. This creates congestion on the state’s power grid – and we call it Power Rush Hour.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) sets transmission rates by looking at our energy use during the state’s highest demand times during the four summer months — June, July, August, and September. The amount of energy we use during these times determines our transmission rates for next year that our members pay. When we all use energy at once, it increases our cooperative’s chances for higher transmission costs the following year. But we can all help keep the cooperative’s rates low by shifting the times we use energy.
This summer, don’t let major appliances drive up costs and think before powering up from 3-7 p.m. Together, if we shift energy today, we’ll increase our chances to save tomorrow.
Help us keep transmission rates low for next year by using these tips today!
Raise your thermostat a few degrees when you leave your home. Maintain this temperature through peak times from 3-7 p.m.
Run your dishwasher only before or after peak times. Set your water heater to turn off automatically during Power Rush Hour.
Washer & dryer
Avoid doing laundry during peak times and select a cold water cycle. Try line drying on sunny days for added savings.
Oven & stove
No-cook meals, like sandwiches and salads, are a great choice for hot summer days. If you prefer to eat something warm, use an outdoor charcoal or gas grill.