Energy Savings

PEC’s Power Rush Hour encourages summer conservation

Shift your energy usage now and save on your bill later

As the hottest months of the year begin, we are reminding you about the importance of conservation and how it may help you to save on your bill now and later.


Power Rush Hour


While it might be tempting to set that thermostat to a lower temperature, it’s important to keep in mind that electric usage and bills typically increase in the summertime.

In addition, during June, July, August, and September, the cooperative’s transmission costs for next year are determined. Also known as 4CP, it’s the measure of PEC’s total energy demand when our statewide transmission system experiences the most overall demand — the four peaks — each summer. Peaks often occur on the hottest days of the month, usually between 2 and 7 p.m.

A few ways to save during summer include:

  • Raise your thermostat setting a few degrees and close the shades to block the heat of the sun.
  • Run your dishwasher outside of peak hours and turn down the heat dry feature.
  • Install a timer that turns your water heater off during hours you’re not likely to use hot water.
  • Run your washing machine and dryer in the morning or after 7 p.m. Wash with cold water, and air-dry your laundry if possible.
  • If you have an electric vehicle, map out your car charging times. Avoid charging your car between the hours of 2 and 7 p.m.

Learn more about peak events, ways to save, and what PEC is doing during summer months at