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High temps ahead: Try to reduce AC usage

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 9:05 am

Forecasts indicate that Thursday’s and Friday’s temperatures will be two of the hottest afternoons of the month so far. Projected afternoon temperatures in the low 90s will create a high electricity demand due to home cooling. DREMC predicts that one of these two days will be the highest daily purchase of energy from TVA so far this month. Because of that, we need your help to limit that purchase.
“Our daily max purchase from TVA sets the demand portion of our monthly wholesale power bill, and that equals 40% of our monthly bill,” explains, DREMC Member Services Manager Carol Garrette. “Our Beat the Peak program is all about lowering the peak energy usage on those predicted days for just a few hours. Every month we try to predict the handful of potential peak days and conserve energy on those days. If we get it right, the money saved eventually impacts retail rates.”
The Beat the Peak alert window on Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, 2019, is from 4-6 p.m.
DREMC asks that members turn up their air conditioner thermostats by three degrees during the peak period. If the setting is normally 75 degrees, adjusting the thermostat to 78 will help lessen our energy demand.
In addition, members should:
✓ Defer use of hot water. Give the electric water heater a break by not showering, running the dishwasher or using the washing machine.
✓ Delay running the clothes dryer.
✓ Close shades and curtains to block sunlight. If you have a swimming pool, turn off the water circulation pump.
✓ Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
✓ Keep the oven turned off.
When the peak period has passed, normal electricity use can resume.