Helping the Co-op “Beat the Peak” Can Help Lower Energy Costs
Beat the Peak is a voluntary program that encourages A&N Electric Cooperative members to conserve or limit energy usage during peak times. Your cooperative pays a monthly demand charge based on the peak hourly usage during the month. This accounts for a large percentage of the cost of electricity for our members.
By lowering the amount of power being consumed across the system when energy prices are high, you are helping to lower the Co-op's cost for power. Because A&N Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit utility, those savings are passed on to you in the form of affordable rates. Please note: You will not see a credit on your bill for conserving energy nor will you be charged more for power if you do not conserve. This is a voluntary program, which benefits all Co-op members.
Peak periods occur when the demand for electricity is the highest. Usually, these are periods when it is very cold or hot outside. During this time, members are asked to use energy wisely and follow these guidelines:
- In winter, lower the thermostat by 3-4 degrees.
- Postpone the use of major appliances, such as clothes washers, dryers and dishwashers.
- Delay using hot water during peak periods.
- Turn off all unnecessary lights.
We can alert co-op members directly of the “Beat the Peak” period by email and/or text message. Included in the message will be the anticipated day and time of the peak period. It is important that you reduce energy consumption during this critical period. Notices will also be posted to the A&N Electric Cooperative website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The alerts will also be announced on local radio stations WESR 103.3, CTG 96.5 and HOT COUNTRY 99.3.
Join A&N’s “Beat the Peak” program today and help control your Cooperative’s cost of wholesale power and help save energy resources. When you sign up, you will receive an email and/or text message notifying you of an approaching “Peak Period” or time when we are purchasing wholesale power at the highest prices. Your help in conserving energy during these “peak” periods reduce our energy costs and ultimately your energy costs. Want to start receiving “Beat the Peak.”