When you’re trying to save on monthly expenses, you may look at your energy bill as a place to lower spending. The benefits of saving electricity on the consumer level are straightforward: Use less electricity and save on your bill.
However, you may wonder why your electric cooperative encourages you to save energy. Aren’t co-ops in the business of selling electricity? Why would they want members like me to use less?
Saving energy can benefit your cooperative, other members of your cooperative and your community as a whole.
During hot summer days, the demand for electricity reaches its peak between 4 and 8 p.m. And during cold winter days, this demand is between 7 and 9 a.m. This demand is a major component of your electric cooperative’s wholesale power bill.
By reducing the demand for power during these peak hours, you can help avoid higher rates in the future. Remember, when the temperature climbs in the summer or dips in the winter, limit the use of major appliances, turn off any lights or TVs not in use, and “Beat the Peak!”
While electric cooperatives work to keep producing power at an affordable cost as efficiently as possible, there are a few ways that you can save electricity and money every day.
Check out our other great content on ways you can save.