CHELCO: Conserve energy to keep power costs low

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 06:22 PM.

CHELCO members can help keep future power costs low by conserving electricity during the extreme cold forecasted for Thursday morning. Conserving energy between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. will reduce the peak demand for power.

Here are some tips:  

  • Limit the use of hot water by postponing showers, baths, dishes and laundry.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances.
  • Lower the thermostat to 68 degrees.

CHELCO sincerely appreciates members’ efforts to conserve electricity and reduce demand during peak hours. “Controlling peak demand can help reduce power costs,” said Steve Wolfrom, CHELCO’svice president of member services.  The severe cold has the potential of greatly increasing the cost of wholesale power.

“The good news is that members can help limit peak demand for power,  which in turn limits the increase in costs,” Wolfrom said. “Controlling demand also helps long-term. Our power supplier must have adequate generating resources in place to meet our greatest demand for electricity. Reducing peak demand is a way of controlling the need to build more generating capacity.”

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