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CHELCO asks members to help beat the peak


Members' cooperation on the morning of Jan. 8 resulted in more than $75,000 in avoided  power costs, which are passed along to members.  

When there is extremely cold weather forecast, CHELCO encourages members through its Beat the Peak announcements to voluntarily conserve energy during early morning hours. Reducing peak demand during these hours helps control wholesale power costs now and also in the future. Our power supplier, PowerSouth, must have adequate resources to meet peak demand; therefore, controlling peak demand means postponing the need to build more generation. These savings are ultimately reflected in members’ electric bills.  Last year, Beat the Peak efforts saved members nearly $900,000 on their electric bills.


Some conservation tips include the following:


  • Take showers or baths the night before.
  • Lower the thermostat to 68 degrees or below.
  • Delay cooking, washing dishes and laundry.
  • Turn off the water heater breaker for a few hours.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Unplug unnecessary electronics and appliances.
  • Do not use ventilation fans because they draw cold air inside.