As a member of Hendricks Power, we've encouraged you to use energy wisely and make smart energy choices to save money. But did you know that when you use electricity can be just as important as how much you use?
Throughout the day, energy use fluctuates based on member demand. Typically, most households use larger amounts of electricity in the morning while getting ready for their day, and in the evenings, upon return from work while cooking dinner, doing laundry, and watching television.
During these times of higher energy use, called "peak" hours, the cost of purchased power also increases because of the demand for electricity. Monitoring your peak hour consumption will help you take steps to better manage your load and flatten out your usage.
By shifting some of your energy use to hours when demand is lower, also known as off-peak hours, you can save money on your energy bills and help keep rates lower for our community.
Here are a few easy ways you can shift energy use to off-peak hours:
• Adjust your thermostat. During summer months, raise the thermostat a few degrees during peak hours.
• Wash full loads of clothes in cold water during off-peak hours.
• Run the dishwasher before you go to bed, or air-dry dishes by
opening the dishwasher instead of using the heated dry cycle.
• Turn off lights and electronics when not in use. (Try to make this a daily habit, whether during peak or off-peak hours.)
There are many ways to save energy and money by making a few minor adjustments to your daily routine. We’re here to help and encourage you to monitor your on and off-peak usage. Stay tuned for different usage and energy-savings strategies in the months to come! Call us at (317) 745-5473 if you have questions about your energy bill. For additional energy-saving tips, visit hendrickspower.com.
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