It’s summer and the heat is on. It’s the time when we crank up our a/c to fend off the blistering heat just to get a little comfort on these dog days of August.
So what does this mean for energy consumption and energy costs? Simple… this is the time when we tend to push the limits of the energy grid, leaving systems to operate at the brink of failure. Utilities often charge higher rates during peak hours, so we get double-banged: we pay more and risk overloading the system.
What can we do about it? Fortunately, this is simple too. The highest energy demand is during the day, so try to keep that thermostat in check during the daytime hours. If you are out (say at work) during the day, shut off your a/c altogether, or leave it set high. Run your washers, dryers, and dishwashers during the evening or night hours. Not only will this lower the demand on the grid during peak hours (which is good if you want to avoid system failure), but it also lowers your cost of energy since rates are typically lower at night.
What else can you do? Take advantage of energy deregulation and switch your local supplier to a lower cost supplier. Click here to switch or find out more.