Below is a press release from the Reading Municipal Light Department:
READING, MA — The peak for the month of July may occur this week. Please conserve electricity on Thursday, July 15th and Friday, July 16th, from 4pm to 8pm, to help reduce future power supply costs, keep electric rates affordable, and reduce regional carbon emissions.
Tips to Conserve
- Turn off unnecessary lights and electronics.
- Delay using appliances such as washers, dryers, dishwashers, and humidifiers/dehumidifiers until after the predicted peak window.
- Postpone charging electric vehicles until after the predicted peak window.
- Raise the temperature setting on your air conditioner (ENERGY STAR recommends a setting of 78 degrees or higher). If you have a heat pump, do not adjust the temperature. Heat pumps work most efficiently when maintaining a steady temperature setting, so adjusting the temperature for a few hours may actually increase the system’s overall energy use.
- Shut off pool pumps during the predicted peak window.
- Close curtains/blinds of south-facing windows to keep the heat from the sun out.
- Cook dinner on the grill.
Why Shred the Peak?
Peaks occur when the highest level of electricity is consumed in our region within a specific timeframe.
Peak electricity is expensive, affecting power supply costs and in turn, customer bills. The peaks that impact RMLD’s power supply costs occur once per month and once per year.
Peaks may also impact the environment because the more inefficient and environmentally impacting generators may be needed in order to meet the high demand for electricity.
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