Why Energy Demand Matters to You

Help Wiregrass Electric Cooperative (WEC) control costs by limiting your usage during peak times

What is Energy Demand?

Energy demand is the amount of power used by every address in the WEC grid during a set period of time. WEC’s goal is to have enough energy to serve our members 24/7.

What Happens During Peak Demand Times?

Because of extremely warm or cold weather, WEC secures enough energy to keep up with peak usage times. In summer, peak times are between 3 and 6 pm, and in winter, demand for power is highest between 6 and 9 am. This affects the rates we pay for power, plus how much infrastructure we need to reliably deliver service at all times.

What Can We Do to Help Lower Demand & Save Money?

There are a few simple, yet effective, steps you can include in your routine that will help reduce your energy consumption and contribute to lower costs and lower demand. Here are a few ideas you can implement right away:

  • During peak hours in summer — from 3 to 6 pm — avoid using appliances that raise the temperature in your home, such as an electric oven or dryer. When the temperature inside the house goes up, your air conditioner has to work harder, using more energy.
  • Water heaters are the second-biggest energy consumers in most households. Try limiting your usage of hot water during peak times. Tasks such as running your dishwasher, doing laundry, or taking showers can be done before or after peak hours.
  • Encourage your family to be energy-savvy by turning off lights as they exit a room and using ceiling fans first before switching on the AC.
  • Make sure your home is set up to be energy efficient. Items like LED lights and smart thermostats can help lower your consumption and reduce costs.

Help WEC keep your energy costs low by reducing your demand during peak hours using these simple steps, and follow us on social media for more energy-saving tips.