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Beat the Peak

How Does Beat the Peak Work?

The program is simple! During times when the cost to purchase and produce power for members is high, we issue Beat the Peak alerts. During these alert periods, we ask members to conserve energy. We recommend you turn off unnecessary lights, delay the use of major appliances like dishwashers and dryers and turn your thermostat up a few degrees in the summer and down a few degrees in the winter. Over the years, the program has saved members more than $40 million. Because DEC is a not-for-profit utility, those savings are passed on to you in the form of affordable rates. This program is becoming even more important as energy costs rise. After Oct. 1, 2023, if you have one of the Co-op's plug-in peak indicators, please throw it away or recycle it at a DSWA electronic recycling center. The technology used to send signals to the indicators is antiquated and costly to maintain. 

Four Ways to Beat the Peak

How to Conserve

In Summer, raise your thermostat a few degrees

Turn off any unnecessary lights

In winter, lower your thermostat a few degrees

Grill outside instead of using your stovetop

Delay the use of big appliances until the alert passed

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