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What is Load Management?

Load management is our silent partner in holding down the cost of electricity. You can $witch and $ave with residential load management. Load management is one way to control the amount of electricity being used in your home during peak periods. When periods of peak demand occur, your Cooperative automatically signals your central air conditioning/heat pump cooling unit to reduce consumption. Load management participants are seldom inconvenienced by the switch.

We Need Your Participation

Q: How do I qualify?

A:  We can install a load management switch on your central air conditioning/heat pump cooling unit.

Q: How does the load management switch work?

A: When activated by DEC, the switch cycles off the power to the central air conditioner/heat pump cooling unit by a signal which is transmitted through the electric lines.

Q: When do peak loads occur?

A: A peak load occurs when our members use many electrical appliances at the same time. Typically, peak times occur on hot summer afternoons.

Q: How often and for how long will I be under load management?

A: We operate load management 4 to 6 times a month for 2 hour periods. Central air conditioner/heat pump cooling units may be cycled off 15 minutes each half-hour during the control period.

Q: Will the installation of a load management switch save me money?

A: Yes!  You will receive a $2 monthly billing credit for each month your central air conditioner/heat pump cooling unit is controlled.

Q: When did the DEC load management program begin?

A: Our program began in 1988 and we presently have more than 20,000 switches controlling 28,000 units.

Q: What does it cost me to have a switch installed?

A: There is NO CHARGE.

Q: How can I participate in the $witch and $ave program?

A: There are 2 ways:

  • Sign up Below
  • Contact us at 855-DEC-9090
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