Power of Community - Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Power Rush Hour

It’s not just how much energy we use, but when we use it.

Our Power Rush Hour program is all about lowering transmission costs by shifting energy use away from periods of high statewide energy use each day.

In our summer Power Rush Hour months (June through September), these peak times are 2–6 p.m., and shifting energy use away from these times can help PEC save on transmission costs for the next year — savings we pass through directly to our members.

Form a good habit with year-round shifting
In 2017, our Power Rush Hour efforts reduced our peak energy use by 2 percent, even in a year of near-record growth, and generated savings for the cooperative and our membership. But shifting energy use extends beyond the summer months — it's a year-long behavior and a lifelong state of mind. Get in the habit of shifting now, and make next summer's Power Rush Hour season a breeze.

In the winter, steer clear of using large appliances between the peak hours of 5–8 a.m. and 4–7 p.m. Learn more below.

Lower your thermostat setting a few degrees during peak hours Run your dishwasher outside of peak hours Run your washing machine and dryer mid-day or after 7 p.m. Install a timer that turns your water heater off during hours you are not likely to use hot water

HVAC

Lower your thermostat setting a few degrees during peak hours, and open the shades to take advantage of the sun’s warmth.

DISHWASHER

Run this appliance outside of peak hours. You can also save by turning off the heat dry feature.

WASHER & DRYER

Run your washing machine and dryer mid-day or after 7 p.m. Washing in cold water and air-drying laundry can help, too.

WATER HEATER

Install a timer that turns your water heater off during hours you’re not likely to use hot water.

What you can do

Find tips to help you stay toasty and keep your bill cool.

What PEC is doing

Learn how our initiatives and programs are helping lighten the load.

Transmission costs

Find out what it is, who determines it and where to find it on your bill.

Peak events

Learn more about what they are, and how to know they’re coming.

Resources


Learn more about transmission costs

Congratulations

Your 2017 Power Rush Hour efforts helped contribute to a 2 percent 4CP reduction this year. Learn how it will affect your transmission costs.