Beat the Peak
The Leesburg Electric Department soon will provide all customers with new meters that report more information about daily electric usage. The information is important to know how much electricity is reduced during peak times. The more you conserve, the more you save.
Leesburg also will introduce different incentive plans soon to reward residential and business customers who reduce their electric usage during peak-demand periods. The plans will incorporate higher electric rates for shorter peak times and cheaper rates for much longer off-peak times.
The plans are optional, but those who participate may find it pretty easy to curb their peak-time electric habits. Cutting usage will reduce your monthly power bill and help to minimize the impact that big power plants have on our environment.
So when can you expect peak periods? Leesburg’s peak power demands typically occur between 3 and 5 p.m. on the hottest days and between 8 and 9 a.m. on the coldest mornings.
OK, then. How can you help?
Check out the Saving Made Simple section of this website for easy ways to conserve peak-time energy use.
Start with non-essential activities. Lots of people get home from work each weekday, turn down the air conditioner to a cooler setting, flip on the house lights, plug in their cell phones and throw in some laundry while making dinner.
Some of these electric uses can wait. Try not to use as many lights, and use a programmable thermostat to reduce how much your air conditioner works during peak hours. It doesn’t take much to beat the peak and lower your power bills.