This summer, consider a new habit – one for all ages that can help your local electric cooperative keep your electricity rates stable and affordable. It’s called the Summer Shift.
It means shifting flexible electricity use to the hours before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m., during the months of June, July and August. This helps keep rates affordable by purchasing less power when electricity is in high demand and most expensive, thus “shifting” the demand for electricity to times of the day when electricity costs less to purchase. One of the best parts of the Summer Shift is that everyone can participate.
- Set the thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer and raise it a few degrees when no one is home. Utilizing a programmable thermostat means one less thing to remember!
- By starting a load of laundry after 7 p.m. (use cold water, if possible), a member could get a load (or two) of clothes washed and hung up to dry overnight before going to bed. Or, wash clothes first thing in the morning and use solar energy to dry your clothes outside on a clothes line during the day.
- Start the dishwasher after 7 p.m., then open the door when the “dry” cycle begins to let dishes air dry overnight.
- Shut off lights. Longer days have arrived, so utilize the extra daylight to delay turning on lights around the house.
- Balance closing curtains to keep the home cool with using LED lights in lamps. Be sure to turn off lights when exiting a room.
- Enjoy a picnic lunch and/or dinner at least once a week with sandwiches and other foods that do not require a microwave or stove to prepare.
- Get out of the house! Check local community schedules to see if there are softball/baseball games, or concerts in the park. Is there a local library that offers fun summer activities during the week? Most of these events will be free and are great ways to connect with local community members.