Decatur County REMC is offering a Peak
Reduction Program to promote energy efficiency and reduce peak demand during
the peak usage months of June – August and December – February.
Peak demand refers to periods of exceptionally high demand, during the
winter when people use more electricity, largely due to heating and cooling.
Using energy wisely during periods of peak demand, reduces stress on the
electric grid and makes the electric delivery system more reliable.
By participating in this important
program, you are helping to reduce stress on the electric grid when demand
is at its highest. In exchange for your participation, you will receive a
bill credit during peak months of the year. The program provides you and
your family the unique opportunity to save money and promote energy
efficiency and reliability for all Decatur County REMC members.
Decatur County REMC’s Peak
Reduction Program rewards members for reducing energy use during critical
hours on peak alert days during the summer and winter. Members who
effectively reduce power use during peak hours are paid for their efforts.
During the peak months (June-August and December-February) DCREMC will
declare peak alerts when electricity use is expected to reach critical
levels. These alerts will be sent out by text and email asking you to reduce
the amount of electricity you use during a specific two to three hour period
that day or the following day. Peak alerts will not be issued for Saturdays,
Sundays, or on holidays. For every kilowatt (kW) reduced during the actual,
one peak hour for the month, we will credit your bill $10.
The best way to lower your
peak is to adjust your home’s thermostat up three degrees or
more, and delay running large electric appliances like clothes
dryers, dishwashers and ovens. Changing how you prepare meals
can have a big impact.
exactly how changes in your lifestyle affect your electric
usage, sign up for
Our online account portal shows monthly,
daily and even hourly use. That way you can see for yourself the effect of
turning off appliances! DCREMC’s SmartHub data is updated once every 24
Earn bill credits for reducing the
amount of electricity used during peak alerts
Reduce monthly electric bill
by adjusting time of use and conserving energy
Lower the cooperative’s peak which
may reduce the need for additional power generation plants and electric
delivery infrastructure such as electric transmission and distribution
lines, helping to keep electric rates low in the future