It’s the holly jolly season of energy savings!
Well, technically we should be thinking about reducing our energy consumption in every season, but the peak demand of holiday shopping — Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Green Monday, when does it end?! — got us thinking:
As smart consumers, we should be saving all kinds of consumption — including the energy we use — for “off-peak” times — just like buying yourself a nice honking turkey the day after Thanksgiving.
We put together this fun video to illustrate why it’s a good idea for your wallet, and the planet, to cut down on how much energy you use when demand on our energy grid is high. Here’s the down-low from our friends at the Citizen’s Utility Board on how peak time savings programs work:
What are peak-time programs?
These are voluntary, no-cost programs offered to all customers with the advanced digital electric meters ComEd and Ameren are installing across their territories. The programs provide participants with a bill credit if they reduce energy usage at designated hours—also known as a peak-time “event”—on a day when electricity demand is high. The program encourages participants to take simple, effective actions around the house, such as bumping up the thermostat a few degrees or delaying household activities like laundry or running the dishwasher until after the peak-time hours.
Why are programs like this important?
They help reduce electricity demand at “peak times.” Reducing peak demand eases stress on the grid, preventing costly power outages. Cutting demand also reduces our dependence on costly power plants, and it reduces electricity prices for everyone. Finally, reducing our reliance on power plants also has environmental benefits.
How much have consumers saved on the programs?
In the summer of 2016, when the program was launched, Ameren Illinois customers saved a total of $71,861 over two events, for an average of $9.15 per event. Participants in ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program have saved a total of $1.2 million since the program debuted in 2015.
So turn down the lights and unplug those space heaters, people! Your bank account and Mother Earth will thank you.