Peak Demand and Summer Load Control

Summertime brings fun activities such as swimming and camping but also brings summer heat. Usually, summer is a time of high energy use across the entire grid. Many households across the nation are running their AC units as well as a variety of other appliances and devices.

This can lead to what is called "peak demand" which means demand for power spikes higher than our typical highest use of the season. Peak demand does not mean that there is a shortage in electricity, just that more than usual is being used during a given time. This can drive up energy costs for all members. So, what is Hancock-Wood Electric doing to avoid reaching peak demand?

Firstly, we ask that all members year-round try to be as energy efficient as possible. Practicing energy efficiency will help you save on your electric bill and help us keep costs down for members, it's a win-win! 

During times of high energy usage, you may see us put out alerts for load control. Load control is when Hancock-Wood Electric activates radio-controlled switches on the appliances of participating members, turning the device/appliance off for a short amount of time. Heating and cooling equipment switches are activated in 8-10 minute intervals, no longer than 24 minutes each hour, so comfort in the home is maintained. Water heater switches disable the unit’s heating elements for the entire length of the load control session. Watch this video to learn more about why we use load control management. 

Members who participate in our load control program are paid to do so, regardless if we enact load control or not. More information on how the program works, how it could benefit you, and how to sign up can be found HERE.

Want to sign up for alerts? Click HERE. Our Facebook page is also a great place to check for load control alerts and general HWE updates. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us at 800-445-4840 or Stay cool out there and help us beat the peak!