Load Management Program Keeps Power Costs Down
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The load management program enhances reliability for all members during extraordinary times. It also helps reduce costs for all co-op members with additional savings for participating members. Heartland Power and its partners in the Dairyland system of electric cooperatives are together achieving a total savings of over $4 million a year.
Did you know the load management program saves Dairyland from having to generate 60 MW in the summer and 152 MW in the winter? That’s the equivalent of a small power plant!
Because power suppliers need to own or purchase enough electric capacity to meet their needs during periods of peak energy use, load management decreases our costs by reducing the total capacity that our power supplier needs to have available. It also decreases the total amount of energy that we need to produce overall. Finally, load management frees up additional capacity, lowering the cost for all co-op members.
Energy Saving Tips
The hot summer weather can be challenging for all of us, but if you keep in mind a few tips, you can save your household valuable energy dollars:
- When using an air conditioner, set the thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.
- Shut lights and other appliances off when not in use.
- Draw shades or blinds to prevent the sun from adding more heat to the room.
- Postpone chores requiring electrical use until the temperature drops in the evening.
- Try using fans instead of air conditioners. Fans use as little as one-tenth the energy as air conditioners.
If you have any questions about participating in the load management program, feel free to call Ron Gasteiger, Member Services Representative at 641-713-4965 or 800-349-2832. Allowing your co-op to control your electric water heater or electric heat reduces usage peaks, saving you from paying premium prices.