Did you know that Western Iowa Power Cooperative pays our power supplier for the amount of energy used as well as a demand rate for how much energy is being used at a given time? Since electricity can’t be stored, our power supplier must simultaneously ramp up power generation as it is needed, which can be very expensive when we all want to kick on our air conditioners in the late afternoon on hot summer days. Unfortunately, those high fees the co-op pays to the power supplier for high demand must be passed along to you, the cooperative member-owners. But there is good news: paying high demand fees can be avoided if our member-owners simply levelize electric use. Here’s how you can help the co-op avoid peak demand charges during the hours of 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM on summer weekdays:
- Shift household chores and activities away from peak periods. For example: Wait to run your dishwasher until you go to bed.
- If you have air conditioning, turn the thermostat up when you are gone and overnight. Cool only the rooms that you are using and use ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise motion to create a wind chill effect when you are in the room.
- Use the most energy-efficient appliances you can find. For example: Your microwave oven uses considerably less energy than your stove or cooktop.
- If you’re buying a new appliance or electronic device, consider energy efficiency. Look for the blue Energy Star label when you’re evaluating different models. For more information on rebates available for energy efficient products, visit our website at www.wipco.com/rebates-and-efficiency/rebates or call our office at (800) 253-5189.
- Replace incandescent bulbs in your most-used light fixtures with CFL or LED bulbs, which use less electricity and don’t produce as much heat.
- Be aware of your daily energy use and avoid using several high-consumption appliances at the same time; staggering your electric use saves the cooperative money and we can pass those savings on to our member-owners.
Use the energy you need, but use it wisely! With your help, your co-op can minimize peak demand which will help keep your electric rates as low as possible.