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Peak Energy Usage

Post Date:01/29/2019 11:37 AM

The Westerville Electric Division (WED) says a peak usage alert is in effect for Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 6-9 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 31 from 6:30-9 a.m. These warnings are issued by American Electric Power or American Municipal Power during periods of extreme cold or heat. The warnings indicate to the City that we are at risk for hitting the highest peak in a 12-month period for electric consumption. During warning periods, residents are asked to help conserve energy. 

WED wants customers to understand the impact these days of very high electric consumption can have on our present and future:

IMPACT TO MONTHLY UTILITY BILLS
Severe temperature shifts mean your heating and cooling systems are working overtime to keep our homes and thermostats happy. While your HVAC is putting in the extra work to keep you comfortable, it doesn’t always do the trick. This can lead some to employ the use of electric space heaters and the like. Space heaters burden your home’s energy output even more and can run up your monthly bill big time. While it may seem worth it in the moment, footing the extra money on your electric utility bill can be stressful. 

There’s no need to freeze this winter. Check out these smart, simple energy-saving tips for winter from the Westerville Electric Division.

IMPACT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Your checkbook isn’t the only thing that can take a hit when your electricity is working overtime- it could impact the environment as well.  One of the unintended consequences of home electricity use is the emission of pollutants into the environment. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), emissions from the most common sources of electricity generation include carbon dioxide (CO2), among others.

Want to reduce the impact the of your energy use on the environment? Start by calculating your household’s carbon footprint.

IMPACT TO THE LONG GAME
Westerville does not rely on chance to secure reasonable electric rates for customers. The Electric Division purchases power from the market, but the cost of transmission and other bill components are largely out Westerville’s control.  Those prices are based on, among other things, the highest peak consumption days in any given year. Therefore, the overall cost of power in the future will be partially based on the highest days of power consumption leading up to that year.

That is to say, a day of extraordinarily high power consumption citywide in 2019 could ultimately lead to more expensive electric payments in the future for all consumers. It is the Westerville way to look ahead and secure a safe, affordable future for residents. Together, we can make it happen.

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