*Currently for members in select utilities*
Demand response is a voluntary and effective way of saving money, energy, and the environment by reducing your usage when energy demand is high from June through September.
During these peak hours, energy is at its most expensive and by reducing your usage you will avoid peak pricing generating savings on your utility statement. If enough people make small changes, like adjusting their thermostat, it can cause large impacts and even mean utilities won't have to bring power plants online to cover the increase in usage demand.
Here are some of the most effective steps you can take to lower your energy usage:
Raise your thermostat a few degrees
You don't need to completely turn off your air conditioning to make a difference. Even if it's just raising your thermostat by a few degrees, cutting down on air conditioning during peak hours is one of the easiest and most important ways you can lower your energy demand. With the help of ceiling fans and closing your blinds, you'll still be able to maintain a comfortable temperature.
Delay using large appliances
Appliances make up a significant percentage of your monthly energy usage and produce heat when they run. Waiting until nighttime to use your dishwasher and do laundry are effective ways to minimize your energy demand during peak hours.
Small actions are better than no actions
Even though it may seem insignificant, taking time to ensure that small energy offenders like lights and electronics are turned off can help you and your local community save.
Peak events usually happen 1-2x per month from June-September and are determined by your utility. We will alert you via text or email a day in advance and then right before an event starts. We will also track your savings based on these events which may result in a credit to your Arcadia account.
For more energy saving tips visit the Home Efficiency tab of your Arcadia Dashboard.