“We’re asking all Big Sandy RECC members to voluntarily conserve or limit energy usage Wednesday between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00p.m. when our membership will be using the greatest amount of electricity. It is during these times that our cooperative often must purchase power from the market at extremely high prices,” said David Estepp, CEO.
During “normal” load periods, Big Sandy RECC pays only pennies per kilowatt-hour for power. However, during times of “peak” demand, Big Sandy RECC can pay up to one dollar per kilowatt-hour.
“If we have to buy expensive power during a peak, as a not-for-profit cooperative we must pass these higher costs to our members. That causes power bills to increase,” said David Estepp. “We’re asking members to be our partners in holding down costs by turning off all unnecessary lights or appliances during the peak period, and by delaying their use of dishwashers, washing machines, clothes dryers and any use of hot water.”
Other important steps to take include closing window shades and setting thermostats higher during this “peak” time of Wednesday June 18th between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00p.m.each day.
“Working together with our members, we can “Beat the Peak” by using our electricity resources wisely,” said David Estepp. “By working together, we can hold down rising energy costs.”
Big Sandy RECC is a member-owned electric utility serving more than 13,000 in an 8 county service territory. For more information visit us on the Web at www.bigsandyrecc.com.