Burlington Electric and Vermont Electric Co-op issue peak alert


The Burlington Electric Department and the Vermont Electric Co-op issued a peak alert today asking Vermonters to reduce their energy usage from 3:00-7:00pm.

The Defeat the Peak program started two summers ago and asks the Burlington community to use less energy and save electricity.

These events help lower costs and they help the environment.

“Whatever amount of energy that we are using during that one hour period that’s the highest of the year,” said Darren Springer. Burlington Electric Department General Manager. “Up to 15% of our costs get determined from the ISO New England based on hour.”

Peak hours are based on the energy used on the hottest days of the year.

“On warm days people are running around and usually blasting their air conditioning and we do it between 3:00-7:00 because that’s usually when people are getting home from work and they’re turning on the AC and turning on the lights,” said Springer.

Some ways to reduce energy on these days by taking some of the following steps:

  • Hold off on doing the dishes or laundry unril after 7:00 pm;
  • Raise your thermostat or turn off air conditioner until 7:00 pm;
  • Turn off lights and unplug things you aren’t using.

By participating in defeat the peak you are also giving back to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

“For every event when we hit our goal, we give $1,000 to a different non-profit or charity partner,” said Springer.

In addition to helping out a non-profit, Defeat the Peak also lowers costs for customers.

Springer said, “Every kilowatt that we save during these peaks can result in significant savings for utility.”


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