Burlington Electric challenges community to reduce electric use

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Burlington Electric Department Issues "Defeat the Peak" Challenge

Burlington Electric Department Issues “Defeat the Peak” Challenge

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The Burlington Electric Department is issuing a challenge to the Queen City to use as little power as possible from 4 – 7 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s part of Burlington Electric’s “Defeat the Peak” program that was launched two summers ago. The challenge is to reduce electricity use on peak days this summer, when the cost of power will be highest.

Darren Springer, Burlington Electric’s general manager, said Defeat the Peak is part of the effort to make Burlington a “net zero nnergy city.”

“When our community comes together to reduce electric use on peak days, we can save money, help protect the environment, and provide immediate support to nonprofits that are making a difference in Burlington,” he said.

To contribute to reducing electric use, Burlington Electric suggests:

  • Raising thermostat temperatures or turning off air conditioners after returning home from work, and waiting until after 7 p.m. to turn them back on.
  • Waiting until after 7 p.m. or later to use washers and dryers, dishwashers, and other appliances.
  • Turning off lights until after 7 p.m.

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