When demand and price of electricity are high, you can help Beat the Peak
We all want low electricity rates. As a not-for-profit co-op, we charge what it costs to build and maintain a reliable distribution system and purchase power on your behalf. Beat the Peak is just one way we're working to keep costs down for the co-op and all of our 20,000+ member-owners. We invite you to participate.
- Enroll in Beat the Peak and reduce electricity when demand and prices are high.
- You’ll help keep electricity rates down and protect our environment.
- All co-op members who enroll will be entered into a drawing for a $50 electric bill credit; 10 will be awarded.
Do you know electricity costs more when demand is high?
It’s true. The higher the demand, the higher the price Polk-Burnett pays for electricity. Polk-Burnett is a distribution cooperative and does not generate electricity; we purchase power on your behalf from Dairyland Power Cooperative in La Crosse; 56¢ of every dollar we collect is used to purchase wholesale power! The price of electricity is based on economic factors. When the electric grid experiences high demand, the price for electricity goes up.
What can you do?
Enroll to receive Beat the Peak alerts and reduce electricity when the demand and price for electricity are high. Peak alerts most often occur from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the coldest days of winter and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the hottest days of summer.
How will you know when it’s a peak alert time?
If you're enrolled in Beat the Peak and SmartHub, we'll send you a peak alert by email and/or text, depending on how you set your SmartHub notification preferences, or you can choose to receive an automated phone call when you enroll in Beat the Peak. We’ll also post peak alerts on Facebook and Twitter; be sure to like us!
Why is your help important?
Reducing peak demand helps reduce the wholesale price Polk-Burnett pays for electricity. The savings benefits everyone by keeping the rate we pay for kWh energy more affordable over time. Saving peak energy is also good for the environment because it reduces our carbon footprint and the need for power generation.
How can you reduce your electricity?
It’s easy! When you receive a peak alert in the winter:
• Lower your thermostat 4 degrees.
• Wash laundry and dishes before 5 p.m. or after 9 p.m.
• Shut off unnecessary lights and electronics.
• Turn off space heaters in garage, basement and rooms that aren’t in use.
Thank you for your help!
Your participation is voluntary and will not affect your current electric bill. However, it is important. Every little bit helps!