2013-07-18 / Top News

Consumers urged to curb electric use

SHENANDOAH VALLEY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE REQUESTS THAT MEMBERS CURB ELECTRICAL ENERGY USAGE

MT. CRAWFORD – A request is being made by Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), that due to forecasted extreme heat conditions across its service territory this week and subsequent excessive energy consumption, members make every attempt to conserve electricity during the peak demand time in the evenings, from about 3-8 p.m. Electrical energy is priced when demand for the product is at its peak; therefore, a collective reduction in peak demand for electrical energy will result in savings for SVEC’s member/owners and reduce constraints on the region’s transmission and generation assets.

Additionally, SVEC wants to make members aware that with the current extreme temperatures, higher electric bills could result due to increased use of electrical energy. With highs in the mid to upper 90s, increased electricity bills are possible.

With temperatures hovering around the 90 degree mark, more people stay inside, and more electricity is being used to cool homes and businesses, which leads to higher total electric bills. Any unnecessary electrical usage should be curtailed to a minimum during this time, as electricity supplies are tight. SVEC members can take simple electricity conservation steps:

• If health permits, set air conditioner thermostats higher than usual.
• Close curtains and blinds to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside.
• Turn off electric appliances and equipment that you do not need or are not using.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative understands members’ concerns about high bills. SVEC would like to remind their members to control energy use by being aware of how much energy is being used, and taking appropriate conservation measures. Information about how to best conserve energy is on SVEC’s Web site at www.svec.coop, and Energy Saver booklets are available at all district offices.

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