Posted: Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:16AM
Tri-County Peak Alert Notice
Tri-County Electric Cooperative's power supplier, Dairyland Power Cooperative, is experiencing high electric use on its power system Thursday due to the current heat wave, enacting a peak energy alert. Tri-County Electric asks its members to help by reducing their electric use during the hot, humid weather.
Energy conservation is critical during peak alerts, particularly between the hours of 1 pm and 5 pm. TEC will begin full load control from 1 pm to 5 pm This includes peak alert account generators, manual shut down accounts and irrigators. Members participating in the cooperative's load management programs for water heaters and air conditioners will have those items controlled. Members can check out the load control status links on TEC's website for specific control parameters.
Everyone, whether a cooperative member or not, can help reduce energy use by practicing a few simple conservation measures:
Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees. Use a programmable thermostat with your air conditioner to adjust the setting at night or when no one is home.
Use ceiling and portable fans to enhance the cooling ability of your air conditioner. Even mild air movement can make you feel cooler.
Draw shades or blinds to prevent the sun from adding more heat to the room.
Try to avoid chores requiring electrical use such as running the dishwasher and doing laundry during peak energy use periods (11 am to 7 pm)
Make sure your air conditioner filters are clean for peak efficiency.