The benefits of conservation
As we enter summer and the hottest days of the year, it is a good time to think about energy conservation. At Trico we are committed to providing reliable energy in a cost-effective manner. One way we achieve that goal is by providing our Members with guidance and tips on how to reduce energy use.
Conservation efforts have multiple benefits, including helping to reduce your bill and reducing stress on the power grid. When the summer heat arrives and air-conditioners are running, the demands on the grid increase, and so do electric bills. Each year, the demand for power from Trico’s system peaks between June and August. Trico plans for this by putting in place power supply arrangements and reserves to meet that peak.
Trico also looks to our Members to help. Relatively small actions can make a significant difference and understanding how the system works provides you with the tools to conserve. To help reduce your bill and conserve energy, you can take the following actions:
- Defer use of pool pumps, washers, dryers, or dishwashers until after 8 p.m. or before 10 a.m.
- Turn off unnecessary lights
- Unplug unused electrical devices
- Close blinds and drapes during the hottest part of the day
- Use fans to supplement your air conditioning
- Limit time the refrigerator door is open
You may wonder why waiting to run major appliances helps. Typically, the most critical time to conserve energy each day is between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. During that period energy usage increases as people return home from work, and the output of solar resources tapers off. That means that the stress on the grid is highest at that time.
To be clear, our intent is to provide convenient, simple actions you can take. You don’t have to wait to make dinner or avoid using your air conditioning to make a difference. We want you to enjoy your summer and taking these actions can help you save on your bill while also helping the Cooperative and your community.