Tip of the Week – Run Appliances During Off-Peak Hours

By | September 29, 2010

Dishwasher“Peak” energy hours are the time of day during which the most electricity is used typically the daytime. The high usage of energy can strain the electrical grid, can cause brown / black outs and even the use of older (dirtier) backup plants. It is best to have the energy usage spread out more evenly throughout the day to prevent these things from happening. As an incentive, most utility companies offer a two-tiered rate plans, charging less for energy used during off-peak hours.

If you run your dishwasher, washing machine and other energy intensive appliances during off-peak electric times, you’ll save on energy and in turn money. Off-peak hours are different for every area, but are usually after 9pm and before 7am during the week.

4 thoughts on “Tip of the Week – Run Appliances During Off-Peak Hours

  1. Mandy Aguiar

    This is a really great tip that I will definately use. I am a college student so I am usually up during those hours anyways. On my blog (www.mygreenmetamorphosis.worpress.com) I’ll be talking about other ways to conserve electricity with household appliances.

  2. Manda Jamsey

    That is a super great go green tip – it’s one people overlook so often, but in reality it can make a big difference! Thanks!

  3. Charlotte

    What a great tip, in my house the washing machine seems to be inuse every day so i will give it a go trying to use it during these times and see if it helps to reduce the cost.

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