When you flip on the light switch in your home, the electricity you need to power that light bulb is there in an instant. Just the right amount of power is flowing into your home to run your clothes washer and dryer, dishwasher, and electronics.
How electricity gets to your home or business is no easy feat. The power grid, which can be described as the largest, most complex machine ever built, involves an intricate network of power lines crisscrossing neighborhoods and open country, over mountains and through cities. The tricky thing about electricity is that it must be moved to where it is needed on demand.
What’s more, the demand for electricity fluctuates throughout the day based on your needs; and over the years, the needs change as our lives have become more dependent on electricity.
The more electricity used by everyone and the more electricity demanded in an instant – generally in the evening when getting home from work, cooking dinner, running the dishwasher, doing laundry and many other household chores that use electricity – the Co-op’s equipment has to be adequately sized to meet this demand.
To assist with this demand, we’ve started to put the power in your hands to help monitor and manage your energy use. In the upcoming months, you’ll notice we added a “Power Peak” section on your bill. Power Peak (otherwise known as demand) is the maximum amount of electrical power demanded from your home at a particular time, within your last billing period.
PVREA is providing each members’ Power Peak on the bill because it gives more insight to members about how they are using electricity. Further, members have several tools to manage energy and become more energy efficient.
Log into your account online or in the app to view your energy use down to hourly increments and talk with us if you ever have questions about your bill. Go through the Home Energy Adventure on our website and learn where you can make energy efficiency measures in your home or business. Take advantage of our rebates on lighting, appliances, heating and cooling, and electric vehicle chargers.
Members also have the opportunity to buy a discounted Nest thermostat through us and participate in the Rush Hour Rewards program; you will save on heating and cooling costs with the Nest, plus earn bonuses by participating in the program.
The electric grid is complex, and we can all do our part to manage and conserve electricity. Since we’re your local co-op owned by the community, you can count on us to give you the tools and resources to help you with your energy needs and provide reliable, affordable and safe electricity whenever you need it.
President & CEO