“Beat the Peak” alert ahead of forecasted extreme temps

“Beat the Peak” alert ahead of forecasted extreme temps
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SPECIAL REPORT to Blowing Rock News. By Renee Whitener. January 18, 2019. LENOIR, NC — Blue Ridge Energy is announcing a “Beat The Peak” alert from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, January 21, ahead of extremely cold temperatures arriving late weekend.

Beat The Peak alerts are announced when extreme temperatures cause energy demand from consumers to reach critically high levels, typically on the coldest winter mornings or hottest summer afternoons.

By announcing the peak event, Blue Ridge Energy encourages members to take the following actions to reduce energy usage during the alert period of Monday, January 21, from 6 am to 9 am:

  • Lower thermostats to the lowest comfortable setting
  • Delay using large appliances such as washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers
  • Postpone or reduce hot water usage  
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and electronics

As part of Blue Ridge Energy’s efforts to manage wholesale power cost and keep rates as low as possible, the cooperative offers members the voluntary program known as Beat The Peak. By signing up for Beat The Peak alerts, members are notified in advance of a peak usage period so that they can plan to take steps to reduce energy usage during the peak. Even small actions help when members join together!

So far, total savings from all of the cooperative’s demand reduction programs are approaching half a million dollars, which goes to help control member rates.

Join Beat The Peak by signing up to receive your choice of text, email or phone alerts at: www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com/BTP

Blue Ridge Energy serves some 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties. Learn more at www.BlueRidgeEnergy.com 

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