In Hot Weather, Adjust Power and Save Money, Utilities Say – NECN
Thursday’s hot weather, which was particularly sweltering in southern New England, has some Vermont utilities asking people to make small adjustments to their energy usage to save money for other taxpayers on future bills.
When temperatures soar in major New England population centers like Boston, Worcester and Hartford, the region’s electricity providers see the impacts.
“When the grid is stressed, electricity is expensive,” noted Jake Brown of the Vermont Electric Co-op.
The co-op was asking its members to take small steps to save energy on Thursday evening, specifically from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The goal, Brown explained, was to avoid future rate increases caused by high energy consumption during peak days in hot weather.
Thursday evening: Still warm, moderate humidity. Around 90, heat index 96. During the night of Thursday evening: Slight risk of early thunderstorm extreme north/west, otherwise humid. Lows around 70. Friday: sweltering humidity, afternoon thunder still hot and scattered. Highs in the 90s, a heat index around 100°.
Turning off pool pumps, delaying electric vehicle charging, or pre-cooling your home to reduce full air conditioning operation are some of the approaches the co-op has encouraged members to consider.
“When demand is high, costs go up,” Brown pointed out. “So if we can reduce our demand, we can reduce our costs.”
Burlington Electric had a similar plea for energy conservation Thursday night, particularly emphasizing the hours between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Darren Springer of Burlington Electric said that because of the way wholesale electricity prices are set, simple changes like not running your washer and dryer could help save tens or even hundreds of thousands. dollars for taxpayers.
“Turn off the light, maybe skip the laundry, do the dishes at that time, maybe adjust the thermostat if they can,” Springer recommended. “Every little gesture will help us.”
Green Mountain Power has a different approach in these ultra-hot days for New England.
GMP relies on its battery network throughout its coverage area, tapping into stored energy – not just the grid – to reduce costly usage.
Conserving energy during peak usage periods also helps reduce the use of polluting sources of power generation, such as oil and natural gas-fired power generation facilities, Burlington Electric noted. .